Following speculation over a definitive edition of Metal Gear Solid 5, Konami officially announces a new bundle titled Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience.
Following a very public fall out with Hideo Kojima during the development of Metal Gear Solid 5 and the subsequent announcement that it intends to step away from triple-A console development, not only has Konami had to weather backlash over its decision to stick to a mobile-only business model, but it has also had to address fan concerns over the future of the Metal Gear franchise. While it doesn't appear that Konami is developing any large-budget titles anytime soon, the developer has now made a new announcement that should at least make Metal Gear Solid 5 fans and large-scale game fans happy in the short term.
After the reveal of Metal Gear Survive just a few weeks ago, Konami has now followed that up by announcing the upcoming release of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience. The new bundle will be released on October 11 in the US and on October 13 in the UK, and will contain both Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, as well as all the available DLC released for both games.
After rumors over the existence of a definitive edition of Metal Gear Solid 5 started coming up last month, the announcement of this new bundle isn't too surprising. Given that Metal Gear Survive is a smaller scale spin-off featuring none of the franchise's beloved core characters – something that fans are quite unhappy about – the upcoming re-release of Metal Gear Solid 5 should placate fans in the short term.
But with fans still unhappy over the treatment of Kojima, the seemingly ill-advised Metal Gear Survive continuation, and other questionable decisions made over the last few years, Konami will have to do quite a bit to win fans back, and repackaging all the Metal Gear Solid 5 content in one convenient bundle is a small step in the right direction.
Should Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience sell well come October – and based on the positive reviews of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, there's a good chance of it doing so – perhaps this could give Konami an incentive to develop a proper, full-fledged Metal Gear entry rather than banking on the franchise's goodwill and Metal Gear Solid pachinko machines.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience is scheduled for release on October 11 in the US and on October 13 in the UK for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.