Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Summary

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Actor pleads "don't throw away" MGS5: The Phantom Pain "because upper management fired a genius"

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Actor Donna Burke, who lends her voice to the iDroid, says fans shouldn't "throw away" five year's work from the Kojima Productions team on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain all because Hideo Kojima 'was fired'.

It's been in the news for a while now that Konami and Hideo Kojima aren't on the best terms, although there's been no public acknowledgement of exactly what's occurred.

Report: Sony Pictures lands film rights to Metal Gear Solid, writer and director attached

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Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid is sneaking into cinemas according to a report from Deadline, which says Sony Pictures has landed a deal for the rights to a film adaptation of the complex conspiracy caper.

British writer Jay Basu is attached, though Kojima-san could have input. It's also said Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be directing MGS, which is based off the 1998 release on the original PlayStation.

Hideo Kojima and team to leave Konami after major dispute, Metal Gear franchise will continue under new management team

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Rumours suggest that there has been a major disagreement between Kojima Productions and Konami, with Hideo Kojima and several key developers now expected to leave the publisher after the release of Metal Gear Solid 5.

Konami has subsequently put out a press release (as yet incompletely translated from Japanese, unfortunately) that assures fans the Metal Gear franchise will continue, and that the firm is looking for new senior management figures to work on a new entry in the series.

*UPDATED* Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date confirmed, Collector's Edition includes bionic arm

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Not a real bionic arm, obviously. Splash out $99 on the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector's Edition and you'll net a bunch of goodies including a half-scale replica of Snake's bionic arm (essential), a behind-the-scenes documentary, a steel-book case, a map, and the game's various trailers on BluRay, along with some unique in-game items.

Konami also confirmed The Phantom Pain's September 1 release date, to nobody's surprise, and revealed a Day One Edition that packs in a more modest collection of pre-order bonuses.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released this September 1

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You hear that squealing sound? That's the sound of millions of nerds crying out in excitement (me included) because we now have a solid, if not yet officially confirmed, release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - September 1 2015.

Konami had planned to reveal the date in an official announcement tomorrow but, as usual, the internet hive mind put paid to that.

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