Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Summary

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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.

Kojima releases four Phantom Pain screenshots of a very bloody Snake

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Life's not always easy for gruff mercenary Snake, and some new screenshots released from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain suggest it's not going to get any easier in the forthcoming stealth game.

Series creator Hideo Kojima tweeted four separate images of the mercenary in his transport chopper, liberally sprayed with blood.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes gives "solid" PC sales for Konami

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Konami has revealed the PC version of the prologue Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has done "solid" numbers on PC, although they didn't reveal the exact figures in their recent fiscal.

It hit Steam in December, having enjoyed a million sales in March 2014 on consoles. Overall Konami's digital arm saw revenue dip, for the nine months leading to December 31st.

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