Hideo Kojima confirmed in an interview with CVG that there will be an online version of the Metal Gear universe – called Metal Gear Online – in development alongside Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. “Yes, we plan on creating Metal Gear Online,” Kojima told CVG. “Multiplayer right now is being created at our LA studio as well as us. We’re working closely to create a vast multiplayer for all the fans.”
This isn’t first time the Metal Gear franchise has had an online element, allegedly. According to Tech2, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker had an an online element to it (but apparently it only went as far as co-op on certain missions). The only other games to have online play was the apparent first inception for Metal Gear Online, which shipped with Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, and along with the release of Metal Gear Solid 4. The original servers for Metal Gear Online were shut down, however, back in June 2012.
In the same interview, Kojima said that Metal Gear Solid 5 will have a “big surprise” in store for Metal Gear Solid fans.
Kojima has not yet revealed any details on what the new iteration of Metal Gear Online would offer up to gamers. I could be possible that MGO turns out to be just an online component in Metal Gear Solid 5 instead of a separate affiliated game.
My only experience with the Metal Gear Solid franchise has been Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, as well as some of the original Metal Gear Solid. Beyond those three, however, I haven’t dabbled into any of the other games in franchise personally.
A Metal Gear Solid 5 gameplay trailer was shown during Microsoft’s E3 show, showing off dynamic stealth techniques and wide-open spaces in which to do the stealth techniques. In amongst that, there was also various ways of transport to get around said wide-open spaces as well as stylised introductions of all the characters that are going to be featured in the game.
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