Saturday, December 6, 2014

The new "Metal Gear Online" world-reveal at The Game Awards 2014.

"Tactical Team Operations" is the tagline for the newest entry in Metal Gear Online, as presented a few hours ago at The Game Awards 2014. The première gameplay trailer shows two teams (one led by Big Boss) sneaking around each other, trying to eliminate or even "capture" enemy players (per the, famous now, Fulton StA Recovery System). 

The trailer seems like a mesh of features in one mode or several different game modes edited together for the presentation. At one point, players seem able of hijacking and riding the "mini-MGs" (not their actual name), the small bipedal walking tanks that Big Boss has been shown piloting in the E3 2013 MGSV trailer. At another, the once hilarious dirty magazines that distracted enemy soldiers and cleared a path have been replaced with adorable stuffed husky pups.

Previous games in the Online series featured standard game modes (such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Point Capture etc), with the occasional specialized mode suited to the series and its stealth roots.

This Metal Gear Online is the third iteration of the series' online component. The first was introduced with Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence almost nine years ago, the expansion package to the 2004, award-winning Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for the Playstation 2. The first "MGO" was shut down in the twilight of the PS2 and succeeded by the next instalment, which came packaged with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in 2008 and released for the Playstation 3. That version (which is usually referred to as "MGO2") was also shut down in 2012.

While the new MGO is technically the third game bearing the title, the series has featured online play in its hand-held instalments as well, both with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (and the "MPO+" expansion, designed specifically for online content) and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which actually serves as the direct narrative predecessor to MGSV. The online component of Peace Walker, while not as broad and rich as Metal Gear Online, accompanied the title's HD port on the home consoles (PS3/XBOX360) as well.

The MGS official site has been updated with the news about the upcoming online component. The new Metal Gear Online is developed by Kojima Productions' new LA Studio and the game has been confirmed to be bundled with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at no extra cost.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for release in 2015, on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBOX360, XBOX One and MS Windows-compatible PC

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