There are enormous expectations for Metal Gear Solid 4. Not
only is it likely the final chapter from the series’ creator Hideo Kojima and
the fourth entry in a long line of exceptional PlayStation games, it’s also
been heralded as sort of a savior for the PS3.
Whether or not it’s fair to put such a responsibility onto
MGS4, Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed the game’s significance
to growing sales of the PS3. A brand new PS3
bundle with MGS4 that will bring
back the 80GB model, underlining the game’s importance.
After several delays, Konami has finally announced a launch
date for Metal Gear Solid 4 – Thursday, June 12. Unlike with nearly all other
games, MGS4 will launch simultaneously in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia,
so no gamer will have to be envious of his or her counterpart across the various
"Blockbuster events and premieres are a tradition of
the summer," said Kazumi Kitaue, Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.
CEO. "We anticipate that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the
Patriots fits that bill perfectly, and consumers will be waiting in line to get
their copy of the game just like it's a hit Hollywood movie."
While the extra storage afforded by Blu-ray Disc often helps
transitions between territories, as multiple localizations can exist on the
same pressing, the 50GB disc won’t help Metal Gear Solid 4. In fact, the
developers may have hit the storage wall, as there will be insufficient
storage to fit both the English and Japanese voice tracks on the same disc.
Launching alongside MGS4 will be a Metal Gear Online
"Starter Pack" supporting online gameplay with up to 16 players.
Those who pre-order MGS4 will receive download code for the Metal Gear Online
beta test as well as a special Metal Gear Saga 2.0 DVD.
Now the only thing left undetermined is if Konami will sell
a special/collector’s edition of MGS4 outside of Japan.
Japanese gamers will get two versions: the "Standard
Version" including Metal Gear Online Starter Pack, and the "Special
Edition" including a Blu-ray Disc of bonus features in addition to
everything included in the Standard Version.
quote: With the global number of video-gamers all around the world increasing everyday
quote: but MGS4 will definitely be a popular, not to mention worthwhile, game that many of us will be talking about for years to come.
quote: Besides, it's a 50GB game people. Need I say more?
quote: Why not the PS3? Do you think only the hardcore gamers are buying PS3s like with the Xbox 360?
quote: MGS1,2 & 3 were all highly rated and successful games that have sold millions of copies each.
quote: Yea, it is a big deal. As in, compression typically decreases the quality of the audio and video and thus that's something that the team at Kojima Production won't have to worry about.
quote: truthfully, isn't everything about this gen a gimmick?
quote: I think that there are millions of people willing to buy a ps3 and MSG4 just because past games were so highly praised.
quote: That just means they didn't bother to use any sort of compression. Sounds more like a marketing gimmick than some sort of accomplishment. So they can cram 50GB of cutscenes, and audio uncompressed onto a BR-Disc with some gameplay. Big deal?