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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Product Details Revealed!

Brandon Laurino's Avatar + Posted by Brandon Laurino on Apr 10, 2008 // Executive Producer, Dust 514

Hi all! Since Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is such a huge release, with so many different promotions and packages, we thought we’d take some time to clarify the rumors and speculation going on out there, as well as break some news about what we’ll be offering.

In case you have not heard, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots hits stores June 12th, 2008 and is rated “M” by the ESRB. This is for all the different configurations of the product, detailed below, which includes: the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Standard Edition, the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition, the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” PLAYSTATION 3 Hardware Bundle, and the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition PLAYSTATION 3 Hardware Bundle. We’ll get to details on each of these below.

First, the “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” free pre-order bonus offer DVD with MGO Beta Unique Product Voucher Code insert…

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This is a special offer, made through participating retailers and store locations, for customers that pre-order either the MGS4 Standard Edition or the MGS4 Limited Edition. We’ve been receiving reports over the last couple of weeks that store locations have been making the item available as soon as they’ve gotten the shipments in. As of this writing, participating retailers and their respective store locations should be getting their shipments and making them available. Unfortunately, we don’t have any more granular information beyond that, so you really have to check with your retailer/store location of choice, see if they are participating, and find out when and if they will have stock available. Also, please bear in mind, quantities are very limited, so you will have to do a bit of “legwork” to secure your copy while supplies last.

The “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” DVD contains extensive original video content, which primarily focuses on the interconnected history of the “Snakes”: Big Boss (Naked Snake), Liquid Snake, Solidus Snake, and of course, Solid Snake. Additionally, the DVD contains a compilation of the MGS4 trailers to date and a special Prologue video to MGS4.

An insert in the “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” DVD case is your ticket to the Metal Gear Online Beta, containing the Unique Product Voucher Code (UPVC) and instructions on redeeming the UPVC to download the Beta client via the PlayStation Store when the download becomes available. The download of the MGO Beta will be available from April 17th 2008 to May 5th 2008 and the game play will be available from April 21st 2008 to May 5th 2008.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have heard a lot of questions from customers who have attained the “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” DVD, particularly about redeeming their UPVC via the PlayStation Store right now. Let’s make this clear: you CAN NOT redeem the UPVC for the MGO Beta download until April 17th, you will get an error until then. Do not attempt to redeem your UPVC for the MGO Beta right now, it won’t work! You will be able to do so April 17th!

Second, the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Standard Edition …

MGS 4 Covershot

Yes, the image above represents the final box art for the MGS4 SE. Mr. Kojima and his team specifically designed the packaging art to convey his artistic vision for MGS4 – for all you MGS fans, this has been the status quo since the beginning of the franchise. If you have put in the extra effort to pre-order with a participating retailer/store location, while supplies last, you can also obtain the “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” DVD with MGO Beta Unique Product Voucher Code insert (detailed above). This product, of course, includes the full game of MGS4 as well as the Metal Gear Online “Starter Pack”. What is an MGO “Starter Pack”? We’ll get to that in just a little bit below, suffice to say, it is a full and complete multiplayer component of MGS4. Additionally, exclusively available through GameStop, customers reserving the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Standard Edition will receive an exclusive MGS4 Art Book at time of purchase. This offer is good while supplies last, see stores for details. The MSRP of the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Standard Edition is $59.99 USD.

Third, the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition…

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Yes, we just revealed another never before seen final box in this article, this time for the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition, which will be available exclusively through GameStop. The MGS4 LE contains everything the SE offers (above, yes, with the potential to get the “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” DVD with MGO Beta Unique Product Voucher Code insert), as well as a collectible box with exclusive artwork by famed Kojima Productions illustrator Yoji Shinkawa, an additional Blu-ray disc containing two unique and never-before-seen Metal Gear Solid “Making of…” documentaries, and the MGS4 Soundtrack. Additionally, customers reserving the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition will receive an exclusive MGS4 Art Book at time of purchase. This offer is good while supplies last, see stores for details. The MSRP of the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition is $84.99 USD.

Fourth, the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” PLAYSTATION 3 Hardware Bundle…                          

PS3_MetalGearsolid-bundle-package

Again, hot off the presses, a never before seen box! Of note, for the first time ever, the PS3 will be packaged in a white box as opposed to the typical black one, and of course, is also branded with MGS4 goodness! Inside you will find the 80GB PLAYSTATION 3 package (yes, the 80GB PS3 has been resurrected for this bundle), and will include a PS3 DualShock 3 controller – yes, the PS3 controller that rumbles, and the MGS4 SE (detailed above).

Fifth, the “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition PLAYSTATION 3 Hardware Bundle …

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Sorry, no box reveal this time (we have to keep some surprises :-) )! We are confirming that there will be a North America offering of this VERY, VERY Limited Edition bundle! This is the “gunmetal grey” PS3 – the one seen selling out in a matter of moments in Japan at the KonamiStyle web store. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting product!

Lastly, sixth, we’d like to shed some light on “Metal Gear Online” and the MGO “Starter Pack” that comes with MGS4 …

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From what we’ve seen here at Konami, there has been some confusion as to what exactly a “Starter Pack” is, so let’s put that to rest right now.

The MGO “Starter Pack” that comes with MGS4 (all configurations, detailed above) is a full-fledged, fully-featured multiplayer component of MGS4. It is not a “demo” or “teaser” in any way, as some have speculated. It comes packed with maps, weapons/items, an in-depth character creator – where your character can be personalized, and most importantly, customized – with special abilities that can be “leveled” and improved through experience, the SOP system, and much more. There will also be an extremely deep community experience through a specialized portal that will feature stats, communication, and other never before seen features – which we’ll dig into at a later date…

So, you may be wondering why we call it a “Starter Pack”, well, the answer is very simple: because it’s just the beginning. We have a huge slate of downloadable content planned for the game which encompasses new maps, weapons/items, and much more. Eurogamer has a fantastic preview up, which is a great primer on MGO, and details some of the unique features that show why it’s not just another shooter…

But, of course, if you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll be able to get your hands on the MGO Beta in just a couple of weeks (April 21st 2008 – May 5th 2008), and see for yourself!

Also, please don’t forget to check out the latest KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS REPORT from Ryan Payton at Kojima Productions in Japan!

And with that, we end this particular article. We’ll be watching the comments, so please let us know your thoughts, and specifically what you’d like to hear (we’ll do our best to address your burning questions, but please bear in mind, we’re really busy working on MGS4 among a lot of other great Konami games, so please understand we will not be able to get to everyone’s questions)!

Check back here on the PS Blog next Monday, April 14th 2008, as we have a very special surprise in store for you! See you next Monday!

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+ depward on April 10th, 2008 at 11:32 am said:

Man, awesome. Love it. Can’t wait to start playing the beta!


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+ superbone547 on April 10th, 2008 at 11:34 am said:

Looks freaking awsome. I don’t understand the point fo two PS3 bundles with MGS4, but hopefully the details will be cleared up later regarding that. But the gunmetal grey looks freaking awsome. If I didn’t have a PS3 already, I would probably be getting that bundle, just based off the looks.


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+ Fersis on April 10th, 2008 at 11:35 am said:

awesome.
I bought my ps3 last week, just for this game.
AWESOME, this is truly the first Next Gen game.
I live on argentina , so i wont have any chance to MGO beta right ? :(


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+ frito on April 10th, 2008 at 11:36 am said:

I should have just enough time to beat Grand theft auto 4 by June!

Can’t wait for this great game!

too bad it looks like we will be paying for lots of DLC for MGSonline… hopefully Konami won’t we too greedy..

Wonder what the surprise is on April 14th….

cheers!


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+ WHAT on April 10th, 2008 at 11:39 am said:

The rating system does not go high enough for this news. :)


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+ Makasu on April 10th, 2008 at 11:40 am said:

*gasp*


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+ XxBigP123xX on April 10th, 2008 at 11:40 am said:

Looks okay, i guess.


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+ Cobra Girl on April 10th, 2008 at 11:41 am said:

Wow!! I’m sure glad I’ve got my Limited Edition copy re-ordered and my Beta Key in my hot little hands!! Great job guys! Keep up the good work!


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+ APaz on April 10th, 2008 at 11:42 am said:

How much will the MGS4 PS3 hardware bundle be?


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+ shun goku satsu on April 10th, 2008 at 11:42 am said:

This is A LOT to take in. I nearly fainted.


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+ FFObsessed on April 10th, 2008 at 11:42 am said:

Will EUROPE be getting a Limited Edition MGS4 release?


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+ erico316 on April 10th, 2008 at 11:43 am said:

well this is a request i bet no one will answer but is there anyway to get my copy of mgs4 sign by the team that made the game i dont mind sending you guys my copy of the game i would pay the money really huge fan of the metal gears solid game and its the only game i looking forward to i also have the essential collection and i have the origanal ones also.One thing i wondering will there be mini games inmgs4 like there was in mgs2?please answer me back!!!


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+ PaiPai on April 10th, 2008 at 11:45 am said:

Quick question:

Does the Soundtrack come ON the bonus Blu-ray Disc, or does it come on a separate CD?


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+ Frazz on April 10th, 2008 at 11:45 am said:

That boxart looks badass


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+ Voozi on April 10th, 2008 at 11:46 am said:

Surprise on the PS Store…MGS 4 DEMO!?!!? ;D


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+ Polyphony NL on April 10th, 2008 at 11:46 am said:

That’s just, WOW!
Ials have all the previous titles and special ediditions. MGS4 time cant come soon enough


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+ Neil on April 10th, 2008 at 11:47 am said:

Jeff, can you make this blog post (and the store update video) available to view on the PS3′s Information Bar?


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+ infamous_31 on April 10th, 2008 at 11:47 am said:

I hope MGO will be great like the single player of MGS4


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+ Athanasios on April 10th, 2008 at 11:48 am said:

My jaw just hit the floor, haha. Thanks for the news.


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+ senjutsu_dav on April 10th, 2008 at 11:48 am said:

Looking nice.

Question: MGO cost how many?


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+ Fersis on April 10th, 2008 at 11:50 am said:

what could be the surprise on 14th…
the PS Store reopens the 15th right?
So it couldtn be a demo…
If it is the DEMO oh man !!! I have to call in sick at my job all week long !!!


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+ lakaihigh on April 10th, 2008 at 11:51 am said:

just pre-ordered MGS4: LE yesterday and watched all the vid recaps and trailers. I am so hyped about this game its unbelievable. can’t wait till the beta gets started. can’t wait to get my tactical espionage action on in two weeks!

peace,
Lh


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+ darkiewonder on April 10th, 2008 at 11:51 am said:

freaking awesome! I have my Preorder for the LE version of the game. Needs price for the LE Ps3 though. NOW!

But can you give us a hint what’s happening on Monday? :3


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+ Seanscythe2 on April 10th, 2008 at 11:52 am said:

got mine, i’ll be online playing asap when this is open to play!
add me PSN Name: Seanscythe


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+ scorpio on April 10th, 2008 at 11:52 am said:

OMG!!! Was just looking at ordering MGS4 then say this aritcle and it answered all my questions……

Hope there are still beta discs out there….


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+ stefen on April 10th, 2008 at 11:53 am said:

How much is the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” PLAYSTATION 3 Hardware Bundle?


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+ NewYork214 on April 10th, 2008 at 11:55 am said:

cant wait for this game i got my MGS saga Vol.2 about 5 days ago from my gamestop. cant wait to try out MGO. i think i will pick up the limited edition MGS4. too bad it doesn’t come with a reversible cover so u can have the limited edition cover on one side and the standard edition cover on the other.


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+ B1ack_Magic on April 10th, 2008 at 11:56 am said:

MGO comes with MGS4.

And any news on Europe?


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+ CitizenInsane27 on April 10th, 2008 at 11:57 am said:

I was just wondering why the beta’s gameplay is only available for 2 weeks? Seems kind of short for a beta…


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+ Ninja Kn1ght on April 10th, 2008 at 11:57 am said:

Great post. MGS4 will be amazing.

Do you guys at Konami know if Europe will be getting a Limited Edition of MGS4 ?


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+ Ashhong on April 10th, 2008 at 11:58 am said:

can you please clarify information about the limited edition? going by the picture,

1. will the box open via the top half of the box instead of like a regular box?

2. will there be a regular blu-ray case inside of the tin box for the game and additional content?

3. what cover art will these have? specifically the game? thanks!


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+ SPARDA on April 10th, 2008 at 11:59 am said:

Got my MGS4 LE pre-ordered and the Saga Vol. 2” DVD with MGO Beta Unique Product Voucher Code insert.

I am ready baby!!!

Thanks for the update anf the pictures

:)


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+ DDBdestroyer on April 10th, 2008 at 12:00 pm said:

swweeeettttt – the bundle looks really nice – i thought it looked really cool how the reflection of snake was on the ps3 – that would be such a nice paintjob for it lol – not sure if it’s included or it was just the box that was mentioned – cant wait!!


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+ PaiPai on April 10th, 2008 at 12:00 pm said:

Another question…Is there any chance the Gun Metal DUALSHOCK 3 will be sold separately, so those of us who already own PS3s can still partake in the awesomeness?


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+ CitizenInsane27 on April 10th, 2008 at 12:05 pm said:

Wait! So does the statement “yes, we resurrected the 80GB model for this bundle” confirm that the SKU is dead??

I hope that’s not the case, there are plenty of consumers still waiting for them to come in to stores.


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+ Spartan_X on April 10th, 2008 at 12:06 pm said:

nice! :)

no action figures? :P


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+ Cerberus_Hunter on April 10th, 2008 at 12:07 pm said:

Love the LE design.

I can’t wait for MGS4!


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+ Theossie on April 10th, 2008 at 12:07 pm said:

Not that this relates to me (I’ve already pre-ordered the game and I’ve got my beta code), but will MGO starter be available on the PSN to purchase separately as well.


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+ StalkingSilence on April 10th, 2008 at 12:08 pm said:

Thanks for the clarification. I haven’t played a MGS since 1 or maybe 2 (cringes as others might make fun of me). Should I watch the DVD or play MGS 3 if I want to understand the story enough to play MGS4? Please don’t say both… I’m not that much of a hardcore fan – but I can’t help getting excited with all of the promo news.


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+ KillThem on April 10th, 2008 at 12:09 pm said:

~Two Quick Question~
Is there any particular reason that the Limited Edition is about 15 dollars more than the Regular?
I mean with 10 I was ok but that extra 5 dollars inches it ever closer to 100 dollars for a game and people have limited money.

Second.
Why such a departure on the Standard Edition Boxart which is almost a 180 from MGS1 – MGS3 (except the special collection)?

Doubt this will be answered but i decided to voice my opinion anyways.


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+ Theossie on April 10th, 2008 at 12:11 pm said:

Oh, and could we possibly purchase the gunmetal DS3 controllers separately.

Thanks!!


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+ QGNorml on April 10th, 2008 at 12:12 pm said:

Can’t wait to get started with the beta, it should make the wait for June 12th a little bit easier… nah, not really.


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+ TheGraciousOne on April 10th, 2008 at 12:13 pm said:

Ugh! What ugly boxart on the Standard and Limited Editions.

I prefer this fanmade one at VGBoxart. That one is much cooler.


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+ JEFREGOSO on April 10th, 2008 at 12:14 pm said:

EXPECTING A GREAT GAME FOR OUR PS3 IN STORE FOR PLAYSTATION WHEN WE WANT TO BUY FOR MEXICO AND CONTENT


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+ StalkingSilence on April 10th, 2008 at 12:14 pm said:

Clarification:
The “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PLAYSTATION 3 Hardware Bundle” is still a black PS3 right? The reflection on the system is an artistic thing for the packaging – we don’t expect to see actual artwork on the system, right?


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+ joel on April 10th, 2008 at 12:14 pm said:

I want to get the LE just for that box art, but I dont think its worth another $25 bucks for just art, and music.


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+ maRzTYPE on April 10th, 2008 at 12:15 pm said:

Getting that gunmetal PS3 for sure. Will those boxes also potentially contain the wireless 5.1 Sony headphones that some lucky Japanese people will also get from KonamiStyle?


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+ reson8er on April 10th, 2008 at 12:16 pm said:

What GB is the Limited Edition PS3?

Is it a 40 or 80? (or somthing in-between?)

Thank you!


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+ StalkingSilence on April 10th, 2008 at 12:16 pm said:

“specialized portal” = home?


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+ SPARDA on April 10th, 2008 at 12:18 pm said:

This thing is SEXY!!!

http://i29.tinypic.com/2vlvgxv.jpg

I am going to hav to by a second PS3… :)


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