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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…                          

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

I can not wait until I get both versions and the bundle thanks for the final pic of what the bundle will look like .


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+ rsx3.2 on April 10th, 2008 at 12:18 pm said:

Hey could you please verify something??? SO i got my saga disc yesterday in Canada,and i had already preordered the limited edition at eb games in Canada. Does this mean it’s available at EB Canada?? And will it have the art book??? A lot of Canadians are confused. P.S Lot the saga disc by the way.


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+ StalkingSilence on April 10th, 2008 at 12:20 pm said:

@ 21, Fersis
Man – i wish!


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+ Brownber on April 10th, 2008 at 12:21 pm said:

Wow! I don’t need to say how awesome this game looks!
I’m sorry to put this on an American blog (If SCEE would actually get off their backside and do something useful once in a while, like make a European blog, then I wouldn’t have to), but do you have any clarification as to whether us lowly Europeans will be getting all this awesome special edition stuff (or even a beta?), or if we’ll be stuck with a simple standard edition (which will still rock anyway!)? It’s just that if the limited edition comes out in the UK, then I’ll undoubtedly get that version over the standard edition come June 12.
Again, sorry for spamming the American blog – I even checked the Konami Europe site before I posted here, but the only news on there is a picture of the European standard edition box art!
P.s. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou Konami for a simultaneous worldwide release! Us Brits love you!


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+ aaquib on April 10th, 2008 at 12:21 pm said:

Sweet! Great stuff.


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+ TristanMike on April 10th, 2008 at 12:22 pm said:

Hey Brandon,

According to your post, can you please confirm one thing….

I live in Canada, are you saying I CAN NOT buy the Limited Edition of Metal Gear Solid 4 ?


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+ leetfoo on April 10th, 2008 at 12:24 pm said:

Will MGS4 support 1080p?


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+ Dr. Strangepork on April 10th, 2008 at 12:25 pm said:

I can’t wait for 6/12! I have my $$ saved up already for one of the bundles. I was hoping that both would have the matte grey version of the PS3 but it sounds like only the Limited edition will have that. That’s too bad.

Otherwise this is exciting news! I was really hoping to get the first PS2 with DS3 packed in but to have MGS4 as well . . . awesome.

I also hope the “standard” PS3/MGS4 bundle will be priced just like a pack in game i.e. USD$499. We’ll see.

How, where, and when can I pre-order these things?

Dr. SP


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+ SILV3R_ on April 10th, 2008 at 12:26 pm said:

I’m left out.. We don’t have GameStop here in Canada. I went to 2 EBGames store and both said

“This is EBGames store not GameStop, we don’t offer special bundle on MGS4. But you can reserve a copy.”

Yes. That’s the exact words. So, I just walked out and decided I’ll wait till release date and maybe get it from microplay store.


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+ XxBigP123xX on April 10th, 2008 at 12:27 pm said:

as we have a very special surprise in store for you! See you next Monday!

I feel like this is a cryptic message. The store updates the day after and he says that they’ll have something very special “in store” for us.


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+ Zaku on April 10th, 2008 at 12:27 pm said:

Great info. Going to have to bump my preorder up to the Limited Edition.


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+ gmoney on April 10th, 2008 at 12:29 pm said:

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE ANSWER THIS QUESTION:

will you be able to buy a gun metal grey controller outside of the bundle, or do you have to purchase the entire thing to get it? i would love to have two of them to match when i buy mine, but i obviously can’t afford three systems! (i will still have my old black one)


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+ BazC on April 10th, 2008 at 12:30 pm said:

Will the Uk be getting a MGS bundle or are you guys still stuck in the fantasy world that is ‘PAL doesn’t care for Snake’? Because I’m planning on buying a PS3 when Haze and more specifically MGS4 hits and a MGS bundle would be perfect for me, as it would my flat mate who’s also planning on getting a PS3


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+ NAZAR on April 10th, 2008 at 12:31 pm said:

Konami, answer about Limited MGS4 bundle in Europe or we will be VERY disappointed (i.e. lots of petitions, press responds, blogs support, forums discussion etc).

AND DON’T FORGET WHO BUY MORE GAMES. BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHO – EUROPEANS.

And stop stupid IP-filtering at Japan MGO beta. We don’t have our (Europe) beta so we use yours (Japan).


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+ Submish on April 10th, 2008 at 12:32 pm said:

Got my beta code, and I can’t wait. Can you answer one question Brandon? Is the Sneaking Mission mode going to be in the beta? Thanks in advance!!


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+ Protopet on April 10th, 2008 at 12:32 pm said:

Will the game included in the bundle have all the PR/legal stuff. “Not for resale, etc.” that takes up half of the cover?

I saw that Motorstorm, included in the old 80gb bundle had all that.

It would be nice if the SE retail game was in there.


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+ kagenish on April 10th, 2008 at 12:34 pm said:

i want that ps3


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+ whoelse on April 10th, 2008 at 12:34 pm said:

Please bring both bundles to Europe!


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+ Pistolaero on April 10th, 2008 at 12:35 pm said:

June 12 is so far away! Dammit!


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+ superbone547 on April 10th, 2008 at 12:36 pm said:

The picture on the SE looks freaking sweet. It’s probably CG, but is there any chance that it’s in-game graphics there?


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+ NAZAR on April 10th, 2008 at 12:36 pm said:

Konami, i’m not joking! If you won’t answer about Europe MGS packages, then i will bring an army (about 5k users) of very angry russian MGS fans and will spoil this american blog.

WHAT WILL WE GET?!! (in Europe)


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+ umbrae on April 10th, 2008 at 12:40 pm said:

Great news. Love the LE boxart.

I’d love to know about PS Home and MGS4. There haven’t been any info about that yet.


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+ BYU-I on April 10th, 2008 at 12:43 pm said:

I love MGS… *sigh*


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+ Nex_Gen on April 10th, 2008 at 12:44 pm said:

The MGS4 LE “Gunmetal” Bundle that was sold in Japan was a 40GB version. The Regular MGS4 US bundle was comfirmed by Sony to be an 80GB PS3. Will this LE “Gunmetal” Bundle ship as an 80GB or will it be a 40GB version like its Japanese release?


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+ sascha23 on April 10th, 2008 at 12:44 pm said:

I just suffered a minor stroke from this drool-worty post.

Fortunately all my important parts required to play MGS4 are still operational. ;)


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+ MrBeatdown on April 10th, 2008 at 12:45 pm said:

I have the LE preordered but I have a few questions. Since I’ll be spending an extra $25, I’d like to know exactly what I’m getting.

1. Is the soundtrack on a CD or is it included on the Blu-Ray. If it is included on the Blu-Ray, will we still be able to save the music to our PS3 so we can listen to it without needing the disc and be able to transfer it to a computer or to an iPod?

2. Can you provide more details on the soundtrack? How many tracks? Is this a soundtrack nofor MGS4 or the whole series?

3. I know that the LE comes with a special metal case, but I like to have a standard PS3 game case as well. So my question is… will the standard game, including the regular old plastic game case, be included in addition to the metal case? Basically, when I open up the LE box, will I pull out a copy of the game like I would find on store shelves?

4. About how long are these “Making of…” features.

5. On GameStop.com, it says that 4 chapters of a graphic novel are included. Can you explain what this is? Is it on the Blu-Ray disc?

I think that’s all the questions I can come up with for now. Hopefully you can answer these.

Thanks!


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+ Violater on April 10th, 2008 at 12:45 pm said:

The standard edition boxart looks like a late April fools joke in comparison to the LE.
It needs to be said.


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+ byrd864 on April 10th, 2008 at 12:46 pm said:

I’m still super confused about MGO and this starter pack. First, MGO, does it come with both editions of the game (stupid question, but must be asked)? And this starter pack, does it only come with a preorder? Or will it be made available at the time of the release on June 12 for the SE and or LM editions?

btw I love that gun metal gray. I drool everytime. Ahem (cough) note to Sony maybe you should make DS3’s in a variety of different colors… Make some Limited Edition colors and slap another 5 bucks on it…you’ll be sold. I say 5 bucks because there would have to be an incentive to making these.


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+ MetalGearJ on April 10th, 2008 at 12:49 pm said:

I’m Curious if the LE MGS4 PS3 Bundle w/the Steel PS3 will come bundled with the LE MGS4 game…? How about the PS3 Stand that changes colors?


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+ Kazammm on April 10th, 2008 at 12:52 pm said:

Ooh! I can’t wait! Woot!


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+ Tiduz on April 10th, 2008 at 12:53 pm said:

WOW!, i hope Europe will get the Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Edition game, i would really like the making of and the other stuff, awesome.


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+ Torgo on April 10th, 2008 at 12:56 pm said:

Man, I REALLY want that new PS3. Damned new colors. It’s like wanting the new Malibu Stacy doll because it comes with a hat.


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+ Jackal888 on April 10th, 2008 at 12:58 pm said:

I already pre-ordered my Standard edition MGS4 got my Beta key and Saga 2.0.
I am debating the upgrade to LE version.Twenty five dollars is not a lot fot two documentaries and a soundtrack. I also dislike the Standard editions cover. Shinkawa art is what MGS covers are known for.


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+ Fersis on April 10th, 2008 at 1:03 pm said:

NAZAR calm down. :)
Europe will have MGO Beta.
South America not :(


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+ whoelse on April 10th, 2008 at 1:04 pm said:

I hope this wont be so limited that a fair amount of people wont be able to get their hands on it!


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+ ChrispyCritter on April 10th, 2008 at 1:06 pm said:

I got my Metal Gear Saga Vol.2 today i just finished watching it a few mins ago and i can’t wait to play the beta :)


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+ vandam on April 10th, 2008 at 1:07 pm said:

I’ll be getting the Collector’s edition! (Big Fan). Not real intersteaded in beta version Has nothing to do with main story of MGS (plus don’t have the TIME). But I still hope you guy’s sell your target number 60 mil copy’s day 1. Good luck and I know you can do it!!!!!!And I will be waiting for news on MGS5 as soon as MGS4 is relesed.


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+ Jackal888 on April 10th, 2008 at 1:07 pm said:

@62 Instead of sponding so much money on two PS3s to get matching “Gunmetal” controllers. Why not get another controller from:www.colorwarepc.com . The customize the controller to the color you want. The currently do not have a “Gunmetal ” color but I am sure they will offer it as the requests from customers grows.


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+ Jeigh on April 10th, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

Holy S**t on a Stick!

I love this post so much. I am a little worried about the “limited”ness of those bonus DVDs. I’ll be going with the Limited Edition (something I never do). Thank you for keeping this on the PS3- I will be sure to convince you (with my wallet) that you did not make a mistake! :D


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+ Asshandler on April 10th, 2008 at 1:17 pm said:

Awesome in every way imaginable. I’m 32 years old, have a wife and kids… and yet I feel like an excited 14-year old kid again.


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+ Fenrokk on April 10th, 2008 at 1:18 pm said:

i will have to trade in my 60gb ps3 for the new UBER LIMITED EDITION MGS4 PS3!!!

hopefully i can play my ps2 game no problem…

O_o


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+ RoAcH2285 on April 10th, 2008 at 1:19 pm said:

I got the DVD and a DS3 like last week, Gamestop has ‘em people go get it NOW! I already have a 60 gig PS3 but I must have that Limited Edition PLAYSTATION 3 Hardware Bundle. Thats sweet. I’ll see you guys in the beta. PeAcE


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+ Fersis on April 10th, 2008 at 1:19 pm said:

@90
Lovely :D .
Hope your family doesnt get upset at you for playing too much!
I hope to find you in MGO when is launched .


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+ sniper762 on April 10th, 2008 at 1:23 pm said:

just thought i would let everyone know what you may not have realized about playstation 3’s cheesy warrenty.

for those of you that received your playstation 3 as a gift. the one year warranty they offer is invalid unless you can produce the purchase receipt.

this policy sucks! they told me to contact the person that gave it as a gift and tell them to send me the receipt.( who keeps the receipt for a year for things they give as gifts)

rediculous!

read your manual pertaining to the warranty if you need varification.


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+ pdias_92 on April 10th, 2008 at 1:28 pm said:

EPIC!


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+ Wisdom Wanderer on April 10th, 2008 at 1:28 pm said:

The LE Edition looks great! I love Shinkawa’s Art! And the tin box will look great aswell! I’m glad I pre-ordered and will be able to play the MGO Beta. Thanks for everything!


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+ BigChief on April 10th, 2008 at 1:28 pm said:

Nice info, already paid for the LE edition. Can’t wait till this game comes out.


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+ TwoBlack4America on April 10th, 2008 at 1:28 pm said:

Damn,it’s an MGS4 smorgasboard (however you spell it)!!!


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+ bicclick2002 on April 10th, 2008 at 1:33 pm said:

Wow! Thanks for informing us about this upcoming release of MGS4, it’s answered a lot of questions and cleared up some speculation. But I have to take you up on answering any questions we may have (me). . .

Brandon, you stated that “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” Limited Edition, will be available exclusively through GameStop. Does that also include EB Games? Or is it truly exclusive to just GameStop? I know this sounds silly, but it’s a good question I think! I know that one bought out the other or something like that.

Again, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Can’t wait for MGS4!


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+ SmogItUp on April 10th, 2008 at 1:34 pm said:

Absolutley the best post ever on this blog!! Konami knows how to feed their customers. This post and the MGS4 prorder post have been the two most informative posts on here. Not to leave Sony in the cold, their posts have been getting much better lately, as I am sure they can tell by the ratings.


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