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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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295 Comments

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

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost passed out reading all of this MGS4 stuff!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait MGS4 is going to rock this word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ pr1m3_5u5p3ct on April 10th, 2008 at 1:34 pm said:

Awesome news! How soon will we get DLC? Right after June12th or later??


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+ Modus Operandi on April 10th, 2008 at 1:38 pm said:

I canceled my pre-order for MGS4 when I was informed that Game Crazy wasn’t offering the Limited Edition.

So I went over to GameStop, paid the full price with a Benjamin to pre-order my MGS4 Limited Edition. Now all I have to do is wait until that day… my life will be complete. ::MGS4 Love Theme plays::


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+ 40cal on April 10th, 2008 at 1:38 pm said:

Well having played and owning every Metal Gear game since 1987 Metal Gear (NES) yes I still have it. I cant wait for the 12th of June.

My question is will the 2nd digital graphic novel for PSP be at retail in the US any time soon. I loved the first one.


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+ Karamo on April 10th, 2008 at 1:44 pm said:

I think i will buy the new bundle and give my PS3 to my sister, but i dont know how i will transfer my games and such on the new machine.


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+ J3SS on April 10th, 2008 at 1:44 pm said:

I gotta ask… WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FRIDAY PATAPOST?!
It’s sad that one of your most original titles is not getting the recognition that it deserves.


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+ rivithed on April 10th, 2008 at 1:46 pm said:

RESERVED.


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+ Daver on April 10th, 2008 at 1:47 pm said:

Nice!!! the bundles are amazing too
I have a question regarding Metal Gear Solid Online… Will there be a co-op online? (like 2 people on the same ps3 playing with others online)
June cant come enough fast, at least i got my beta code :)


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+ foolio_67 on April 10th, 2008 at 1:51 pm said:

Thanks for all the great info!


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+ P_tear_griffin on April 10th, 2008 at 1:51 pm said:

I really wish that EB/Gamespot limited edition also included the Saga 2.0 content. Anyway, the artwork is awesome (although, I was expecting the limited ed art work to be the standard MGS4 cover as it is similar to the art work on the covers of MGS2 and 3).


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+ Aither on April 10th, 2008 at 1:54 pm said:

Sounds great but I have a few questions.

1. Will the new 80Gig PS3’s (both limited and regular) have PS2 bc?

2. The limited addition 80Gig PS3 is so sweet! But is it shiny like the black and does it have Chrome? I like chrome.

3. If the MGO starter is the full version of MGO than why would anyone buy MGO in the first place? Or are you not going to sell MGO as a seperate game anymore? I hope not cause I don’t want to have to pay anymore than what I already am for MGS4.

If these questions could all be answered that would be great I would Really appreciate it.


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+ AlterEgo on April 10th, 2008 at 1:55 pm said:

Best Post Ever.

I have nothing else to add.


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+ Bleak Harvest on April 10th, 2008 at 2:01 pm said:

I seriously need more info on GunMetal PS3.

This is ruining my plans of pre-ordering the SE bundle!


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+ Jessee1991 on April 10th, 2008 at 2:06 pm said:

Are you’ll going to come out with the gun metal Dualshock 3 Controller to buy individually?


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+ frombrosis on April 10th, 2008 at 2:08 pm said:

Wow, great wrap up of a great game!!! Just a quick question, why does the North Ameria box art differ from the EU or Australian boxart? IT’s the same game… but different art. I never understood that. But anyway, I can’t wait!!


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+ nmc75 on April 10th, 2008 at 2:09 pm said:

06.12.2008 SNEAK OUT!!!


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+ dgknight500 on April 10th, 2008 at 2:13 pm said:

Hell yeah! I’m totally getting the ps3 bundle… dualshock 3 + MGS4 + 80gig PS3 for $500? What a deal!


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+ Sythzen on April 10th, 2008 at 2:14 pm said:

Already preordered the Limited Edition, looking forward to the beta!

I think I have to run over to the local game store and preorder the limited edition PS3!!!!!


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+ zodiac909 on April 10th, 2008 at 2:19 pm said:

SOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! IM GOING NUTS JUST WAITING FOR THE BETA TO COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ MairusuPawa on April 10th, 2008 at 2:26 pm said:

Will this 80Gb PS3 be retrocompatible with PS2 games?

I feel left in the cold with my 40Gb model…


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+ trespasser on April 10th, 2008 at 2:26 pm said:

ugh. The standard boxart is fugly. Looks like I’ll have to buy the limited edition just so I don’t have to look at that horrible render of Selleck Snake’s mug.


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+ mywhitenoise on April 10th, 2008 at 2:31 pm said:

I just noticed that stupid “dualshock 3 compatible” icon next to the ESRB rating. Take that crap off the front of the box! I hate clutter ruining the art. I traded in my SIXAXIS for a Dualshock, but it isn’t a big deal. ALL games should have rumble, and it shouldn’t be advertised like it’s some new and unique feature.


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+ ummfada on April 10th, 2008 at 2:32 pm said:

Oh yeah, but I must play GTA first.


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+ cruisx on April 10th, 2008 at 2:38 pm said:

mywhitenoise but it is a new feature >_> <_< anyway ya i got my DVD yesterday when i preordered MGS4 and GTA4 =D cant wait for the beta.


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+ jcoool on April 10th, 2008 at 2:38 pm said:

I Love everything..lol! The box art is awesome. Wow, June will be huge for PS3!


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+ rahstar2003 on April 10th, 2008 at 2:41 pm said:

Great, all the info i needed.


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+ keisukeMamoru86 on April 10th, 2008 at 2:49 pm said:

Been reserved for a few weeks now. And I just watched the MGS Sagas DVD for the 2nd time (this time with my gf, who wanted to get up to speed on MGS history). I feel the hype building inside.

Great post, I wonder what special surprise you guys have for us on Monday.


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+ Peluso5655 on April 10th, 2008 at 2:49 pm said:

sorry guys the box art for the standard SKU of MGS4 is very bad, hope you can change it.


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+ meepmoopmeep on April 10th, 2008 at 2:52 pm said:

Kojima is THE BEST!


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+ CLauX on April 10th, 2008 at 2:54 pm said:

i couldn’t help but notice the “pain downloadable game voucher coupon”

what is that?

oh, i think i’m gonna get LE. but i did just buy the Esential collection. so i don’t have much money. i will soon though!

see you all on the MGO beta! :)


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+ alcaponeyou on April 10th, 2008 at 2:56 pm said:

woot, i’m gonna go cancel my standard edition for the LE


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+ xberserker on April 10th, 2008 at 3:01 pm said:

I need the Gun Metal PS3!! :D


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+ tagout on April 10th, 2008 at 3:02 pm said:

Got my DVD last week..I can’t wait for April 21st.

And how about a sweepstakes for that “VERY, VERY Limited Edition bundle”?


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+ jurb on April 10th, 2008 at 3:03 pm said:

omg i already reserved the standard edition but i am going to change it to the limited edition simply because of the cover art. Metal Gear Sellick.. ewww.


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+ Deegs on April 10th, 2008 at 3:08 pm said:

So wait the soundtrack comes on the Blu-Ray disc and not on a separate CD? How am I supposed to listen to it then on my Stereo, .MP3 player, etc…


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+ gamer812 on April 10th, 2008 at 3:09 pm said:

Hopefully I won’t be working when the details of the limited edition bundle is released. I don’t want it to be sold out when I get home. :(


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+ wizardpsp on April 10th, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

Take That! this is the greatest game ever!!
Thanks sony for keepin this exclusive!!
Thanks Konami!!
And to sensei kojima!
MGS4 best game of all time!! my prediction!


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+ tails-4 on April 10th, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

insane!!!
looks amazing!!!


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+ TFHAppo on April 10th, 2008 at 3:23 pm said:

Hello, Brandon.

Just wondering, will MGS4 or MGO have any kind of HOME integration?

P.S. I don’t know if this was asked, as I did not read through the 100+ comments.


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+ El-Suave on April 10th, 2008 at 3:37 pm said:

Thanks for the update Brandon,
will the Blu Ray disc that comes with the Limited Edition version of the game be region coded?


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+ Escobar4LifeX on April 10th, 2008 at 3:39 pm said:

I have a question for you Brandon Laurino. How limited will the Gun Metal MGS4 PS3 Bundle be? Because I really want to get one (as a huge Metal Gear fan that I am). I plan on exchanging my 80GB PS3 at Best Buy for the Gun Metal PS3 (when it comes out) using my extended warranty (product replacement plan). I hope Best Buy will have enough of these because I need the Gun Metal PS3.

By the way, do you happen to know if the Gun Metal PS3 is the 40GB or the 80GB hardware? I know it’s the 40GB in Japan. I hope it’s the 80GB here in the ‘States.

Thanks!


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+ KeyWii on April 10th, 2008 at 3:39 pm said:

WOW! Great work Konami!

Can’t wait to buy this game!


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+ Toast on April 10th, 2008 at 3:42 pm said:

<3 MGS the SE looks nicer then the LE imo…still debating which version to pay for.


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+ Keysersoze10033 on April 10th, 2008 at 3:50 pm said:

Nice, Ican’t wait to play this. I appreciate you explaining why the beta code was not working, I thought my copy was defective :). I loooove the limited edition cover, I’m glad I reserved that one.


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+ Thwip on April 10th, 2008 at 3:53 pm said:

Way to quash all rumors or speculation; and keep your die-hard fans informed and excited – Nice work people :-) Can’t wait to pick-up my copy!


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+ TheN1Armyguy on April 10th, 2008 at 4:15 pm said:

WOW, amazing box art. I’m going to try to pre-order the limited edition today. I’m really excited for this game. I hope I get lucky enough to get a pre-order of it with the Metal Gear Online code.

By far my favorite game series! :)


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+ gardea on April 10th, 2008 at 4:15 pm said:

I already reserved my MGS4 LE, and today I went to go get my DVD + BETA from GameStop :)

I cannot wait for this game, I want to play it already..


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+ PytHoN SelKaN on April 10th, 2008 at 4:22 pm said:

I Would Really Like A Demo On Monday. It Would Make June Come Really Faster!

one other thing, if i have a normal CRT TV not HD, can Mgs4 be displayed Full Screen? Will the game also be intended for Normal Crt Televisions? i mean, not like uncharted and assassins creed.. 10x :) I Need the Demo/Beta to clarify this :) fingers crossed xD


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+ PytHoN SelKaN on April 10th, 2008 at 4:24 pm said:

Guys, can anyone help? if i order MGS4: LE from Gamestop.com, can i still receive the Saga 2.0? and Artwork if they are still available? :) 10xx i really want all this stuff! bonus discs, soundtrack, saga, case! OMG!! :D 10x for your help guys..


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+ trav54 on April 10th, 2008 at 4:25 pm said:

Whoah. Ordered the Limited Edition but now I want the Steel PS3 too.


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