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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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+ MakgSnake on April 14th, 2008 at 7:26 am said:

I think the surprise is going to be, the “BOX” of Gun Metal Grey. And the fact it is going to be an 80GB, or even 120GB. WHO KNOWS!!!!!!

WHERE IS THE UPDATE DAMN IT!!!!!!!!


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+ jumpship12 on April 14th, 2008 at 7:57 am said:

In another 4 hrs we will all know the big surprise. My guess is an early start to online beta and a playable demo available the 17th.


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+ theycallmeryan on April 14th, 2008 at 8:07 am said:

Come on, where the announcement?


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+ MakgSnake on April 14th, 2008 at 8:10 am said:

Why do I get the feeling its going to be the Metal Gear Solid 4 Blue Tooth HEADSET! Revealed recently at Kotaku website and all..

Hmmm……..

Good news if it is.


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+ Fersis on April 14th, 2008 at 9:04 am said:

this is probably one of the best rated post on the blog.


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+ Coolwater on April 14th, 2008 at 10:25 am said:

@249

A demo would be the ultimate surprise!


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+ lukeb4dunk on April 14th, 2008 at 10:27 am said:

If it’s the LE bundle being a 60gb or higher, I’ll be heading over to GS immediately and plopping down my money. If it also comes with that BT headset…whoo, I just got dizzy thinking about that. That would be almost too good to be true.


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+ PytHoN SelKaN on April 14th, 2008 at 11:04 am said:

I Want A Demo!!! :D


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+ Fox_Hound on April 14th, 2008 at 12:06 pm said:

What’s sad is that usually Limited Edition bundles will go to people that will sell them for profit instead of faithful fans of the Metal Gear series. It would be great if they offered preordering of the bundle for a day and then manufacture as many as were ordered. It would still be Limited Edition and more fans would be able to get it at an “affordable” price. I already preordered both editions of the game in March, can’t wait to play in June. I own all previous games too so it would be a great addition to own a Metal Gear PS3 system.


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+ GRAY_FOX_HOUND on April 14th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

I’m just hoping that the MGS4 LE bundle won’t be exclusive to one store, like the MGS4 LE game.


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+ bobbyfletcher on April 14th, 2008 at 2:48 pm said:

It’s 5:40 PM Eastern time… I don’t think they’re going to deliver on their 4/14 promise of a surprise.


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+ packy17 on April 14th, 2008 at 2:56 pm said:

Yep… Been waiting all day for this “surprise”. And if its the Bluetooth headset… I will be pissed beyond all measure. There is only one surprise worth waiting to hear… Incoming Demo… it better happen


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+ Dred on April 14th, 2008 at 3:00 pm said:

Yo where my suprice at its the 14th.


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+ eclipsed4utoo on April 14th, 2008 at 3:00 pm said:

where is the surprise damnit?


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+ rsx3.2 on April 14th, 2008 at 3:16 pm said:

where is the surprise????????


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+ packy17 on April 14th, 2008 at 4:37 pm said:

i think we just have to assume they arent going to fulfill their promise. wow, thanks a lot guys.


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+ Denji on April 14th, 2008 at 4:43 pm said:

7:43pm EST, the blog doesn’t even load now. Guess all them people coming home from the day trying to visit it. I don’t know, if there’s nothing by 10pm I’m calling BS on this. Why announce a “surprise” when you can’t deliver? If it’s PSN store related, then the least they can do is just TELL US what’s coming tomorrow. If it is tomorrow, again, why announce that we’ll know TODAY..?


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+ nixon506e on April 14th, 2008 at 4:50 pm said:

Let’s hear it for a MGS4 PS3 Bundle Preorder system! Woot!!!


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+ JinRamen on April 14th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

I can’t help but thinking of that episode of The Office where Michael promises his employees a surprise at the end of the day…

Anyway can’t wait until tomorrow to check out the new PSN store!


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+ StupidityTries on April 14th, 2008 at 5:14 pm said:

@269
Totally. I’m now fully expecting ice cream sandwiches to be bundled with the MGS4 LE Hardware!


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+ tool3401 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:18 pm said:

ARE THESE TWO NEW 80 GB PS3 BUNDLES GOING TO BE BC???

THANKS FOR ANY INFO YOU CAN PROVIDE!!!


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+ ksmooches on April 14th, 2008 at 6:19 pm said:

I hope its a demo too!!!


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+ _collegeboi_ on April 15th, 2008 at 12:43 am said:

I pre-ordered the MGS4 game last January, so its been like a year and 3 months ago…and I’m guessing its just the standard edition. I am not sure if these stores here are offering all these goodies! Ah well, gotta go with what you can get!

ANYONE KNOWS WHEN THE DEMO COMES OUT? ;)


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+ PytHoN SelKaN on April 15th, 2008 at 3:59 am said:

Where’s Our Demo?!!? :’(


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+ PytHoN SelKaN on April 15th, 2008 at 4:01 am said:

Where’s Our DEMO???? :’( come on.. The Game’s Ready now,, we don’t want more cover arts as they are already awsome!! we don’t want more PS3 bundles, we want to play the game!!! :’( june is 2 months far =[


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+ RPG_HawK on April 15th, 2008 at 4:03 am said:

Any word on if the Blu Ray dics with behind the scenes stuff on MGS4, will be region locked ?

There are MGS fans in Europe also 8-)


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+ jaboc123 on April 15th, 2008 at 10:15 am said:

I can’t wait till this game comes out! I have a betta code too! Metal Gear Solid is the best game series ever!!!


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+ miked on April 15th, 2008 at 10:37 am said:

found this site from a link at http://infoaddict.com and thank god I did. i had no idea about the beta and I am so excited. woohoo


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+ ColdSnap on April 16th, 2008 at 6:28 am said:

I wish we knew if the LE Hardware bundle contained a 40gb system (As I believe it did in Japan) or a 80gb system.

Hopefully there will be an update soon…


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+ hotdoogul on April 16th, 2008 at 10:44 am said:

i cant wait, MGS4 beta on monday 22


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+ Fenrokk on April 16th, 2008 at 1:27 pm said:

i only have a 9 digit code for the voucher… does’nt it need 12?


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+ babybluedb on April 16th, 2008 at 2:12 pm said:

great cant wait until it comes out but i wonder is that the offical color of the metal gear PS3


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+ stennex on April 16th, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

Does anyone have trouble getting their MGS4 beta online code to work?


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+ FadedFalcon on April 16th, 2008 at 4:49 pm said:

I have a 9-alphanumeric UPVC. I get the “invalid code” error. My friend has a 12 and it worked for him. It is a bit early here…maybe tomorrow (Thurs) will yield a different result…IT BETTER!


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+ mpsmus on April 17th, 2008 at 2:03 pm said:

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

Thanks!!


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+ launonen on April 18th, 2008 at 8:07 pm said:

YES indeed not even yet possible to register konami ID uh huh bad thing


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+ nathan-snake on April 22nd, 2008 at 11:47 am said:

I don’t know about every other European, but i’m a bug fanboy of MGS and i really want the LE edition.
Does anyone think it might be a good idea to make a petition and get everyone who wants the LE over here to sign it and send it to as many forums etc.?


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+ psycodadx on April 22nd, 2008 at 6:15 pm said:

now i have to buy a 3rd PS3 for my house.


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+ lunapoop on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:45 pm said:

I don’t understand one thing. The PS3 that comes in the MGS4 bundle only comes in grey and not black??? ~cause i want an 80GB in black.~


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+ Cpt.blue on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:57 pm said:

@ lunapoop

I’ll gladly trade with you


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+ Desimater198 on April 24th, 2008 at 7:04 am said:

I still dont understand…if i but the standard edition will i be able to play metal gear online?


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+ Dr. Strangepork on May 1st, 2008 at 7:24 pm said:

Interestingly the Buy.com entry for the 80GB MGS4 system bundle lists it as *not* backwards compatible.

I’d be surprised if that were true, and disappointed.


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+ Tastyryan on May 4th, 2008 at 9:14 pm said:

Damn i need a new ps3 lol!


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+ DJRock on May 4th, 2008 at 11:16 pm said:

I want the gunmetal grey PS3!


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+ xCOGRxSilentfoxX on May 5th, 2008 at 12:06 pm said:

man i think im getting the special edition cause im a big mgs fan


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