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ALERT! “Metal Gear Mondays” Begin NOW on the PlayStation.Blog with Metal Gear Online Beta Details!

Brandon Laurino's Avatar + Posted by Brandon Laurino on Apr 14, 2008 // Executive Producer, Dust 514

Welcome to the kick-off of “Metal Gear Mondays” on PlayStation.Blog! Here we’ll be bringing weekly articles about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Metal Gear Online packed with news and content including surprise announcements, guest authors, and much more!

This week we’ll go into a lot of detail on Metal Gear Online and the upcoming MGO Beta. You must attain a free pre-order bonus gift “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2″ DVD with MGO Beta Unique Product Voucher Code (UPVC) insert to participate in the MGO Beta as explained in our post last week.

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If you have attained a MGO Beta UPVC, then Thursday, April 17th, this week, the download of the MGO Beta client will be available to you through the PlayStation Store on your PS3 (but please bear in mind, gameplay does not start until April 21st , and then will run until May 5th) – again, please do not try to redeem your UPVC before April 17th, you will just get an error message. You need to carefully follow the instructions provided on the MGO Beta UPVC insert in order to get at the download of the MGO Beta client through the PlayStation Store on your PS3. It is also important to note that your UPVC for the MGO Beta is good for only one PS3/PSN/PlayStation Store account, so you should absolutely NOT share your UPVC with anyone (unless you plan to forfeit your MGO Beta to whoever you give the UPVC to). There will not be any additional issue/reissue, replacement, etc of these codes – so again, we stress, please DO NOT share your UPVC for the MGO Beta with anyone!

Once you’ve got the MGO Beta client downloaded and installed, it’s time to load it up. Upon launching and going past the main menu, you’ll see that you need to sign up for a Konami ID. What is a Konami ID you ask? It is Konami’s service that has actually been around for a while in Japan, which basically allows for a unified account and access across various Konami products and services. Konami ID will be used for the first time in MGO for the US, and using the Konami ID allows for some of the really unique features we plan to offer the community with MGO. Once you hit the Konami ID sign up menu option, you should notice something subtle, but really cool: MGO launches the PS3 web browser from in-game and takes you to the Konami ID registration page. You can also simply visit http://id.konami.net from your favorite Web browser right now and sign up as well, to get a head start!

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After the simple registration process, you will attain your Konami ID as well as GAME ID for MGO (the GAME ID is your MGO specific ID, basically). From there, it’s on to character creation …

Similar to some popular MMOGs, MGO features a deep character creation component. Each user of the Beta will get one “character slot” to create a character with. This includes a wide variety of personalization options, as well as customizable and upgradeable skills. Players can select up to 4 skills to specialize in, to match their play style and increase their effectiveness. Close Quarter Combat (CQC), knife fighting, quickness, alertness, heavy weaponry mastery, demolition, and sniper mastery are just some of the skills you can specialize in.

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Once you have set up your character, it’s on to the action. Use the lobbies to find the match you’re looking for, from what is available in the Beta. Not all content and features are going to be available in the Beta.

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Here are the some of the basics of MGO:

  • Metal Gear Online (MGO), the multiplayer experience that combines the rich Metal Gear Solid universe with online combat, is available exclusively on the PLAYSTATION 3 system!
  • MGO carries over the backdrop and control system of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (MGS4) to original online maps and game modes, with future downloadable content (planned to be released after the launch of MGS4) adding additional maps, characters, and other features.
  • Among the new components this time around are battles featuring up to 16 players, and the Sons of the Patriots (SOP) system, allowing for enhanced squad communication. Close cooperation is essential to survival on the battlefield!

A little more information on the new SOP System and the MGO theme:

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A few years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the MGS4 story begins. In this short period of time, the world has changed drastically. PMCs [Private Military Companies] have taken the place of state armies as the world’s primary war engines – PMCs are private companies that specialize in warfare. The Big Shell Incident of MGS2 has prompted the U.S. Government to require all PMC soldiers be injected with nanomachines. These nanomachines regulate data, performance, and even emotions. Every soldier and weapon is controlled, regulated, and kept in check. This system, known as Sons of the Patriots (SOP), even makes it physically impossible for soldiers to turn their guns on their clients. In essence, it places the battlefield under corporate management. As a result, the fires of war continue to spread, and the PMCs inexorably increase their power and influence in world affairs.

The SOP System allows you to visually share information among your squad by linking your internal nanomachines. Information like your teammates’ positions, status, and even who they’re engaging with will all be provided to you in real-time. It also works through walls, letting you identify individuals by their digital silhouette. Gain the upper hand by scanning your enemy team’s link and share their information with your comrades. In MGO, intercommunication and adaptive teamwork decide the outcome!

With this in mind, it’s on to the action! The MGO Beta will contain …

Two maps:

Blood Bath

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A kill house consisting of both surface and underground areas.

Groznyj Grad

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The now abandoned weapons factory that housed the Shagohod in Metal Gear Solid 3. Contains open areas offering unobstructed views as well as indoor and rooftop locations.

Rules (aka gameplay modes)

Death Match
Kill or be killed in this race to get the most kills!

Team Death Match
Death Match takes a strategic turn, as you enlist your team to get the most kills!

Base Mission
Various points around the map will need to be secured to achieve victory!

Capture Mission
Capture the opponents “flag” and return it to your base for points!

Items

Standard issue, with character:

  • CBOX
  • BINO
  • S.PLUG.S

In the map:

  • ENVG
  • DRUM

Weapons

Primary, main weapons at base:

  • vz83
  • P90( +Suppressor)
  • MP5, AK (+Grenade Launcher)
  • M4 (Suppressor, Scope, Datsight, Grenade Launcher, Grip)
  • M17 (Datsight, Scope, Grip)
  • SVD
  • MOSIN
  • M14EBR
  • DSR1
  • M870
  • SHIELD
  • RPG
  • SOP DESTAB

Secondary (Sub Weapon):

  • GSR
  • Mk.2 PISTOL
  • OPERATOR (Suppressor)
  • G18C
  • D.E.

Support (Others):

  • GRENADE
  • WP GRENADE
  • STUN GRENADE
  • CHAFF GRENADE
  • SMOKE GRENADE
  • ENEMY LOCATOR
  • CLAYMORE
  • SLEEP CLAYMORE
  • C4
  • MAGAZINE

And, very importantly, CATAPULT!!!

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This image should explain it all, but you basically launch your character across the maps. I can’t tell you the sheer joy this brings to both the launched and those watching, you simply have to experience it for yourselves. Suffice to say, it allows for some very unusual strategies! Take a close look at the contextual action button at the bottom of the screen, w00t!

This info is subject to change, as things may be added or removed from the MGO Beta. There will also be some content surprises as the MGO Beta progresses, so please keep an eye out here on the PS Blog and at Konami.com, and keep playing!

We end this week’s edition of Metal Gear Mondays with another surprise: we are going to giveaway MGO Beta UPVC’s RIGHT NOW at this link!

Simply fill out the registration fields, submit, meet the qualifications for entry, and you may receive a UPVC and download instructions for the MGO Beta (subject to Konami’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, of course, see the promotion page at the link for details)! We are releasing MGO Beta UPVC batches in EXTREMELY limited quantities, so don’t wait, hurry and register now!

That’s right, even if you miss out on the free pre-order bonus gift “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2″ DVD with MGO Beta UPVC, this is your chance to get in the MGO Beta RIGHT HERE! Hit the link for all the information!

If you’re not one of the lucky few who qualify right now, don’t despair! By registering you may still get in the MGO Beta, and we’ll also be posting more opportunities to enter at Konami.com all week (don’t worry, if you’ve already entered, you can enter again when the opportunity arises)! There will also be a lot of promotions going on with some other of your favorite gaming sites, so stay tuned to http://www.konami.com and PlayStation.blog!!!

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

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Metal Gear Mondays on the blog! 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)! See you next week!

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+ ftwrthtx on April 14th, 2008 at 5:10 pm said:

I’ll have my code by then!


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+ Coolwater on April 14th, 2008 at 5:11 pm said:

Boooo…. this isnt surprising!

I preordered and didnt get a code… This sucks!


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+ frito on April 14th, 2008 at 5:11 pm said:

AWESOME!

Can’t wait for both games!

hopefully i will be chosen!

i hope everyone is happy with this surprise!

cheers!


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+ Major01 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:12 pm said:

Thanks, I am ready to start playing it. I’m playing the Metal Gear collection to get ready.


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+ Kamahl on April 14th, 2008 at 5:12 pm said:

Awesome!!!!! :O


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+ what0080 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:12 pm said:

W00T! Now, I have something to look forward to on Mondays…


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+ bobamuknunbabo on April 14th, 2008 at 5:12 pm said:

No Gunmetal Grey PS3 Pre-order yet? NOOOOOO


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

Sweet! I was hoping it would have something to do with the beta. Thanks! :)


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+ Goodfella2487 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:14 pm said:

=O

!


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

i can predict the future!

be prepared for a lot of whining kids complaining this “surprise” wasn’t what they wanted…and then ask about Home or ingame XMB…

those are the real trolls of this forum!


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+ bobamuknunbabo on April 14th, 2008 at 5:15 pm said:

To Konami/Sony representative,

When will you take pre-orders for the Gunmetal Grey MGS4 PS3 Bundle?
Where would you be able to do so? Konami America?


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+ JamesL007 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:15 pm said:

MGO Mondays just like the good old Mortal Komabat days before, I am really looking forward to this game a lot on June 12 two days after my brithday. I did not do a pre-order because that money went to GTA:IV for now,


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+ OtisFeelgood on April 14th, 2008 at 5:16 pm said:

Nice, lookin forward to MGS4/MGO


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+ ChrispyCritter on April 14th, 2008 at 5:16 pm said:

I got my code last Thursday!!! i can’t wait.

Do you know what time and time zone i can start downloading the beta on the 17th? I am usually up late and i am in the EST time zone but if you put it in PST i can figure it out ;)


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+ irk_t_great on April 14th, 2008 at 5:16 pm said:

A lot of us were hoping for a surprise demo for the re-opening of the PS Store. But this is cool too…


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+ Goodfella2487 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:17 pm said:

@ Frito

[DELETED] off you greedy POS.


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+ SnoopYTimes on April 14th, 2008 at 5:17 pm said:

nice!
i can’t wait to use that man cannon. 8)
MGO keeps sounding better and better.


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

My face just melted.

See you all on the battlefield!


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+ Coolwater on April 14th, 2008 at 5:19 pm said:

Wow, i’m a noob. If only i had read the whole thing. Thanks Konami! You rock!


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+ Modus Operandi on April 14th, 2008 at 5:21 pm said:

Mhmm… Can’t wait for next week to start playing some METAL GEAR ONLINE! :)


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+ Delriach on April 14th, 2008 at 5:21 pm said:

Nice modes available for the beta. I was hoping for the Sneaking Mission one though. That mode was too much fun.


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+ noday on April 14th, 2008 at 5:21 pm said:

Awesome, I got the beta code emailed to me almost instantly


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+ stennex on April 14th, 2008 at 5:21 pm said:

MGS4 is looking to be the game of the year. It has everything covered. There is Rumble, Story mode, and Online play. Also extra stuff. Limited edition is a must buy.


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+ xl8002 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:22 pm said:

I love this day and all other


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+ careksims on April 14th, 2008 at 5:22 pm said:

Beautiful wonderful!

Awesome news for those who did not get the MGS Saga Vol 2! Can’t wait to d/l this beauty on Thursday.

Love the Metal Gear Mondays! Now there’s start off the week :D


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+ SevenFactors on April 14th, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

Awesome. I can’t wait for the beta to start so I can launch people after another using the man cannon


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+ Jenovah on April 14th, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

Anything Metal Gear gets 5 star ranking by default. I can’t wait till the 21st.


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+ I_Love_New_York on April 14th, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

Can we play this game locally once it is downloaded or is it only played through online?


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+ Oompa on April 14th, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

Woooo!


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+ darkiewonder on April 14th, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

awesome awesome. Man Cannon <33

Any of the Konami folks will be playing in the BETA as well? ;o


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+ frito on April 14th, 2008 at 5:24 pm said:

JEFF RUBENSTEIN!!!!!!!!!!!

PS BLOGS MODERATORS!!!!

@16GOODFELLA2487

BAN THIS USER!!!

I AM SICK OF TROLLS RUINING THIS FORUM!!!

I WAS BANNED FOR SUCH BEHAVIOR!!!

BE CONSISTENT IN YOUR MODERATION!!!


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+ Sheen on April 14th, 2008 at 5:24 pm said:

Blog post of the year. lol

I have my MGO beta key, and I absolutely cannot wait to even download it. One question though: Upon downloading the Beta on the 17th, what can the player do? Would I be able to tool around the character creation settings and all that before I play? I’d like to do that beforehand.

Thanks.


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+ Patron on April 14th, 2008 at 5:25 pm said:

This is awesome! I just got my free code by registering a few minutes ago. Thanks Konami for reaching out to gamers like this. I wish others would start to do the same.


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+ snowglobe on April 14th, 2008 at 5:25 pm said:

Few questions for you:

Will we have to do this registration stuff for the EU open beta?

Is worldwide play available?

What is the current online setup? p2p or dedicated servers?

Is there a chance the beta will be extended past May if the game proves extremely popular?


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+ willacuz on April 14th, 2008 at 5:26 pm said:

reading is fundamental.


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+ Temmehkan on April 14th, 2008 at 5:26 pm said:

Already have my Code from my Pre order, can’t wait!!


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+ frank-jaeger on April 14th, 2008 at 5:27 pm said:

Cant wait for next Monday!!!!!!!


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+ Vinclive on April 14th, 2008 at 5:27 pm said:

AWESOME! You guys rock! I’ve been selected!

Quick question: When can I preorder MGS4 in Canada? My local EBGames says they’re waiting for a permission from Konami…


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+ JinRamen on April 14th, 2008 at 5:28 pm said:

Man Cannons!!!


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+ Fox_Hound on April 14th, 2008 at 5:28 pm said:

Great news! Thank you.


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+ cjtiger300 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:29 pm said:

Wow, this sounds awesome!


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+ SolidSnake500 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:29 pm said:

You guys *sniff* are gods amongst men…

:’)


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+ outkast32 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:29 pm said:

I heard that Europe was getting the download for free. If you have a europe account cant you just use that and get in free or will there be resrictions?


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+ RoAcH2285 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:30 pm said:

@ Brandon

So the Game ID is what will be used in the beta and not the Konami ID, right?


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+ Myke256 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:30 pm said:

To Brandon: How does voice chat work? Is it tied to the SOP system at all?

nice post, lots of good info


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+ Stoffinator on April 14th, 2008 at 5:30 pm said:

Got mine and waiting for the beta.


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+ manuelx7 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:30 pm said:

Yeeeaaaa! Just got my code for the beta!!!


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+ manuelx7 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:30 pm said:

Yeeeaaaa! Just got my code for the beta!!!


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+ gamer812 on April 14th, 2008 at 5:31 pm said:

A bit weird to not have MGO use your PSN ID, but registration was easy enough. It’s just a minor inconvenience.

Hopefully, I can get a beta code by this Thursday.


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+ Sakimori_X on April 14th, 2008 at 5:31 pm said:

SCHWEEEEET!!! Can’t wait to check out Groznyj Grad in glorious HD! :D


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