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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots FAQ

Michael Shelling's Avatar Posted by Senior PR Manager, Sony Online Entertainment

Following this week’s announcements regarding Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots on the PLAYSTATION 3, a lot of questions popped up in the comments area of the PlayStation.Blog. We put together this FAQ to address your concerns:

Q: When is the game shipping to retail?
A: The game is scheduled to arrive at retail stores in North America on June 12, 2008.

Q: What’s in the Metal Gear Online Starter Pack?
A: The Metal Gear Online Starter Pack, included with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, is a squad-based, online multiplayer tactical shooter that supports up to 16 players and takes place in the Metal Gear Solid universe.

Q: When is the Metal Gear Online multiplayer beta test?
A: The Metal Gear Online multiplayer beta test is scheduled to begin on April 21, 2008.

Q: How long will the Metal Gear Online beta test run?
A: The Metal Gear Online multiplayer beta test will run for approximately 2 weeks

Q: Where can I get the pre-sell?
A: The pre-sell program will be available nationwide at all major retailers.

Q: Is there a time frame for the pre-order to gain access to the beta? When does the pre-order period begin?
A: The pre-order will begin April 2008. Check with your local retailer on availability.

Q: Is there any special process that consumers must go through to verify their participation in the beta?
A: When the pre-order program begins in April 2008, consumers who pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will receive the Metal Gear Saga 2.0 DVD, containing a Prologue that recaps the Metal Gear franchise, a 20th Anniversary retrospective, character bios for Big Boss, Liquid Snake, Solidus Snake, and Solid Snake, plus a collection of international trailers of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. This pre-order package also contains an insert with a download code and special instructions for accessing the Metal Gear Online beta test when it goes live in late April.

Q: How many people will be allowed to participate in the Metal Gear Online beta test?
A: The special Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots pre-order package (which includes the insert with the Metal Gear Online download code) will only be available while supplies last.

Q: How do consumers who have already pre-ordered participate in the beta?
A: Consumers will need to contact their local retailer for more information.

Q: Will consumers who don’t pre-order have any chance to join the beta?
A: If additional promotional partners are secured, there is a possibility of making beta access available, but nothing is confirmed at this time.

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new_age_soldier said:

February 29th, 1:10 pm

Big Question! Will MGS4 be on a 25 gig blu-ray disc or a 50 gig blu-ray disc???? Please someone answer!Very curious!

Hammer said:

February 29th, 3:15 pm

you know i went and spent like 900 dollars on this thing and you guys cant come out with a decent game to play every game you have is the same as the xbox oh wait resistance and heavenly sword sorry and dirt you cant even hook your car up in dirt whats the point

Hammer said:

February 29th, 3:19 pm

the psp also haas no games that are any good for it when is that going to start popping off

wallhugger said:

February 29th, 4:17 pm

at 103 let me say the last new exclusives for ps3 are.

MGS4 (you knew that already)
Resistance 2 (you SHOULD know this already)
Damnation (trust me you REALLY should’ve know this already)
Race Drive: Grid (from the DTM racers creators)
This is Vegas (could be interesting but is still looks like it needs a lot of development)
Red Faction: Guerilla

oh and btw the reason why Home is taking so long is because they are redoing big pieces of the world. (I saw the new screens in OPM #67 Benelux.)

so when is this bundle gonna hit the Belgian stores? and if so will it bring us back BC?

Rayziel said:

February 29th, 4:30 pm

Thanks for the info;)

blaze8907 said:

February 29th, 7:42 pm


You forgot the most important question. Why can’t we get the MGS PS3 here in Europe. I am sure a lot of people here would love to buy a 80GB, PS2 compatible MGS branded box here in Europe.”

No that is not the most important question. They already gave out the most important answer for the release date in North America, or better yet, the U.S. sucka! haha…

Linden said:

February 29th, 9:21 pm

Hope they give out the online beta in Canada. thanks for posting the FAQ though, it answered some of my other questions.

Kamahl said:

March 1st, 12:14 am

I’ll miss this beta cause im not in the US :(

thataide said:

March 1st, 5:46 am

When you buy a game like Resistance or Gears of War, it comes with a single player campagn and a full online mode in the disc. MGS4 creators want us to buy a single player game with a little piece of online, and then go buy the rest of the online mode on the PS Store? That’s a steal…

leukoplast said:

March 1st, 10:36 am

Question. When April rolls around, how do we know what to pre-order? Do I just pre-order the game on April 1st, or will there be a separate special pre-order for the beta? And when exactly in April will this be available?

TheN1Armyguy said:

March 1st, 10:49 am

This is GREAT news! I can’t wait until this game comes out. I’m definitely pre-ordering it in April.

Just keep MGS4 on PlayStation 3 and I won’t complain.

Keep up the good work guys! :)

cmargary said:

March 1st, 11:00 am


You forget haze that comes in may, Little Big Planet, killzone 2 (if really comes out), singstar (for the casual gamers) and in 2009 god of war 3 and tekken for now and if tekken doesn’t arrive this year

Conch_Bubby said:

March 1st, 11:13 am

I need Japanese audio with my MGS4 thank you!

wallhugger said:

March 1st, 1:00 pm


true but that news isn’t really that new anymore… okay neither is MGS4 and Resistance 2 :p but those were the games that were stated as exclusives and I was too lazy to think any further than the current news in the mag. ^^

Will the bundle come out in Europe?
cuz I need a second PS3 with BC in case my old one dies like the first PS2 died… (one month after the guarantee period.)

leukoplast said:

March 1st, 2:15 pm

Also, when and if I can mange to get the beta pre-order, will I have to go pick it up at my local shop? Will they call to let me know? Or will it be directly shipped to me or something?

cmargary said:

March 2nd, 6:07 am


Sorry but not japanese audio for us and no english audio for japanese people…. Kojima explain it that even the 50GB of the blu ray disc wasn’t enough for them and had to compress many things…

If 50GB wasn’t enough… imagine how big will be metal gear 4… this game will be the game of the year really and this really happens when a developer only works on one system…

BYU-I said:

March 2nd, 5:35 pm

That would be very impresive if MGS4 fills the whole blu ray disc. Sooo is it true?

Keysersoze10033 said:

March 2nd, 5:50 pm

Can’t wait

VinnyJ said:

March 2nd, 11:08 pm

They should just compress what’s necessary, then decompress it when a Hard Drive install is done.

I can’t wait to see how this will go working with PS HOME.

I’m just so excited!

Mr.Ferret said:

March 3rd, 12:11 am

for the love of sweet merciful god.


BYU-I said:

March 3rd, 10:09 am

It has in game communication!

DeathBySnooSnoo said:

March 3rd, 11:27 am

GREAT GAME! Now, get to work on a top-down-view online multiplayer version where you have to march your armies against those of other players. You know, kinda like a rhythm game plus Starcraft.

superbone547 said:

March 3rd, 11:45 am

@101 a recent IGN srticle is saying that Hideo Kojima wants MORE space than blu-ray can give him right now anyways, so it seems like it’ll be a 50 gig disc.

I’m now off to call gamestop about my preorder.

PlaystationOwn3r said:

March 3rd, 5:51 pm

I want the PSN cards. They will take money out of my wallet :[

Rudy_R said:

March 3rd, 9:05 pm

Is the game going to be on a single Blue-Ray?

Kojima said that one disk wasnt enough to hold all of the MGS4 grateness. (50gb +,WOW)

Rudy_R said:

March 3rd, 9:38 pm

I say give Kojima another disk. I can already see a detail difference between early MGS4 trailers and current trailers. Especially the one where Snake injects his neck. I really don’t care if the 2disk game costs $80+ dollars, I’ll still buy it. To be honest, MGS4 is the reason I bought the PS3, and later my 1080p LCD. Kojima wanted MGS4 to be of the highest quality achievable, and it shows in the first demonstrations and cut scenes made.

If I were Sony I would give Kojima a Terabyte just to be on the safe side. (Joke)

Dew87 said:

March 4th, 2:36 am

Sony, do you have any plans to release this bundle in Europe and other parts of the world that’s been supporting the Playstation brand for a decade, or will you keep treating us like second class citizens?

I think I speak for a lot of Playstation fans around the world frustrated from getting the short end of the stick.

Please, do the right thing for once. Don’t forget the regions that kept PS3 afloat when things weren’t so rosy for the system not so long ago.


bighead123 said:

March 5th, 12:45 pm

why dont europe get this if we dont all u americans are racist

pesfreak said:

March 6th, 5:12 am

i live in Croatia and have preordered at Play asia north american version !!!
NO REGION PROTECTION so why wait European release!!???

tylerkerr said:

March 10th, 11:07 am

can i like buy the ps3 bundle and return the game and say i got it as a gift??? because i dont want the game just the system

jocelot said:

March 10th, 2:29 pm

come on guys give us news about the european release! is it going to be a bundle here? please guys europe is one of your best markets and europeans will pay anything for the bundle, even if you sell it for 600€ ($850) ill buy it.

chuckz323 said:

March 13th, 11:10 pm

To my European People. YEEESSS! their will Be BETA testing in Europe too, so chill and relax. They still have not anounced the date but ya will be in Beta testing tooo.

aim49 said:

March 19th, 1:08 pm


nvmisfit said:

March 24th, 7:51 pm

Hopefully no one else did this recently, but here is a brand new response from Konami regarding the status of the online beta pre-sell program. What follows first is my inquiry, and then their response.:

Saturday, March 22, 2008.
I have been searching for this information for quite some time.I would like to know what the most current information is regarding Metal Gear Solid 4.Specifically,how the pre-order program will be implemented.Will pre-orders placed before April take precedence over pre-orders placed during April concerning the limited online beta access downloadable codes and pre-order DVD?Your official statement seems to suggest otherwise,stating that the pre-order program doesn’t start until April.However,there are a lot of pre-orders that have already been placed several months prior to April.Will any of the people who have placed those orders have access to the online beta for Metal Gear Solid 4?I have not been able to obtain more information from the retailer I have placed my pre-order with because they have not received any information from you.I would also like to know if there is going to be a limited edition similiar to Japan’s in the USA.Please let me know as soon as possible.Thank you.

Monday, March 24, 2008:
“Dear Konami Customer,

Thank you for contacting Konami Customer Support.

In response to your questions about MGS4, I’m very sorry to tell you we have no information at this time regarding this.

Please keep an eye on our website for information about developments and future plans.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


KDE-US, Customer Support

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 9am PST to 5:30pm”

Not very enlightening. Perhaps they’ll wait until the day they release the online beta codes before they tell us exactly what the situation with that is. What is the holdup Konami? Tell us what’s going on already!

40cal said:

March 26th, 12:28 pm

Why do no retailers have any idea when the pre-order dics will come in?

Can someone please get this info out to the retailers.

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