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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Product Details Revealed!

Brandon Laurino's Avatar Posted by 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…


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…


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…                          


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 …


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 …


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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darzero said:

April 11th, 6:12 am

haze may 20th, holidays then on the way back Ill pick up my mgs4 limited edition. wow, what a great summer that will be. good job on the bundles, that will ps3’s like hotcakes and finaly the ps3 will get the attention it deserves.

StalkingSilence said:

April 11th, 7:04 am

SCEE will have PUBLIC OPEN beta for MGO. Oops – did the press release spoil your Monday surprise or do you all still have something up your collective sleeve?

tcaduto said:

April 11th, 7:25 am

Hopefully the 80gb is using the newer cpu that the 40gb uses, if it’s using the 90nm CPU, I wont buy it. The old 80gb that where manufactured using the 90nm process are MUCH louder and hotter than the 40gb units manufactured from Nov 07 on.

Can someone from Sony confirm if the 80gb is going to have the 2nd generation hardware design? Also is the Nvidia graphics chip going to be 90 or 65nm?

g1dog79 said:

April 11th, 8:02 am

Man that’s very exiting i can’t wait, i’ve been waiting to get my hands on a ps3 for a while with that 80gb bundle sounds looks great i just want to know how much is going to be the cost??

Brownber said:

April 11th, 8:04 am

Aha! European open beta! I knew knew Konami’d pull through – they always do!
Wow-I’ve not felt so excited since MGS3:Subsistence!

matty8 said:

April 11th, 8:25 am

To answer some of your questions about EB Games and Canada:

If you live in Canada you CAN get the Limited Edition at EB Games.

You DO get the Pre Order MGSaga DVD when you preorder the Limited Edition or Standard Edition at EB Games. (in Canada)

They will most likely get the art book around the time of MGS4’s release.

Hope that helps. I have personally done all of the above and clarified with the stores.

lukeb4dunk said:

April 11th, 9:10 am

Out-freakin-standing!!! I’m pleased to see Sony and Konami pumping so much pub for Solid’s final mission.

I already have my pre-order down for the LE and can not wait for the game to come out. Like many others here, I have a question.

For the (very) limited edition gun metal PS3 bundle, I just want to know what sku the PS3 will be. If it’s only going to be a 40gb, then I think I’ll pass. But if it’s going to be an 80gb or higher…then I’ll go and throw down the money right now. I know you guys probably have something special planned for it, but can please at least tell us if it will be a 40gb sku or not?


Azured_Scorpio said:

April 11th, 9:56 am

Fricking AWESOME!!! I can’t sleep waiting for that moment!!! I reserved the MGS4 LE, and can’t wait for the beta release.

SpyroLuver88 said:

April 11th, 10:11 am

I read through 200 comments before I asked this to try not to repeat anything. But I couldn’t wait anymore….

Is there any MGS branding on the black 80 gig bundle?

Also, the US 80 gig PS3 is 60% BC out of the box and when you update it keeps getting more BC and will eventually be at the 98% that the 60 gig is. It makes no fiscal sense to make a different 80 gig. This is a repackage of the 80 gig to keep it fresh. For this exact reason, I bet the US “gunmetal grey” PS3 will also be 40 gig. But I hope I am pleasantly suprised.

Great post…keep it up;)

mj_and_hj said:

April 11th, 10:31 am

Finally, I can get my hands on a PS3 with a 80gig hard drive AND a dual-shock controller.

parabolee said:

April 11th, 10:51 am

The regular box art sucks.

And I refuse to pay for the LE version just to get good box art. Looks like I will have to print my own cover art.
Why use such ugly artwork? It should have matched the recent MGS Essentials collection. The LE version is great though. Grrrrrr.

MakgSnake said:

April 11th, 11:18 am

Yeah Same ONE question I have.

1.) The Gun MetalGrey PS3 bundle. Will it be 40 GB or 80GB?.

Oh and also.

I live in Canada, and I have reserved the LIMITED EDITION MGS4 copy. From Mississuaga, SouthCommon EB games store.

anticitizenone said:

April 11th, 11:23 am

Does that mean the Limited Edition is not going to be available in Europe? :(

StupidityTries said:

April 11th, 12:59 pm

Question about MGO:
In character customization, will we be able to use the PlaystationEye for face mapping purposes?

ChavNN2 said:

April 11th, 3:07 pm

I got in the beta im so happy!!!

sascha23 said:

April 11th, 4:34 pm

Got my pre-order DVD and beta passcode today. Woo!

Dew87 said:

April 11th, 6:29 pm

So when does Europe get the MGS4 limited edition PS3 bundle? We don’t? Oh.. I see… Thanks Sony.

RainerLagStyle said:

April 11th, 6:52 pm

Huh. I went to GS today and ended up reserving MGS, and was told I could only get the MGO beta with a limited edition reserve. Fine by me, I guess, but I didn’t get an art book. =/ Gonna go back tomorrow and strangle the clerk until they give it to me.

This game will be so amazing, I can’t wait. I’m using my vacation days the week it comes out =D

Oh, and the DVD you get with the pre-order really is worth the $5-$10, it is LOADED with videos. Maybe could’ve used more, like CGI from the earlier games, but as it is it’s like 1-2 hours of video. Nice for those of you who haven’t played MGS before. Def. recommend picking it up


stevejeann said:

April 11th, 8:22 pm

just picked my pre-order beta copy up @ EB Games (very limited indeed) … Can’t wait till next Monday…..

RailOcelot said:

April 12th, 4:02 am

You should add a microphone to your consoles its hard to play with people that have no microphones

theycallmeryan said:

April 12th, 7:13 am

@218 At my GS when I bought MGS: TEC (never played MGS before, I’m on game 1, love it so far) and I pre-ordered the regular edition and got the Beta.

Cesarcsrf said:

April 12th, 7:38 am

ah the rise of a dream…

MGS4 GOTY of the century or beyond!

Jae Starks said:

April 12th, 7:41 am

Gunmetal Gray: Playstation 3 80GB


Sony is being very creative for discontinuing the 80GB for cost production reasons, and just letting the customers buy the 40GB because they were less expensive. Now, that they are getting ready to release a few blockbuster video games, such as “Metal Gear Solid 4,” “Gran Turismo 5;” “Socom: Confrontation,” and “Home.” They are sure to make a huge profit, because they allowing the people to save money for the PS3 80GB.

In addition, a lot of people don’t want the PS3 40GB anymore because it doesn’t play Playstation 2 titles, doesn’t have many USB ports, etc.


Simeon718 said:

April 12th, 7:48 am

I just preordered Metal Gear Solid Limited Editon yesterday!!! I’m completely knew to this series.

Theossie said:

April 12th, 7:51 am

@130 CLauX

I just noticed that myself. Looks like the bundle includes PAIN as well.

They snuck that in there.

Pretty cool…

Theossie said:

April 12th, 7:57 am

@224 Simeon718

I’m pretty new myself. I was always interested in the games, but never got them.

What’s cool is that we can get the first 3 Metal Gears for $30.

I was going to get the Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection and play them before MGS4 is release.

JuanXtreme said:

April 12th, 9:56 am

Can’t wait for MGS4!!! >_<

neiljohncanson said:

April 12th, 11:53 am

MGS4 is gonna ROCK!!! :)

metalgearsolidmaster666 said:

April 12th, 11:58 am

im getting the new ps3 even though i already have one that thing looks badass

TheSlayerIsBack said:

April 12th, 2:45 pm

thats one sexy console:)

BulletToothTony said:

April 12th, 6:30 pm


BulletToothTony said:

April 12th, 6:30 pm

MGS4 FTWMFW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hardedge said:

April 12th, 6:36 pm

Any idea when the Bonus DVDs hit Western Canada, say, Vancouver, for example? :P I’ve called up several EB branches but they either haven’t received it or are completely oblivious to it…which frightens me, to say the least.

SDkngsht said:

April 12th, 6:44 pm

man…i picked up the “MGS essentials” package and am playing through the games all over again…this really is one of the greatest franchises to ever be made. good way to keep this final installment exclusive Sony.

can’t wait to see how they say farewell to the great Solid Snake.

SolidSnake1008 said:

April 12th, 10:12 pm

theres only one word to describe everything i just read….and that one word is BONER

nature pictures said:

April 13th, 1:21 am

nice wow

Demon said:

April 13th, 11:46 am

Already pre-ordered MGS 4 LE. I can’t wait to play this game! See you online.

bigdaddyjane said:

April 13th, 1:36 pm

MGS4 is going to be awesome

ticman said:

April 13th, 7:16 pm

Pre-ordered——waiting for June the 12th

Mitsugeta said:

April 13th, 8:21 pm

Is it odd that I want the special edition just for that awesome cover art?

Citizen said:

April 13th, 9:16 pm

Wow, the Standard Edition cover is so very awful. I actually registered just to post this because I’m so compelled by how bad it is. It looks like some fan made atrocity, or placeholder artwork. I say this as a huge Metal Gear fan who has already pre-ordered the Limited Edition. I just can’t believe they think that’s a good idea… especially after seeing the Japanese and European covers.

Troublesome626 said:

April 13th, 10:29 pm

looks dope cant wait

bennyboilu5 said:

April 14th, 3:47 am

omg omg omg
can’t wait hope its somthing good
im rili looking fowerd to it
im just sitting here reseting the page arhhh i wish i got in to the beta i love mgs4 oh well i guss im going to have to wait for realese date XD

Fersis said:

April 14th, 4:01 am

today is ‘surprise’ day !!!

BlackAngel878 said:

April 14th, 4:30 am

Its Monday! wheres the update?

Genki-Rocket said:

April 14th, 5:20 am


…. gak…

Coolwater said:

April 14th, 6:43 am

3:47, 4:01, 4:30, 5:20….

Wow, you guys are more excited than i am. lol. Now where is this damn surprise?

It’ll probably come this afternoon… What time was this blog entry made? Hmm…

bennyboilu5 said:

April 14th, 6:47 am

lol still sitting here refreshing the paig
how sad am i :\ lol

Demon said:

April 14th, 7:01 am

I don’t want to start any rumors or anything, but while we wait for Hideo Kojima’s surprise, I’ll try to guess what surprise is…

…maybe they moved up the release date, or they’re releasing a demo, or maybe MGS online will be online for eva!

eclipsed4utoo said:

April 14th, 7:23 am

I think it’s a demo.

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