Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Metal Gear Gets Release Date, Bundle, Beta

After a year of delays, Konami's long awaited Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be hitting a store near you on June 12th. If that isn't enough to make MGS fans do the happy dance, Sony also announced a special MGS4 PS3 system bundle which will include an 80GB console, a copy of the game, as well as a Dual Shock 3 controller (which will go on sale by itself starting April 15th), all for $499.

That's a damn fine deal considering $499 is the same price the 80GB system sold for on its own until it was discontinued recently. Plus, you don't have to worry about getting stuck with an obsolete Sixaxis controller. If you were planning on buying a PS3 for MGS4 anyway, this is the next best thing to a price cut. If you already bought a PS3 because of MGS4, well, you should have waited.

If you already own a PS3 and just want the game, you're going to want to pre-order it come April, as all pre-order customers will be granted access to the beta test for Metal Gear Online. MGO is the multiplayer-only Metal Gear title which will be sold as a separate product from MGS4.

What we still don't know: Is the 80GB system in the bundle backwards compatible, or is it essentially just a 40GB (non-BC) system with a bigger hard drive? Will Metal Gear Online also be available June 12th? Will it be sold on disc or will it be a PSN download, or both? Will MGS4's story make any sense?

[via Kotaku]

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