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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date tipped for early 2015

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date has been tipped for early 2015.

The release date tip comes courtesy of a supposed product registration page for Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, which is out on Friday, March 21.

According to the official Konami page, which a fan screengrabbed a posted to reddit, gamers who register their Ground Zeroes game can return in 2015 to download some Phantom Pain tie-in DLC.

“Come back early 2015 to claim your Downloadable Content”, reads the posted registration page.

Rumours suggest the DLC will allow you to use the mercenaries rescued in Ground Zeroes as part of your troops in The Phantom Pain.

Konami has yet to announce the official release date for Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, but the developer warned gamers not to expect it to launch anytime soon.

“As far as the game itself goes, The Phantom Pain will take place in an immense open world map, while Ground Zeroes takes place in a smaller open world,” explained series creator, Hideo Kojima. “It would’ve actually been better to release it all at once, but by the way things are going, it appear likely that Phantom Pain will be coming out around the time the PlayStation 4 becomes more spread out.”

In comparison to the smaller Ground Zeroes MGS title, The Phantom Pain is expected to be “more than 200x bigger”, which would explain why the game needs more time to develop.

“The Phantom Pain has enormous volume, so it will require much more time. So, together with the marketing staff, we consulted ‘what ifs’ and such, and came to the decision of allowing fans to at least play the prologue ahead of time.”

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