Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Won’t Be Playable At TGS


Sony Computer Entertainment mentioned at its pre-TGS conference recently that it will be showing a number of titles in playable form at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, including sure-to-be hits like Bloodborne and The Order: 1886. What it didn’t initially specify was whether or not Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would also bring a playable demo to the show floor. Today, Konami revealed via its official TGS site that though MGS V will indeed appear, it will be in the form of a new video and hands-off presentation. In other words, still no gameplay for show-goers.

The new footage is slated to appear via a stage presentation, and if it’s anything like past MGS reveals, it’s going to be thoroughly impossible to predict how juicy what Konami has planned will or won’t be. We could be treated to an entirely new level, abilities, or previously-announced features and footage. Or, it could be yet another run-through of Afghanistan, completed a slightly different way, with some more swimsuit model gags on top. As far as we know, it’s completely up in the air.

Kojima is known for his tricks (as evidenced by his recent P.T. demo turned Silent Hills reveal), so it’s too soon to write off a lack of hands-on gameplay as a bad sign for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Still, other games that have been revealed more recently are already playable, so there may be other forces at play. Could Kojima’s renewed discouragement at Grand Theft Auto V‘s HD re-imagining have something to do with it? Fine by me if so — competition is good for the consumer, and games are no exception.