‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience’ Won’t Include Mission 51

Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience
Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience Photo: Konami

New details on the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V compilation have been revealed by Konami, less than 24 hours after the publisher confirmed it would republish Hideo Kojima’s final addition to the Metal Gear franchise. Unfortunately, the latest word on Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience is going to be a major let down for anyone still hoping for a significant ending to one of 2015’s best new releases.

If you finished Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience, and didn’t immediately lose interest in the game/series, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the Chapter 51 materials given to those who purchased Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition. In a video, Kojima Productions showed off assets and concept art for an unfinished mission that would’ve given MGSV a much more climactic ending than the one we received. For months, fans remained convinced that the Chapter 51 video was proof The Phantom Pain shipped unfinished. Some theorized the mission would eventually be finished and released while others looked for proof that a third chapter would be added to Metal Gear Solid V after launch.

Sadly, neither theory has proven to be true. And it sounds like there’s officially no chance of either coming to fruition. According to Konami, the deleted scenes from Chapter 51 were never supposed to give fans the impression that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was unfinished. Sure, the axed mission would’ve made for an amazing finale; one that very well could have put MGSV above The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (for some) when it came time to determine the 2015 Game of the Year. But that content isn’t considered canon and Konami says fans shouldn’t expect to see a finished version of the mission included in Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience when it heads to stores in October.

“The ending isn't and never has been missing,” Konami told a fan on Twitter. “This is a prequel game to Metal Gear (released 1987).”

When pushed further on the matter, the publisher insisted that a proper ending for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain could be “found in the missions within” the current version of the game. The response will undoubtedly disappoint fans around the globe, particularly those who’ve been holding out hope for more story content, but should finally close the book on the myriad Metal Gear Solid V conspiracies still floating around certain corners of the web.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience is in development for PS4 and Xbox One. The upcoming MGSV compilation debuts Oct. 11.

Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes.com and follow Scott on Twitter for more Metal Gear Solid V coverage throughout 2016 and for however long Konami supports MGSV in the years to come.

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