Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker due May 25

PSP installment in Konami and Hideo Kojima's stealth action series gets a North American release date, UK launch set for May 28.

Another piece of the puzzling Metal Gear Solid series plotline is about to fall into place. Konami today announced that Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is set to launch in North America on May 25, 2010. It will ship three days later in the UK.

No matter where you go, there you are. And there, and there, and there.

A sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and previous PSP entry Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Peace Walker puts players in the role of Naked Snake/Big Boss once more and gives them a look at the earliest stages of his Outer Heaven mercenary group. Series creator Hideo Kojima and Konami are emphasizing Peace Walker as a "full-scale sequel" in the Metal Gear series and not a spin-off or side project.

One of the big new additions to Peace Walker is cooperative multiplayer action for up to four players. Gamers can pick from one of four Snakes, each with its own equipment and focus on stealth, combat, or a mix of the two.

Peace Walker also plays with the standard structure of past Metal Gear games. Players will be able to revisit previously completed missions, and Konami is borrowing a page from its recent Metroid-inspired Castlevania games to give them a reason to. Snake will earn new abilities as he progresses through the game, enabling him to reach secret areas from earlier levels on a repeat visit.

For more on Peace Walker, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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189 comments
Scorpius366
Scorpius366

@aaronfhff123 i think you mean metal gear 2:solid snake, not snake's revenge. snakes revenge sucked. but yea a complete remake of the first metal gear games would be awesome

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@major_zero25 Yes they were on the original Nintendo. I think they should remake those two games. We need to play as snake infiltrating outer heaven in 3d. It would be so sick

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

They should remake the very first metal gear and remake snakes revenge. NOT metal gear solid. They already remade metal gear solid for gamecube.

DAVISITHO
DAVISITHO

i hope thet when they say we `re learning new abilities , they are refearing new cqc abilities too. Hpe so XD this game is freaking awsome.

halo4xbox720
halo4xbox720

This is how you support the PSP third-party! Kojima should be commended for pushing the system so much, I love it. The demo is awesome, and if there is enough story this could be an EPIC the scope of MGS 1-4.

gearsofwar98
gearsofwar98

It is Probably going to be the best psp game for 2010. This is a must have game. For sure going to get it!

Excedra
Excedra

may? too far for a psp game isnt it?

major_zero25
major_zero25

cjasko94 before metal gear solid there were two games called metal gear and metal gear 2 solid snake those games were on NES i think

cjasko94
cjasko94

@Zero9698 Metal Gear Solid 1 already got a re-make. It is on the Nintendo Game Cube and it's called Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes. And Metal Gear Solid 2 got a re-make (sort of) MGS2: Substance for the Xbox. Just a tad better gameplay and new missions etc.

cjasko94
cjasko94

Cool can't wait :P I am asking for a psp for xmas

Zero9698
Zero9698

cobra unit game would b nice either it be you just play as the boss or the whole cobra unit or certain missions would b 4 certain members and it it would b like during ww2 and after ww2 and events leading up 2 snake eater (heres a thought: boss killed hitler rather than he kill himself) great idea...

Zero9698
Zero9698

now theres a date May f'n 25 2010 they should remake metal gear and metal gear 2 NOW THAT IS SOMETHING 2 PLAY IF THEY DO THAT THAN PUT ON PS3 theres nothing wrong with 360 but many ppl are use 2 seeing mgs on ps i dont really care if mgs is on 360 and ps3 i just want my game but i can c both parties pov (remember game on multiple systems+ ppl eager 2 buy if on multi platforms= mo money 4 kojima) ps3ownerspov:it been on ps since mgs1 ps would be nothin wit out it 360 is greedy 360ownerpov:it should b on 360 and ps3 bcuz twin snakes was on gc and substance was on xbox matter of fact mg was on nes ps3 has other exclusives

stormdrill27
stormdrill27

4 snakes the enemy doesnt stand a chance

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

il like to see one with the boss as the main character

Spartan-1775
Spartan-1775

@Adziboy your right there are no PSP Go exclusives infact KH: Birth By Sleep has no plans for a PSN release so if you want it you'll need a UMD

BoMbFuNkMc
BoMbFuNkMc

I agree that solid snake's story has finished. It is done. MG/MG2 could do with a rerelease in HD, so it is more widely available. Big boss' story only just begun in MGS3. And before Peace walker, there was the two portable ops plus games which i believe are canon to the franchise. The only three games not canon to the story is snakes revenge and metal gear acid(&2) Play the demo of peace walker, and you will see the controls are fantastic. Using the four directional buttons as your inventory, the triangle square etc buttons are used for the camera. Its intuitive. Its a shame someone has slagged off the controls already.

tyzwain
tyzwain

I personally wanna see a Metal Gear remake. MG 1 and 2 were awesome,and deserve a HD overhaul.

Adziboy
Adziboy

@Hizang: SONY already mentioned, I think, that there are no PSPGo exclusives.

Hizang
Hizang

I really hope this comes out on UMD format, I really dont want to have to buy a PSP Go for this

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

A PSP Metal gear game I will just have to get even though the controls are not as good as the consoles. The game will be great but the controls will suck.

mazniq
mazniq

jtthegame316 you're kinda right. They did a remake of MGS1 on the gamecube and Xbox did get a port of MGS2 which was probably made by lab apes tested for their intelligence. And at the end when lemmings finally get an actual MGS multiplatform title, oh nooooes it's that b***h again(though he's a lot tuffer now) from the only previous game you got. Just bite it you're stuck with a spin-off title about blondie. I mean how screwed you have to be to get such kind of treatment from one of the best game franchises. You're totally right Metal Gear has nothing to do with Playstation however MGS(pay attention on the SOLID S) belongs to it in any posible way. Man, I've become a fanboy :))

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

aaronfhff123 exactly metal gear should always be multi format. but you see sony fanboys think that games like metal gear which actually has nothing to do with sony should be on there system only. konami are a third party so yes put this on 360 although it is good there are putting metal gear rising there.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

@aaronfhff123 I don't think you can say the same thing for Mass Effect and all GTA 4 expansions. I have the 360 as well but I don't find it as attractive anymore recently as i'm now intro S/TRPGs

Petch1984
Petch1984

Let's hope the controls are better than port-ops. I tried for so long to config the settings so that game would feel right but it wasn't possible...the biggest thing stopping the psp is the lack of a right sided analogue stick. I love MGS but i'm not going to play a game just out of loyalty.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@Igrat Halo is sht and so is Gears...well they are decent games, but I never had as much fun playing those games as I do playing a Metal Gear game.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@ MacenKrace and the reason it wasnt such a hit on xbox is because xbox owners at the time naive to brainwashed by the hype of halo mania to realize what greatness their system recieved. MGS 2 substance was amazing.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@MacenKrace I am not a fanboy I have played ps3 and 360. I own a 360. They are both just as good in different ways...however I cannot afford a ps3 or PSP and think it would be fair for MGS fans who dont own ps3 a chance to buy their wonderfull games....why not? MGS2 substance was released on xbox... Why not let everyone experience the games.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Game looks really good to me, I can't wait for it.

Spartan-1775
Spartan-1775

@crimsonblade28 everything was explained up from MGS3 to MGS2 plot wise there's still no clear explanation on the connection from MGS3 to MG though

Spartan-1775
Spartan-1775

@Agelu its not PSP Go exclusive..... Sheesh why the hell does everyone think Sony is abandoning the older PSP models well heres a little fact for you Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep has no plans for a PSN release so if you want it you'll need to get the UMD!

oREVOLVERo
oREVOLVERo

Will there be a PSP bundle with this game ? I would buy one just to play this game.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

Another game from the MGS series. I expect a lot from this game to beat MGS4, and believe me it needs a lot. MGS4 was great and I expect nothing less from the sequel. @aaronfhff123 firstly the PS3 is way better than the 360 and MGS4 uses it's full potential. Secondly the MGS series started on the PS, continued on the PS2 with 2 and 3 and naturally it went on PS3 with 4. And thirdly MGS2 was released on the Xbox... it was not so much of a hit as it was on the PS2 so that's why there were no sequels for the xbox.

crimsonblade28
crimsonblade28

@ Kavadias1981 Im an MG fan as well. Probably not one as big as you or most of the people posting on here, but I do enjoy the games alot. I just believe there is a certain time and point to stop making games for a series. Put the production into something new, not just a familiar franchise. Thats boring imo. MGS is great, and GotP was amazing... so just leave it at that. You know?

Igrat
Igrat

@ aaronfhff123 pfft, only if xbox brings Gears of War 2 to PS3 first....and Halo.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

Why wont they release a mgs for Xbox 360???? It would sell more if they released it for all consoles. not only would PSPS and ps3 owners buy the games but EVERYONE would! People don't make any goddam sense I swear! I want metal gear on 360!!! AND I WANT TO PLAY AS SNAKE NOT RAIDEN!!!

Agelu
Agelu

Oops. Being released for the least successful console of the moment, PSP Go...

bullsfan769
bullsfan769

whoa is it just me, or does it look like a new graphics borderland-type thing

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@crimsonblade28 I am a HUGE MG fan. I've played the entire franchise to death and still love it. However I do agree with you that they are milking it a little. We really don't need to know what happened at this point in time as the combination of MGS3, MGS4, PO and The MG Encyclopedia cleared all that up for us. What's next? A game where we play as The Boss (or The Joy as she was known as then) and take on Nazis in WW2? Sure, that'll explain a little more about the origins of the entire franchise but it isn't really necessary. Still buying Peacewalker though lol. Can't resist!

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

hey, im down. i had all the metal gear games for the psp.

Asheileon
Asheileon

It's pretty evil that they realise some of the parts of the story on different systems, making us buy more...... but I still will :cry:

Bashers79
Bashers79

Next they'll make a top down RTS called MGS:Wars. Then they could make a MGS4 add-on, but market it as a full game and charge full price. Kettle, pot, black!

crimsonblade28
crimsonblade28

Okay, now they're just milking the series. MGS died with the 4th one. Everything was explained, everything. I wish they wouldnt come out with Rising, but oh well. Guns of the Patriots was the perfect game to just stop.