It’s a bird… it’s a plane…No, it’s the worldwide release date for MGS4

You may have already heard about this and some of the other items to come out of the Destination PlayStation event, but Konami decided that they still needed to clear the air, and sent out a press release to reaffirm a few things about the Metal Gear Solid 4 release.

For starters, it’s set to arrive stateside (and the rest of the world) on Thursday, June 12th. Other than that, the game will include the highly anticipated Metal Gear Online “starter pack,” for 16-player online battles, and an added bonus for those of you who show Konami a little initiative via some preorder love: the Metal Gear Saga 2.0 DVD.

Hardcore and casual fans alike should enjoy the 20th anniversary retrospective that the disk includes, but we all know it’s the secret code for getting in on the Metal Gear Online beta test for this April that everyone’s really after. Still thinking about holding off on that PlayStation 3 purchase? It has to be getting pretty uncomfortable for you, by now.

Press release, after the jump: 


EL SEGUNDO, CA – February 28, 2008 – Following opening remarks made during the General Session at the 2008 Destination PlayStation retailer event in Scottsdale AZ, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.  confirmed several new initiatives related to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, including a North American street date, online multiplayer, and pre-sell program.  

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the final chapter in the saga of Solid Snake which sends him around the world in pursuit of his arch nemesis, Liquid Ocelot. Armed with new gadgets and abilities, Solid Snake must shift the tides of war into his favor, using the chaos of the battlefield to infiltrate deep into enemy territory. In his globetrotting final mission, Snake must sneak deep into enemy locations in the Middle East, South America, and other corners of the Earth to foil Liquid Ocelot’s plans for total world domination.

Street Date

Opening remarks revealed that the final chapter in the saga of super spy Solid Snake is expected to arrive in stores in North America on Thursday June 12th, 2008.  “Blockbuster events and premieres are a tradition of the summer,” said Kazumi Kitaue, Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. Chairman and CEO.  “We anticipate that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots fits that bill perfectly, and consumers will be waiting in line to get their copy of the game just like it’s a hit Hollywood movie.” 

Metal Gear Online Starter Pack

It was also confirmed today that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will launch with the Metal Gear Online “Starter Pack” supporting online gameplay.  In addition to the single player experience, gamers will also be able to take the action online with up to 16 players and battle it out using the latest weapons and stealth techniques. 

Pre-Sell Program

Beginning April 2008, consumers that pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will receive the Metal Gear Saga 2.0 DVD, containing a Prologue that recaps the Metal Gear franchise, a 20th Anniversary retrospective, character bios for Big Boss, Liquid Snake, Solidus Snake, and Solid Snake, plus a collection of international trailers of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.  This pre-order package also contains an insert with a download code and special instructions for accessing the Metal Gear Online beta test when it goes live in late April.  This special pre-order package will only be available while supplies last. 


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