News: But no US release date just yet.
Konami has given a Japaense and European release date to the next game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. The game will be released for the PSP on March 18 in Japan and on May 28 in the United Kingdom. No North American release date has been announced yet, but if history is any guide, an April release is likely.
According to series creator Hideo Kojima, Peace Walker will continue the story of what happened to Big Boss in the 70s while answering some of the lingering questions about the series' storyline.
"Metal Gear Solid fans should prepare themselves for the next chapter of Snake's story," commented Hideo Kojima, Head of Kojima Productions and creator of the Metal Gear Solid series. "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker will answer many of the series' unanswered questions and showcase a different, more collaborative side to tactical espionage."
And those questions will be answered using the same award-winning stealth gameplay the series is known along with an all-new co-op mode:
Developed specifically for the PSP system, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is the next true chapter in the story of legendary special ops expert, Snake (AKA Big Boss), and acts as a direct sequel to Kojima's previously released Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is set in 1974 at the tail end of the cold war and boasts an all-new story penned by game creator Hideo Kojima himself.
In true Metal Gear Solid tradition, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker drops the player into a series of hostile scenarios, as a terrible plan for world domination unfolds. Infiltrating a series of strategic strong-holds, the player takes on a number of increasingly varied missions, and will face some of the most incredible end-of-level adversaries the series has ever produced. Coupled with stunning visuals, incredible enemy AI, and a twisting plot that will delight and surprise as the game is played, it is no wonder Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is already being hailed as one of the most exciting games of 2010.
In addition to solo operations, players can now work together towards a common goal in the multi-player CO-OPS (CO-operative OPerationS) mode. Assist a companion who receives damage by administering medical help, share munitions, or sneak through stages in snake formation by covering each other's blind spots. Likewise, plans can be formulated to take on adversaries, with players acting as decoys while their friends sneak into advantageous positions. ""
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