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Nathan Brown puzzles over the future of free-to-play’s image
Kojima has restated his admiration for Grand Theft Auto V, twice declaring himself ‘depressed’ at the quality of the game, and expressing his concern that Metal Gear Solid V might not match it. Still, it appears he’s been taking notes. Given Konami’s intriguing suggestion that MGO is going to be “a dedicated multiplayer mode that segues into elements of the main game”, it’s not hard to imagine a similar setup to GTAV’s online component. Already it appears to take place within the same open world, and we know characters from the series will make an appearance. Meanwhile, footage of Snake taking a selfie with his arm around Ocelot’s neck is an obvious nod to GTA’s similar feature. However, we wonder whether even the likes of Kojima can find a way to make microtransactions easy to swallow.