ALERT! “Metal Gear Mondays” Begin NOW on the PlayStation.Blog with Metal Gear Online Beta Details!

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Welcome to the kick-off of “Metal Gear Mondays” on PlayStation.Blog! Here we’ll be bringing weekly articles about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Metal Gear Online packed with news and content including surprise announcements, guest authors, and much more!

This week we’ll go into a lot of detail on Metal Gear Online and the upcoming MGO Beta. You must attain a free pre-order bonus gift “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” DVD with MGO Beta Unique Product Voucher Code (UPVC) insert to participate in the MGO Beta as explained in our post last week.

If you have attained a MGO Beta UPVC, then Thursday, April 17th, this week, the download of the MGO Beta client will be available to you through the PlayStation Store on your PS3 (but please bear in mind, gameplay does not start until April 21st , and then will run until May 5th) – again, please do not try to redeem your UPVC before April 17th, you will just get an error message. You need to carefully follow the instructions provided on the MGO Beta UPVC insert in order to get at the download of the MGO Beta client through the PlayStation Store on your PS3. It is also important to note that your UPVC for the MGO Beta is good for only one PS3/PSN/PlayStation Store account, so you should absolutely NOT share your UPVC with anyone (unless you plan to forfeit your MGO Beta to whoever you give the UPVC to). There will not be any additional issue/reissue, replacement, etc of these codes – so again, we stress, please DO NOT share your UPVC for the MGO Beta with anyone!

Once you’ve got the MGO Beta client downloaded and installed, it’s time to load it up. Upon launching and going past the main menu, you’ll see that you need to sign up for a Konami ID. What is a Konami ID you ask? It is Konami’s service that has actually been around for a while in Japan, which basically allows for a unified account and access across various Konami products and services. Konami ID will be used for the first time in MGO for the US, and using the Konami ID allows for some of the really unique features we plan to offer the community with MGO. Once you hit the Konami ID sign up menu option, you should notice something subtle, but really cool: MGO launches the PS3 web browser from in-game and takes you to the Konami ID registration page. You can also simply visit from your favorite Web browser right now and sign up as well, to get a head start!


After the simple registration process, you will attain your Konami ID as well as GAME ID for MGO (the GAME ID is your MGO specific ID, basically). From there, it’s on to character creation …

Similar to some popular MMOGs, MGO features a deep character creation component. Each user of the Beta will get one “character slot” to create a character with. This includes a wide variety of personalization options, as well as customizable and upgradeable skills. Players can select up to 4 skills to specialize in, to match their play style and increase their effectiveness. Close Quarter Combat (CQC), knife fighting, quickness, alertness, heavy weaponry mastery, demolition, and sniper mastery are just some of the skills you can specialize in.


Once you have set up your character, it’s on to the action. Use the lobbies to find the match you’re looking for, from what is available in the Beta. Not all content and features are going to be available in the Beta.


Here are the some of the basics of MGO:

  • Metal Gear Online (MGO), the multiplayer experience that combines the rich Metal Gear Solid universe with online combat, is available exclusively on the PLAYSTATION 3 system!
  • MGO carries over the backdrop and control system of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (MGS4) to original online maps and game modes, with future downloadable content (planned to be released after the launch of MGS4) adding additional maps, characters, and other features.
  • Among the new components this time around are battles featuring up to 16 players, and the Sons of the Patriots (SOP) system, allowing for enhanced squad communication. Close cooperation is essential to survival on the battlefield!

A little more information on the new SOP System and the MGO theme:


A few years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the MGS4 story begins. In this short period of time, the world has changed drastically. PMCs [Private Military Companies] have taken the place of state armies as the world’s primary war engines – PMCs are private companies that specialize in warfare. The Big Shell Incident of MGS2 has prompted the U.S. Government to require all PMC soldiers be injected with nanomachines. These nanomachines regulate data, performance, and even emotions. Every soldier and weapon is controlled, regulated, and kept in check. This system, known as Sons of the Patriots (SOP), even makes it physically impossible for soldiers to turn their guns on their clients. In essence, it places the battlefield under corporate management. As a result, the fires of war continue to spread, and the PMCs inexorably increase their power and influence in world affairs.

The SOP System allows you to visually share information among your squad by linking your internal nanomachines. Information like your teammates’ positions, status, and even who they’re engaging with will all be provided to you in real-time. It also works through walls, letting you identify individuals by their digital silhouette. Gain the upper hand by scanning your enemy team’s link and share their information with your comrades. In MGO, intercommunication and adaptive teamwork decide the outcome!

With this in mind, it’s on to the action! The MGO Beta will contain …

Two maps:

Blood Bath


A kill house consisting of both surface and underground areas.

Groznyj Grad


The now abandoned weapons factory that housed the Shagohod in Metal Gear Solid 3. Contains open areas offering unobstructed views as well as indoor and rooftop locations.

Rules (aka gameplay modes)

Death Match
Kill or be killed in this race to get the most kills!

Team Death Match
Death Match takes a strategic turn, as you enlist your team to get the most kills!

Base Mission
Various points around the map will need to be secured to achieve victory!

Capture Mission
Capture the opponents “flag” and return it to your base for points!


Standard issue, with character:

  • CBOX
  • BINO
  • S.PLUG.S

In the map:

  • ENVG
  • DRUM


Primary, main weapons at base:

  • vz83
  • P90( +Suppressor)
  • MP5, AK (+Grenade Launcher)
  • M4 (Suppressor, Scope, Datsight, Grenade Launcher, Grip)
  • M17 (Datsight, Scope, Grip)
  • SVD
  • M14EBR
  • DSR1
  • M870
  • RPG

Secondary (Sub Weapon):

  • GSR
  • Mk.2 PISTOL
  • OPERATOR (Suppressor)
  • G18C
  • D.E.

Support (Others):

  • C4

And, very importantly, CATAPULT!!!

This image should explain it all, but you basically launch your character across the maps. I can’t tell you the sheer joy this brings to both the launched and those watching, you simply have to experience it for yourselves. Suffice to say, it allows for some very unusual strategies! Take a close look at the contextual action button at the bottom of the screen, w00t!

This info is subject to change, as things may be added or removed from the MGO Beta. There will also be some content surprises as the MGO Beta progresses, so please keep an eye out here on the PS Blog and at, and keep playing!

We end this week’s edition of Metal Gear Mondays with another surprise: we are going to giveaway MGO Beta UPVC’s RIGHT NOW at this link!

Simply fill out the registration fields, submit, meet the qualifications for entry, and you may receive a UPVC and download instructions for the MGO Beta (subject to Konami’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, of course, see the promotion page at the link for details)! We are releasing MGO Beta UPVC batches in EXTREMELY limited quantities, so don’t wait, hurry and register now!

That’s right, even if you miss out on the free pre-order bonus gift “Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2” DVD with MGO Beta UPVC, this is your chance to get in the MGO Beta RIGHT HERE! Hit the link for all the information!

If you’re not one of the lucky few who qualify right now, don’t despair! By registering you may still get in the MGO Beta, and we’ll also be posting more opportunities to enter at all week (don’t worry, if you’ve already entered, you can enter again when the opportunity arises)! There will also be a lot of promotions going on with some other of your favorite gaming sites, so stay tuned to and!!!

Also, please don’t forget to check out the latest KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS REPORT from Ryan Payton at Kojima Productions in Japan!

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Metal Gear Mondays on the blog! We’ll be watching the comments, so please let us know your thoughts, and specifically what you’d like to hear (we’ll do our best to address your burning questions, but please bear in mind, we’re really busy working on MGS4 among a lot of other great Konami games, so please understand we will not be able to get to everyone’s questions)! See you next week!

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    BTW i thought the paper said 14th? oh well i can’t wait.

  • Ok, the whole Konami ID signup is complicated and stupid. Now I have a Konami ID, a Konami Game ID, and a PSN name, all three with different passwords. Does this mean that my name in MGO won’t be my PSN name? Will it be my Konami ID or my Konami Game ID? And why would you ever think this is a good idea?

  • To further flesh out my past question:

    I read that there is the Konami ID registration page, but then after that, can character creation be done, all on the 17th if I wanted? Or do I have to wait until the 21st?

  • awsome cant waite

  • Oh man, sweet. Here I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to play in the beta because I didnt preorder the game, but now i got a code for the beta :)

  • 1. Care to explain a bit more about the weapons?
    2. How the heck does someone land from a Man Cannon?
    3. When’s Ryan gonna post his next Report?

  • This is fantastic! SWEET news, great job Brandon! Looking forward to this and the release a few months away!

  • Just wondering, is there any particular reason for asking for Xbox Live ID’s?

  • took me four mins to get a beta code..!!!

  • Um is this PS2? Why the hell can’t we use our PSN IDs? So you can spam us with useless emails?

  • I was sure that their “little” surprise was going to be something about little big planet. This will do though.

  • i was hoping for an mgs4 demo announcement…. but this info isnt bad. hail MG Mondays!

  • I want to know if we’ll be registered in the game under the Konami IDs or our own PSN IDs.

  • Awesome!

    I got my code!

    can’t wait to play!

    I hope I can get a crazy skin to play in- I know it will advertise my position, but it would be great to play as Psycho Mantis!



  • Metal Gear Mondays!!! Now I can have Metal Gear every day of the week! With the Kojima Productions Report on Thursdays and this on Mondays and playing through the essential collection, I might be able to make it through the next 2 months of anticipation!

    Lets hear something about preorders for the MGS4 bundle, I can’t afford to not be able to get one because there was no preorder system!

    And I want to know more about if we will see the MGS4 bluetooth headset in any of these bundles, or if we’ll see those sweet Sony 7.1 headphones given out with the American Hagane Steel PS3’s like they did in Japan!

  • THANK YOU! Fantastic surprise to see you guys giving away some of the beta codes. Thanks for the opportunity to be able to beta test this!

  • WTF? Even people who didn’t have to go out and pre-order get the code? Looks like i’m canceling my pre-order now. [DELETED] Konami!

  • Who hoo! I’m in the Beta!

  • @frito

    Take it easy pal or you will be banned again and more people hate you from what you post in the other blog post. But you are right, everyone must be banned if they act like kids and insulting another people just because they have an opinion. if an opinion isn’t a console war related or asking for home or in game xmb and is playstation/topic directed then ok.

    On topic, I preorder mine saturday and had my dvd copy with the code… I’m just waiting to the 17 and 21.

  • The PS Blog has been good to me. A couple months ago I won a TV as part of the Buzz! contest, and now I win an entry to the MGO Beta. My new favorite blog.

  • I’m very happy now, and very sorry that i responded like a jerk in the 2 spot. I didnt realize there was more to the post than what i saw on the front page and was very disappointed, but after i hit the comment section it brought me all the way into the post… and i saw there was more tender goodness to be had. I apologize a thousand times!

  • already got my code. but going to sign up for the konami ID right now.

    there should be more weekly posts. like the socom one every friday and now Metal Gear Mondays if they continue.

  • We need some clarification on the purpose of the Konami ID. Why is it necessary? Will the Game ID be the name we use in game?

    If so, why doesn’t it just use our PSN ID like every multiplayer game on this system? It’s incredibly convoluted for no reason what so ever.

  • Beta code FTW!

  • The Konami site is giving me problems. It won’t finish out the registration.

  • sweet thanks! cant wait! :)

  • Everybody, read the paper with your beta code on it and you will see it says that it doesn’t use the Playstation Network for the beta.

  • yes this was a pretty dissappointing surprise. nothing we didn’t already know.

  • Is the b’ worldwide?
    I’d like to kick some u.s ass :)

  • I apologize in advance for the all caps but for the love of God….


    I know I can’t be the only one anticipating this but

    MGO + New PS Store + Rock Band DLC = PSN dies this Thursday.

    I know you want to unleash the fury all in one day but this will either be the greatest idea or the most boneheaded idea.

    Right now I sound like the crazy guy screaming doom but we’ll see come thursday…we’ll see lol.

  • @RoAcH2285

    But will it for the full game, that’s the question

  • Cool stuff. I got my pre-oder beta already. Good luck to everyone else and see you next week on the battlefield!

  • Please reveal some things about the LE bundle next Monday. I’m getting a PS3 mainly for this game and I would love to get the LE bundle for MGS4. I just want to know if it’s going to have an 80gb HDD. If its 40gb I’m going to have to pass, but I don’t want to. Please just answer that. This weeks post didn’t really matter to me at all since I obviously don’t have a PS3 and I won’t be in the beta. It would be nice to have some information on when we could pre-order the bundles also. There’s not even two months left until the games release.

    Well, Thanks.

  • QUESTION: Will the final version of MGO use your PSN ID? Is this Konami/Game ID for the Beta only? (I’m sure many others are wondering this as well)

  • Thanks Konami! I forgot to pre-order MGS4 but I just got my beta code.
    I’ll see everyone on Thursday.

  • Woo!!! I got my code :D That was *very* fast. Can’t wait!

  • I got a beta code from the preorder. However, i do not own a ps3 yet. I plan to get the mgs4/ps3 pack in. In short, anyone need a beta code?


    Sign up!! I didn’t pre-order but i got the code from that link :)

  • AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i got a Unique Product Voucher Code 10 seconds after i registered !!!!!!!!
    Thanks Konami ,for make the Argentinean 23 years old guy… so happy!

  • The beta register site isn’t working for me. Anyone else?

  • SWEET ! I just filled out the konami form and got an email with a Beta code !!! My thanks goes out to the PS Blog !!

  • @cmargary

    geez people get too freaking worked up over video games!




    If people want to hate me for having both a 360 and a PS3, then so be it.

    I’ll just call it jealousy!

  • @70

    Congrats man, I was wondering who won that Buzz TV Challenge. GFG (On both winning the TV and now getting into the beta)

    As far as the Beta, I got an Email saying, Congratulations, but some of the wording, makes it seem like I’m not out of the woods yet.

    So @ Brandon Laurino, if you read this, if I get an Email, that means I’m automatically in the beta right? I read and comprehended the post, but just want to be sure, don’t want to be excited then comes April 17, I try to get the Beta, and it doesn’t work, especially if I could know now, upfront and try to persue some other methods of getting into the beta (Mainly buying a Beta pass, off of someone, that wants to sell it).

  • yuck. I hope all this Konami Online stuff isn’t required for the finished version. it’s unnecessesary and there’s really no need to have to register additional accounts when our PSN accounts work fine already.

    Please speak to Sony in regards to stat tracking or whatever you’re trying to do. We want unification, not separate accounts and the like. I’m sure they’d be more than happy to help with whatever your aim is, especially if it involves PSN and possibly one of its biggest online games this year.

  • Euh, why are you asking for a Xbox Live Gametag in this :

  • Outstanding stuff.

  • Well, I have my online beta key, I now have a Konomi ID, I just need the beta to start.

    Downloading on the 17th woopin yalls asses on the 21st. :)

  • Again ,thanks Konami , im so happy !!! :D
    Oh man, i feel like 9 years old again !

  • My only problem with the original MGO was that i couldn’t play offline with my friends. And it looks like MGO2 will be the same :( I will still play online not stop!

    See you all next week online!
    PSN: Cerberus_Hunter

  • OMG! I’m in the Beta

    Thanks KONAMI

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