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!

Comments are closed.


  • the konami ID site is not finishing its registration v.v. When I finally put all my info in, It just turns into a blank page.

  • It’s not letting me make mine. :(!!!!!!!!

  • Yeah, why IS there a field for an XBL gamertag?

  • Well will the MGS4/PS3 bundle pre-orders be made available to retailers, specifically Gamestop?

  • im giving this a five cause it MGS4 and MGO the best series ever

  • @96

    They are trying to see multiplatformers and what trends are out there.

  • lol Keep dreaming Frito.

    Awesome work with the blog, guys.

  • yeaaa i got my code, sahweeet

  • I guess it is a surprise to those who couldn’t get the Saga DVD.


  • @111
    You dont have to do it now,You can launch from the game once you download into a seperate window if you like.It’s getting slammed by traffic more than likely.

  • Picked up my Dual Shock 3 Controller over this past week along with my Saga 2.0 DVD. For those who pre-ordered have not received thier DVD I would recommend contacting their retailer.

    Feeling alttile nostalgic I may have replay Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 all over again just for pratice.

  • That KONAMI ID site seems to be too busy right now (wonders if can handles the load when beta starts or worse when the game launches)

  • somehow im under 14 years old when i put the year 1989….i cant sign up for the konami id….

  • Awesome stuff, I’m totally looking forward to the Beta!

  • nice, i already got my pre-order beta code,
    but one question,
    in the full game, the online id will still be like the one in the beta, or will it have our psn id’s??
    this a really a matter of concern to me, cuz i thought that with the psn id, i was going to be able to play game without registering every single one for online play…

  • lol, I just picked up my bonus dvd today. Anyways, this is good news

    It’s sad that one of your most original titles is not getting the recognition that it deserves.

  • Amazing! KONAMI and SONY are teaming up to bring us the greatest game in history, keep up the good work!

  • Yh, Jess, Sony gave Patapon all the hype in the world. It’s the consumer who didn’t show the recognition…

  • Me gots to get chosed *sits in corner and prays*

  • Man Cannon? Can we say Pain? LOL

  • nice blog update, fully detailed can’t wait till next Monday :)

  • is there any mic support in the beta or in the starter pack coming with MGS4?

  • i hope you guys will let us know if any information posted contains spoilers. i really don’t want to ruin my MGS4 experience. thanks.

  • dude what the hell? do u know if it takes anytime to get the mgs vl 2 after u pre-order it? cus i wanna play the beta soooo bad!! cus i just did my pre-order, and then i wasnt sure if i would get it, so i try to do it with the ones u are giving by e-mail, but i didnt get one, so konami could u please give me a beta code?!?!?! pls pls pls i want it sooo bad!! and i already did my pre-order!! but i know if i get one just because i live in canada..

    ohh and the other thing is that i try to make my konami ID i put my date of birth (im 18 years old) and the stupid thing said to me that they dont let children under 14 years old to make an account… WTF??? im 18!! i dont know what the hell is wrong with that… soooo could anyone in konami help me?? or anyone else?

    Thanks for everything… even if i dont get the code, KONAMI U FREAKING ROCK!! MGS series, best games ever!! and MGO in the ps2 was completetly awesome, it sucks that u had to closed.. thats the reason i wanna play this one soooo bad!! well thanks again! and sorry for the really long comment

  • I dont know about MGO but I’m thrilled that Konami is finally doing something unique with Metal Gear, Even If I don’t end up playing it I think It takes the Aspect of MG to a new level of play and for that I say congrats

  • Cool, I can’t wait to try this beya :).

  • for some odd reason wont show for me._.


    Please drop this additional registration process and just use the PSN ID. The Konami ID site will only serve to aggravate users. We want our PSN ID’s while playing. PSN integration is a must for this title if it is expected to flourish in the online space.

    Thanks for your consideration,

  • Stinks for my family – neither my dad nor I got in. :(

  • Metal Gear Mondays sounds great!
    I would like to know more about the gun-metal limited edition PS3.

  • Nice.

    PSN CARDS PLZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I swear That Konai ID site has to be the most anal process I have ever seen.
    Please Konami simplify it.

  • My PS3 broke awhile back and i want to buy a new one. MGS4 is the main reason why i bought my PS3. The MGS4 bundle is a god send to me, so i want to know, will the MGS4 Limited Edition bundle have a 80gb ps3? Where would i be able to pre-order one? Also will the MGS4 Limited Edition bundle be exclusive to GameStop? Thank You.

  • @KeyWii
    Relax. It’s just for the BETA.

  • does has a IP country limitation? cause i live on puerto rico and that page does not show and puerto rico is part of the u.s. .-.

  • ohh another thing that i forget to mention before


    When i tried to open the konami ID thing, when u have to choose ur country its says that u cant change ur country and if u actually live in other country different in the one u choose, u wont be able to use it… BIG MISTAKE first of all u only have like 15 countrys, what happen to all the others? cus now im living in canada, so is not a big problem, but my real home is in Colombia, south america, and it didnt appear in the options.. and it sucks if i cant play MGO there!! u have to put all the countrys, cus belive me u have a lot of fans in Souh America, i know lots… so PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THAT


  • For those having trouble with the Konami site displaying blank pages try using Safari. I couldnt get it to work with any others.

  • @138

    Nope, that’s not why your browser is going blank. Its probably because the server is being heavily accessed, just keep trying, I actually just finished doing my account, so you should be able to get it done if you keep trying. Hope that helps :)

  • yep cant wait until this is out, and i thought it was friday u can dl the beta hehe

  • Can anyone tell me why the Konami ID website tells me I’m under 14 when I was born in 1989? Am I doing something wrong.

  • wow that konami registration is horrible,I love you konami but…….grrrrrrrrr.

  • im going to be in the beta

  • I’m in the beat too…sweet…I wonder what the % of people is that get in this way?

  • I just pre-ordered the game!

    This is great news…

    …but I can not register for a Konami ID. Its a very difficult and annoying process. I hope Sony/Konami figure out a way to integrate PSN ID when the game goes official. This is horrible.

    I will try a few more times, but If not I’m quitting…

  • I’m in the beta too…sweet…I wonder what the % of people is that get in this way?

  • I phoned up the local EB again about the Bonus DVDs, now they tell me that it’ll be given out on June 12th along with MGS4! That doesn’t make any sense D:

  • So I just hit the link to register and the site won’t load, so I’m guessing it’s being bombarded :)

  • I filled out the info. and got an email almost instantly to let me know I got in the beta. I wonder if it’s as simple as just filling that out and getting in or if it’s still pretty random?

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