After many years of waiting, fans of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain can rest easy knowing that the game will most likely be released sometime this year. While the more impatient fans are understandably anxious to know the exact date of release, Konami has yet to reveal this information but has assured the fans that it will in all likelihood be released this year.
Still, that hasn't stopped rumors from circulating on the Internet on when the game might be released. A purported leak from a financial report suggests a late summer release while other sources offer a November release. As always, users are advised to take these types of rumors with a grain of salt until confirmed otherwise by a more credible source.
In the meantime, the game's creator Hideo Kojima tweeted on his account two images that showcase the different day and night graphic effects in the game. While it doesn't reveal too much information on the actual gameplay of MGS 5, it does lend a bit of insight on the game's overall visual aesthetic.When comparting the two images, both of which depict a bloodied Snake sitting inside an unspecified vehicle, the differences are quite pronounced, particularly the lighting effects. Whether this will have any impact on the gameplay, however, remains to be seen.
In other news, developers of MGS 5's accompanying multiplayer add-on Metal Gear Online answered a few fan questions on Twitter regarding certain gameplay aspects. The MGO team revealed that there will likely be an option to access music tracks in the game. They also answered a question on the ability to tag walls with clan emblems or other such logos by saying that it is not planned at the moment.
They declined to release more in-depth information but advised that more information will likely come out before May, in response to a user query on the availability of new information releases.