July 14, 2008
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced it will release the first expansion pack for its Metal Gear Online title on July 17th. Entitled Metal Gear Online Gene Expansion, the download adds new maps, characters and a game mode to the existing game.
Metal Gear Online is a dedicated online title released with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, an exclusive title for PLAYSTATION®3, which took the market by storm on its release in June. Featuring characters, weaponry and levels taken from and inspired by Metal Gear Solid 4, Metal Gear Online allows up to 16 people to play simultaneously. The online game retains the famed stealth combat gameplay of the Metal Gear series, players are dropped in a series of war zones wherein different challenges await.
The new Metal Gear Online Gene Expansion enhancement will be available to download via Metal Gear Online’s built-in store from July 17th, and is priced 9,99 Euro. The download adds a number of key features to the basic game, including new three new maps. ‘Coppertown Conflict’ boasts wide, open streets, ‘Tomb of Tubes’ is a labyrinth of underground passages, while ‘Virtuous Vista is a sprawling outdoor locale, and ideally suited to medium and long-range combat techniques.
A new ‘Survival’ mode has also been added, wherein players are charged with staying alive for as long as possible within a series of increasingly challenging stages, while a Reward Shop has been added wherein accrued points can be traded for new gear. The new add-on also added Metal Gear Solid 4 heroes Meryl and Johnny to the list of playable characters, both of whom enjoy unique skills, and will be randomly allocated to players when their use is enabled. Finally, Kojima Productions has also added the ability to create female soldiers for those creating new characters.
“Konami is committed to the evolution of Metal Gear Online, and this first expansion pack illustrates the ways the game can be enhanced with new stages, characters and modes,” commented Christopher Heck, European Brand Manager for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “The new update represents terrific value for money, and will be followed by additional add-ons in the coming months designed to keep Metal Gear Online fans enthralled with the new possibilities they will bring.”
Ahead of NPD’s June U.S. hardware and software sales report, Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter has predicted an uptick in PS3 sales on the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, but still sees the Wii easily topping the hardware charts.
Pachter expects combined market sales to be up 19 percent over the year prior at $645 million, up from 2007’s $542 million. Metal Gear Solid 4, Ninja Gaiden II, Lego: Indiana Jones, Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero Aerosmith are expected to be the top new titles, but Pachter says he also expects “a dramatic drop-off in sales from last month’s performance of Take-Two’s GTA IV and Nintendo’s Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii.”
Looking at hardware performance, Pachter predicts the Wii will outsell the Xbox 360 and PS3 combined, with PS3 sales up “due to the release of PS3 exclusive MGS 4 and a special Wal-Mart promotion.” The full list is as follows:
Wii – 750,000
DS – 625,000
PS3 – 375,000
Xbox 360 – 235,000
PSP – 235,000
PS2 – 160,000
“Next generation console unit sales are running well ahead of the level in the analogous period of 2003 (when console prices averaged under $200),” he concluded, “implying room for significant sales growth as price cuts are implemented.”
E3 2008 begins in LA tomorrow. We waited until the last possible minute to bring you the final list of confirmed games, including all those that are PS3 exclusive.
Of course, we are expecting all sorts of additional titles to appear during the Sony conference on Tuesday 15th, but this is the list of games actually confirmed to be on the floor at the event.
If you’re going along, why not print out this list so you can check off all the PS3 action…
Baja: Edge of Control
Bionic Commando Rearmed [PS3 Attitude Big Three title]
Blitz: The League II
Buzz! Quiz TV PS3 Exclusive [PS3 Attitude Big Three title]
Darksiders: Wrath of War
Edge of Twilight
Just Cause 2
Killzone 2 PS3 Exclusive
LEGO Batman: The Videogame
LittleBigPlanet PS3 Exclusive
Madden NFL 09
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Monster Madness: Grave Danger PS3 Exclusive
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift PS3 Exclusive
NBA Live 09
NCAA Football 09
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising
PixelJunk Eden PS3 Exclusive
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Resident Evil 5
Resistance 2 PS3 Exclusive
Rise of the Argonauts
Saints Row 2
SIREN: Blood Curse (Episode 1) PS3 Exclusive
SOCOM: Confrontation PS3 Exclusive
Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
The Last Remnant
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest
This is Vegas
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09
Tomb Raider Underworld
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009