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A possible new re-release of last year's Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its prequel Ground Zeroes could be coming. A listing hinted at the possibility of something big being on the horizon but then things took a slightly different turn.
According to Gamespot there was a listing on Amazon for a Metal Gear Solid: V Definitive Ex with a placeholder release date of December 31st, 2016. Sounds like some kind of mecha anime version of Metal Gear. Well, the reason that I mention that there "was" a listing on Amazon is because Amazon has removed that listing, for now.
Some speculation has run rampant over on Reddit, where the common belief is that this definitive edition will come with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the Metal Gear Online multiplayer DLC packs.
Others are putting a bit more hope into the possibility that maybe Konami is considering releasing the full version of the game and include Chapter 3 into the package. For those of you who don't know, Chapter 3 in The Phantom Pain was the missing final chapter in the game. Kojima Productions had the funding cut and the project shutdown before they could finish Chapter 3 and so the final and real ending of the game was left out. The ending also setup the tie-in between The Phantom Pain and the first Metal Gear Solid.
Unfortunately, Konami's higher-ups didn't like that they spent $80 million on the development of the game and the Fox Engine over the course of five years and decided to end their relationship with auteur Hideo Kojima.
Konami kept hold of the Fox Engine but cancelled in-development projects like Silent Hills, which involved Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro and actor Norman Reedus. Both Reedus and Kojima have teamed up together again for the upcoming Death Stranding, which is currently in development at Kojima's own independent production studio.
While many are waving off the possibility that Konami would finish Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and include the third and final chapter to the game, it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility that they included the final chapter, which included the final island and showdown with Metal Gear Sahelanthropus. They still have the tech and the source code, so it's definitely possible, but it's also highly unlikely.
The more common line of thinking is that like it's mentioned at the top of the article, the Definitive Ex will just be a repackaged version of the DLC and the two renditions of Metal Gear Solid V for $60.
Either way the comment section on Gamespot is having none of it. Most of them are fed up with Konami and are using the famous hashtag involving an 'R' rated expletive and "onami".
The company has practically distanced itself from AAA gaming and have let their franchises fall by the wayside as they pursue the casino gambling and pachinko machine market. Some people even joked that Metal Gear Solid: V Definitive Ex could end up being a mobile game or pachinko game. At this rate there's really no telling what the package could end up being other than some rendition of Metal Gear Solid V. We'll likely find out if or when an official announcement is made about the product.