Skip to main content

Exploit Leads To Temporary Suspension Of Metal Gear Online Beta

Konami temporarily suspended the beta for Metal Gear Online on PC. They announced that a MB exploit was present that allowed gamers to gain free cash shop coins to purchase items from the cash shop during the beta. Konami suspended the beta to issue a hotfix to remove the exploit.

According to PC Gamer there was no time frame on when the beta would return, but over on the Steam discussion thread a Konami community manager made it known that there was an exploit they had to fix and that the beta is now back up and running for PC gamers...

Due to a possible exploit, we've removed access to the Beta temporarily while a hotfix is being prepared.[…] The maintenance has ended and the Metal Gear Online Beta should now be available once again. Please check and let us know if you continue to run into issues.

The repair period lasted around 10 hours, as the developers attempted to squash the exploit that enabled PC gamers to get free MB coins, the virtual currency that is paid for with real life money.

For those of you who don't know, Metal Gear Solid's online mode generates revenue based on the microtransactions in the cash shop. These items include clothes, accessories and various kinds of gear and outfits from past Metal Gear Solid games.

The news about Konami suspending the beta to fix an exploit for the cash shop sent a sour taste sprawling through the mouths of gamers. Why? Because it's a beta and Konami already has an active cash shop up and running and were so concerned about making money from a beta test (which is usually reserved for finding bugs and fixing exploits) that they would shut down the whole beta to fix a money exploit instead of just leaving it up, making the fix and then wiping the stats on accounts.

Either way, Konami hasn't been feeling a lot of love for gamers after the very public and discomforting departure between creator Hideo Kojima and Konami throughout 2015. This all culminated in Konami using their lawyers to prevent Kojima from even showing up at the 2015 Game Awards to receive the reward for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It was a huge blow to the community given that it was Kojima's final game for Konami and everyone wanted to see him give an impassioned speech about his swan song for the publisher he's worked with for several decades.

Nevertheless, Konami has decided to take Metal Gear and move forward without the original creator. They're maintaining the online multiplayer aspect for console gamers and PC gamers, and will finish up the beta test for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on PC before launching it in full.

The online portion of the game is already available on the Xbox and PlayStation home consoles (with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions being rife with hackers), so once they add the PC version to the stable, the online capability will be complete across all platforms.

There's no date on when the online portion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will fully launch for PC, but it probably won't be too long after the final beta phases are complete.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.