Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Novel sneak peek, paperback will also be sold separately

Amazon is selling a special bundle containing Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and a Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker novel with illustration by Yoji Shinkawa (called the Premium Pack). Konami has published a sneak peek online showing the first pages of the book.

MGS-Peace-Walker-Novel-Sample

Japanese fans have been asking for a separate release as well, and Konami responded by announcing a paperback edition of the book, that will be sold separately. The images in this one will be in black and white, instead of the full color prints of the bundled version. However, this version will include commentary by Hideo Kojima, which the limited edition version doesn’t have.

The paperback will release on March 25 for a price of 798 yen, and can be ordered at the Japanese store Kadowa. Kojima Productions stated an e-book version will be available as well.

Source: Kojima Productions Japanese FacebookKadowa, Hideo Kojima Twitter, MGSV Ground Zeroes Official Japanese Site

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  • ObsessedGeorge

    Interesting! I would like to know what his comments are.

  • Cartmangus

    Nyx, you have any idea where you can find any art from MGS3 in good quality? I’ve downloaded the artbooks from mgs1 and 2 but having a hard time finding something like that for mgs3

  • Anthony Filipas

    I’d love to see an English translation someday. The US already has a MGS and MGS2 novelization by Raymond Benson.

    • NegaScott128

      Don’t forget the MGS4 novel by Project Itoh. But we had to wait 4 years for that one to be translated…

  • PrinceHeir

    i think it’s stupid that the LE doesn’t get the commentary from Kojima.

    it’s freaking LE for a reason!

    love Shinkawa’s art! i could look at this all day long!!

  • solidmatt

    I just finished Peace Walker on PS3 and I’ve got to say the story is utter nonsense, and I mean this within the context of MGS lore which in general is kind of wacky. The whole premise of MSF makes no sense whatsoever. It bothers me so much I wrote a whole blog post devoted to it:

    http://gamephilosophe.blogspot.com/2014/02/peace-walker-makes-no-sense-work-in.html

    Check it out and tell me in the comments if you can explain this mess to me.

    • Mr. Tibbs

      I think that Peace Walker really focuses on Big Boss’ motivation and his struggle with how to deal with the death of the Boss. In MGS3′s epilogue Big Boss learns that his mentor the Boss knew that she would be killed by her country but that she willingly died for the good of her country because of her belief in “Loyalty to the end”. Peace Walker’s narrative at first seems like it’s back tracking as Big Boss continually asks what the Boss was fighting for and if she was really a traitor. Later we find out that, 1) this information was classified and Big Boss didn’t want to share it, and 2) more importantly, Big Boss does not really know if he agrees with the Boss’ ideals. She dreamed of a unified world where soldiers would not have to lay down their lives the way she did. To abolish the “scene” that is the central theme of MGS3. During Peace Walker though, we see that Big Boss’ dream of an ideal world deviates from the Boss’ idea. He finally comes to terms with his distancing of ideas in the end scene where he releases the Boss’ bandana that he’s worn throughout the game.

      So MSF seems pointless because it hasn’t yet found its purpose until the very end. It changes from a way in which Big Boss can sustain himself while trying to figure out his own purpose. As the group becomes more powerful and large his ideas start to change. The ‘freedom’ that is always spoken about comes from Big Boss believing that the true freedom the Boss was seeking comes not from a unification of powers, but rather loyalty to oneself as opposed to loyalty to nations and ideology. This is clearly the beginning of his “world for soldiers” wherein every soldier is free to fight for himself like we see in Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2. Peace Walker is the narrative of how Naked Snake, the disciple of the Boss, becomes Big Boss, the leader of Outer Heaven.

      At least that’s my two cents. Hope this helps some.

      • solidmatt

        OK, interesting reading. Still, if Big Boss concludes in the end that loyalty to oneself is the greatest good, a mercenary organization is a terrible approach to this considering the whole idea of a mercenary is to fight the wars of others.

        Also, I find the whole “world for soldiers” idea really goofy and idiotic. What would that be concretely? A world where soldiers are free to fight whomever, wherever, and whenever they want? That sounds like a nightmare. How could anyone think that would be a good thing, even for the soldiers?

        I know that this is all leading to BB’s downfall. But for that downfall to have meaning it has to have a tragic element. In other words, we have to feel that there was something noble and good in his original intentions which gets lost somehow through unfortunate circumstances. If MSF and a “world for soldiers” represent his original intentions, then the whole thing was bat shit crazy from the start and thus not very tragic when it falls apart.

        • Nyxus

          At the end of Peace Walker, Big Boss basically declares war against Zero and against ‘the times’ itself. He needs considerable military power (including nuclear) to be able to defend himself.

          What he wants is a place where soldiers are more than just tools of the governments, pawns in a game. Something The Boss embraced but Big Boss rejects. Here, he chooses to be the ally of those in need, such as the guerrillas in Peace Walker.

          A world for and by soldiers is basically the idea behind Outer Heaven. As I said, he wants to give soldiers a place, and Big Boss himself doesn’t know a life without fighting. In Peace Walker he says: “I was made to fight, I am a gun.” and he also says he doesn’t even know what peace feels like, and that he simply isn’t interested in it. But he is done fighting for a country or government that isn’t of his own choosing.

          • solidmatt

            OK, but that just paints him as a rogue killer, a killing machine. What’s noble about that? How could his downfall be tragic?

          • Nyxus

            It could be tragic because he used to be different, but things that happened to him throughout his life changed him for the worse. But I still don’t think he’s pure evil. There are multiple people that see him as a hero, as the one person who was there to help them when everyone else abandoned them. The Sandanistas in Peace Walker, Naomi, Gray Fox… they see him as their leader and benefactor.

        • Rogue Agent

          Well, it was answered in the game itself, depending on how you interpret.

          When the CIA mercenaries invaded Costa Rica, who intervened? No one. When
          the Sandinistas were getting owned, who intervened? No one. MSF got involed because for these people, it serves as their only deterrent and it was a salvation for them. Some of these soldiers were abandoned, betrayed by or even disillusioned by their government and MSF was a home to them. They’re mercenaries so obviously they get paid and can live.

          MSF serves as a deterrent for those who have no protection and their original intent was to be nomads – wandering from one conflict to the next. However, this ‘heroic’ intention changes when they settle down and become the 7th nuclear power and unintentionally become really massive. Now Big Boss seeks a world where wars would always be fought. If there are no wars then there would be no place for them. That’s insane but that’s how it has become, their original intention has been dirtied.

    • flying_fox

      To answer your question, yes, MSF and BB’s motivations made sense to me.

      Mr. Tibbs said it all: “MSF seems pointless because it hasn’t yet found its purpose until the very end”.

  • Jonny2x4

    The page you linked is not about the PW novel, it’s about the Hachiman (Japanese god of war). This is the PW novel.
    http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/product/321312000240/
    .

    • Nyxus

      Thanks, I changed it. So the price I wrote down is incorrect as well, then?