Robert Peeler talks about Metal Gear Online – post-launch support, class system and more

Website DualShockers conducted an interview with Konami LA community manager Robert Peeler during Tokyo Game Show 2015. In the interview they talked about Metal Gear Online, how it was received during the show, the expected lifetime, and post-launch support.

Robert is very pleased with how MGO was received at TGS. There were many people coming in for both the stage presentations and to try out the game themselves.

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Naturally, we can expect the developers to keep supporting the game after launch. “We’re going to be checking to see what weapons they’re using, how often they use them, what areas of the maps they’re using them in, the network connectivity… everything that makes for a more enjoyable player experience, and then possibly adjust certain things in a way that would make that more balanced or more preferable to the play style of the community.” Robert explained. But that doesn’t mean the game will be released unfinished, as the team is doing everything it can to make sure MGO is a really fun, tight and focused experience.

Ever since it’s release MGSV: The Phantom Pain has been having issues with its servers, that simply cannot sustain the amount of people using them at the same time. However, this did help the team prepare for possible issues Metal Gear Online may cause. “We’re not going to promise issue-free situations, but we’re trying our best and we hope that everyone will enjoy the experience, and if they are having any issues we will definitely listen to the community and adjust what we can.”

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Another question the interviewer asked was wether the online experience is more focused around action or stealth. Robert answered that it mainly depends on what other players are doing, as you have to anticipate and react to that while playing. “That doesn’t mean you can’t go in sneaking all the time.” Robert added. “In fact, you can. We have a class known as the Infiltrator, who specializes in this tactic of sneaking and catching people unaware, and gathering information and otherwise killing the enemy that way.” But you’re not limited to just this class in order to play stealthily, and Robert mentioned the Cloak and Dagger mode as an example. “t’s a classic team sneak mode revamped for Metal Gear Solid V. It has the use of fultons, there’s the use of the optical camo for the opposing team, but allows also the infiltrator on either side to exact their skills in defending their base or attacking it.” In general, it’s up to the player and his team what tactic he wants to use.

While it is true that some tools and weapons work better against certain classes that others, but that doesn’t mean the game will be limiting. “Don’t just focus on what one class can do to another class, because, really, you could potentially do anything to any class from any angle on your side and their side.” Robert assured. This also means you always have to be prepared for anything, as you never know what strategies your opponents will use against you. “Just because you’re an infiltrator doesn’t mean that a scout or an enforcer will have an easier time taking you out. You got to prepare for anything.”

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What kind of lifetime does Konami expect for the online service? According to Robert, this really is up to the community. “We’re not going to pick any specific year or date, we’re just going to helpfully support them all their way through their experience, and hope that the enjoy it.” Furthermore, the team intends to make adjustments to the experience where necessary. “if there are any parts that they’re having trouble with, of course we’ll be listening to their feedback, so we can hopefully make this game as good as it can be for the entire time that they want to play it.”

Lastly, Robert was asked to sell the online component to singleplayer fans. While he understands some of those fans don’t want to play with other people, he had this to say: “The experience you get in Metal Gear Solid V, the enhanced gameplay that is now critically acclaimed all throughout the industry, is what we’re trying to showcase here in a multiplayer mode. And not only does it feel like the same game experience in terms of high quality and high fun factor, but it’s amplified so much more with lots of other players involved. It’s like an extra challenge for anyone who played the single player campaign, has completed it and is looking for something new.” He also feels FOB could have served as a sort of introduction to the online mode, and concluded with: “But now, this multiplayer environment is pure pvp, team v team multiplayer. It’s the true challenge for any hardened Metal Gear fan to see how well they can stack up against real human players and still survive in the Metal Gear Online universe, so we really hope you guys try it. It’s coming on October 6th, and we can’t wait to show it off to the world.”

You can check out the video on DualShockers.com.

Source: DualShockers

  • Önce Vatan

    game sucks

  • Raven_Sorrow

    Almost there brothers 🙂

    • Robin Besch

      prbly most people who didnt buy the day one edition werent interested in the game in the first place xD the hype was too insane on this one

    • Mini gear

      im missing my CE mgo codes ;-: that rex head…

  • Who’s going to participate? (Only US and Canada)

    https://twitter.com/Konami/status/647091732337680384

    • Gatsu

      No Finland 🙁 …

    • IM2PAC

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Plissken

      So there’s 4 things you have to do? Seems hard, but not impossible. Do you have to record these 4 ops and upload them to YouTube or something?

      • Yeah they retweeted some videos from people who did the challenges.

        • Plissken

          I may have to get in on this, especially for that Shinya wa art

    • 223hzy

      Have one already 🙂

    • AeroGre

      Im doing it, gotta find some creative ways to do it though.

    • glitchbomb

      Thanks for the heads up Nyx! Entering asap!

  • MK_Madness

    Can’t wait to use my sniper against other people.

  • Robin Besch

    off topic here:
    i was just thinking they should’ve cut both maps in half and give us two more locations one snow map and one that is 90% indoors for example. and in genreal i think the whole open world approach didnt really fit for metal gear revisiting every location until u puke and getting prisoners from every damn hidout that there is to find… my blood pressure is rising again lol this game is tearing me apart i hate it for so many reasons still i cant stop loving it …

    PS. my nuke is almost finished brothers steal what u can from my FOB while im away 😀

    • IM2PAC

      I’m sorry demo snake

      • Robin Besch

        what does that mean?

        • IM2PAC

          Demon snake. When you develop a nuke you get demon snake who has long horn and a blood that can’t be washed

          • Robin Besch

            oh now i get it… yeah that i kind of bothered me when i realised what i did to him…

    • mhh yeah that would have been cool, though i don’t really get why they made some missions use the same outpost again and again yet there’s a couple of big ones that are used just for a single mission… weird choice

      • Jak

        Yeah, some of the early places especially-it beggars belief after I’ve wrecked their anti air, communications, and stolen all their weapons and troops that they come back and just lightly reinforce it again.

  • Plissken

    It’ll be interesting to see how long the online life span is for this, considering how things are going with Konami. So I was thinking of a MGS V drinking game where you have to drink every time someone says a variation of “phantom” “pain” or “parasite” but I think you’d be done pretty quick.

    • he, there’s one that works for the whole saga, drink each time someone asks something in the vein of “..metal gear?” you know, the one sentence questions usually made by snake, and also drink every time someone say an acronym. though probably you’ll finish completely wasted lol

      • Mr.Pony

        Drink every time someone says “nuclear”

      • Jak

        You’d literally be dead by the end of a single conversation in any of the other games.

        Keep in mind Snake rarely offers up his own thoughts and usually just parrots the last thing said to him so it doesn’t seem like he’s being monologued at.

        • Plissken

          Haha, thinking about anytime Snake repeats something just said, asks a question or says “huh”
          “Shape memory alloy, huh?”
          That’d be 3 drinks, & you’d probably be dead before any actual game play.

    • JJBYACH

      Or wobachia or “changing male to female” or vocal cords parasite or skulls or copulating, or any classic Kojima idiosyncrasies.

      • Mr. Sir Shpee

        C O P U L A T I O N

        • IM2PAC

          R E P R O D U C T I O N

          • Venom_Sina

            REVENGE.

          • IM2PAC

            R A C E

        • IM2PAC

          B A N G I N G / J A C K I N G / F U C K I N G

  • Gatsu

    So finally went to get my TPP guide from post office today, could have done it days ago but was so damn lazy lol xD.

    It’s freaking huge o_O. I love the artwork and many other stuff +Kojima’s thoughts. Maybe reading this helps me get 100% ;D …

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    • glitchbomb

      Still haven’t cracked it open really. Art work I saw looms great though.

  • Joaquin Romero Victorica

    Skull face Ground zeroes : Dark mysterious character
    Skull Face The Phantom pain : Whoooooooo?

  • Prepare for some royal server downtime and laggy connection in the fst few weeks.
    For more info please check FOB mode in TPP 🙂

  • JJBYACH

    I don’t care what anyone says; I’m now convinced that Kiefer was the best choice for Venom, he is less distinct, more “generic” and thus more versatile for each possible avatar, and his silence, seemingly lack of predefined character and emphasis on facial expressions makes role playing quite fun and palatable – really fits into the “make your own crazy badass war story” motif at the heart of this games’ mythos.

    If there is a live action MGS movie I want Venom Snake to be played by Samuel L Jackson.

    • JJBYACH

      Here is a leaked clip from unannounced Avenger’s spin off prequel, known as Nick Fury: A Black Rambo.

      • ominonarepus

        This just comes to my mind xDD

      • IM2PAC

        What did he do?

      • IM2PAC

        CANT YOU JUST TELL ME WHAT HE FUCKING DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • JJBYACH

          WHAT DID WHAT DOOOOOOOOOOOO?! YOUR QUESTION HAD NO CONTEXT AND MADE NO SENSE!!!!

          • IM2PAC

            why was his thing deleted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • JJBYACH

            I think it’s because I posted pictures of my avatar looking like Samuel L Jackson in some cutscenes (non spoilery), and I guess the fact that you could do that in the game could give away a huge spoiler?

          • IM2PAC

            ” hmmm this is a tasty burger !”

    • hunner

      2nd to last pic – “Say what again. SAY WHAT again! And I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker! Say what one more time.”

  • Aleezy

    Everything looks good it’s just that stealth camo… I hope it doesn’t break the game.

  • ominonarepus

    Allo people!

    I have a question, don’t know if someone else have it or know what it is but, sometimes, a weird sound sounds, and it looks like you find something, to me this sound is like “you’re next to something”… I don’t know how to describe it… it’s like an 80’s sci-fi sound, just the way the running punch has it…

    Someone knows what is? What it means? I’ve heard it a lot of times.

    thx in advance! 😀 😀

    • Robin Besch

      Allo!

      im sry i dont have an answer for you but we’re exactly on the same page here. i was thinking it could have to do something with AI when guards are suspicious of something and go look for something but dont find it or maybe guard routine changes or whatever. i like your theory more though, did u investigate further? were there something to find nearby when u heard the sound?

      pls keep me postet im most curious about this phenomenon!

      • ominonarepus

        Well, Im going to Lufwa Valley approaching from south, and there’s an really small outpost in front of a fence, with only one guard.
        I knock him out, extract him and when I step in to the tent ton collect some materials, that noise appears, but there’s no one around… don’t know… as I said, is not the first time I heard it in very diferent situations, just roaming around, infiltrating, but pretty sure I never heard it while fighting…

        It freaks me out ‘cus, I don’t know if I’m missing something and by the “look” of it, it sound like a “noise clue” or something…I’m trying to put and example, but nothing comes to mi mind xDDD

        Is more or less like when you “find the target” but with a different sound, but anyway has that “close by” feel…

        Hope we figure it out!

        • Robin Besch

          “but anyway has that “close by” feel…”
          yes! thats spot on! oh man this one is a real brain teaser and to think that everytime i heard that sound i prbly missed something nice is killing me…
          time to go sleep now tommorow i will ask good ol’ google some questions surely we’re not the only ones that are completely in the dark here…

        • AeroGre

          Is it like some kind of ding sound? Cause I know what all the different kind of sounds means in this game but sometimes I get this weird ding sound that I have no clue about what it means.
          This is the one Im talking about, at around 27 seconds.

          • ominonarepus

            yes, is like a ding with an echo, it last only a few secs and it sounds like some old 80’s sci-fi.

            Btw, love all those sound effects that are in the game… from change weapon to collect items or level up/down something… little details that make it all feel unique.

            Actually, I capture the part where it sounds with the “share” option on my ps4…
            Someone knows some easy site to upload audio, so I can record the sound with the phone and upload it or something

          • AeroGre

            like the one in the video right? Its so fkin weird lol

          • ominonarepus

            what video?

          • AeroGre

            refresh the page, I added a video to my first reply

          • ominonarepus

            FKIN YES! What means that noise?!

          • AeroGre

            I wish I fkin knew lol, and sometimes that noise is kinda creepy when youre just sneaking around at night lol

          • ominonarepus

            A friend of mine has the guide… maybe it says something there… but don’t know when I’ll be able to see him :/

          • Lewis

            Well, in a guide it says, that this noise warns you about enemies nearby. I get this sound when there is an enemy near me, whom I didn’t notice before. Like when you hug a wall and look around the corner, and there is a guard in 10-15 meters – that’s when it plays, I think.

          • Steven Michael Brown

            Weird I haven’t heard that yet

    • AV

      It’s to let you know that there are enemies nearby, one of the in-game tips says something about an “ominous sound cue” to signal that, and this sound is what i think it means by that

      • ominonarepus

        I think that the tip refers to the music it sounds when you aproach to a post or larger post, and a dark tone music starts, at least thats “ominous” to me… but not that “ding” where asking about.

  • hunner

    Skull Face is the main villain of metal gear – http://i.imgur.com/sM7dxU5.png ignore the memes and read the top message

    • Robin Besch

      deep shit bro!

    • Plissken

      I wish this didn’t have to be explained to me, but I’m glad I understand that part of it now

      • hunner

        Same. Didn’t realize how much of an impact Skull Face had until i read this

  • Robin Besch

    OT Question:
    didnt they say that with the real time cutscenes he’ll always hold the weapons u have with you? but he always just has that damn assault rifle with no attachments or the standard handgun… did i got something wrong or did they play us like a damn fiddle?!

    • ominonarepus

      I argue just the same thing not long ago…

      To me, now, is just another “Kojimesque” thing… Like when Snake shoot Sniper Wolf without the suppresor, to make it more dramatic… at least, they don’t change the suit you’re wearing xDD

    • GrayFoxWasTaken

      No

  • Fainaru Aura

    So I was wondering will MGO 3 have a separate disc/download version for ps4/ps3 like the PC version or
    will it is only downloadable with MGSV?

    • Tong Ninja

      Not entirely sure, but I think MGO3 is only downloadable with MGSV for console version. So you need either the disc or the digital version of MGSV to get MGO3.

  • Darby Crash

    An off topic question:
    I read that final chapters of the game have been cut off the final release, do you think they will be added as a DLC in the future?
    Please answer without spoilers ’cause I didn’t finished the game yet.

    • JJBYACH

      No.

      • Darby Crash

        :'(
        So if konami regains his love for money I think they’ll release the second half of the game as a standalone. I mean, they have the cut material, I really hope to see the rest of the story and the rise of outer heaven. Not that I will pay for it of course, they can go to hell.

        • N-Shifter

          I thought they had 30% of one unfinished mission, where are people getting these figures from? They should one unfinished mission, that’s it as far as I can see.

          • Darby Crash

            Nevermind.
            I read a post on reddit that shows mission titles for a total of 5 chapters but it seems it’s a fake.
            I should finish the game before complaining about. 🙂

  • Brandon Retana

    Sounds like mgo3 wont run for more than 2 or 3 years as usual. What a shame. Best online game ive ever played too.

  • korruption

    Am I the only one gullible enough to hope that just maybe they’ll release the remaining 40% of the single player mode eventually?

    …Ok just checking. =(

  • Brandon Retana

    Anyone here played mgo1 or mgo2?

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