Metal Gear Online patch coming in November, fixes balancing and matchmaking issues

Metal Gear Online was released on consoles earlier this month, and while many have been enjoying the game there are also some issues with balancing and matchmaking. Fortunately the developers at Konami Los Angeles have been listening to all the feedback and monitoring the overall statistics, and today they announced a whole list of changes that will be implemented via a patch releasing in November.

Hello everyone, thank you for your continued support of Metal Gear Online. We have information to share with you now re: some player concerns. Many players have voiced their frustration when disconnecting from a match before it starts or during progress. While this issue is sometimes common for online titles, we have made some adjustments and will continue to look for ways to reduce the frequency of a player disconnect. Players have noted that network lag from player to player can result in different actions being delayed on screen including CQC grabs occurring from long distances. We are considering some specific adjustments to CQC to counter this concern. It is likely however that some visual mismatch will still occur from time to time and we will continue to look into ways to improve for this.

We have seen some players run into an issue where when logging in, their character level will be reset to a lower level or even 0. Often this issue can be resolved by restarting the game. However we are looking into the cause and will update players when we know more.

Another issue regarding players who received an exaggerated amount of XP after a match has been addressed, however those who have already fallen victim to this are invited to contact Konami customer service, where we will address each issue case by case.

Players who party together, to play on the same team, have voiced concern that its very difficult to ensure this happens for every match. Some adjustments are being considered to this system, including ensuring that players who join a party are properly introduced to the created match without error. We are continuing to look into ways to adjust for the needs of players and ensure players are partied up together as intended.

Players sometimes find themselves joining a host with a poor network connection. Some adjustments are being considered to the hosting system, and we are continuing to look into ways to reduce the likelihood of this issue.


The official Metal Gear Solid V website provides a summary of the changes that will be made with the upcoming patch.


November Update Notice:

Please see below for the complete list of adjustments planned for the MGO update scheduled for November.



  • You will now be matched with players of similar level to your highest character level.
  • It is now less likely to join a host with poor network connection.


[Mission Adjustments]

  • The game will now end once all teammates are stunned or tranquilized in CLOAK AND DAGGER.


[Loadout/Equipment Adjustments]

  • The “E.LOCATOR” will now only available for the Scout class.
  • Machines guns and launchers will now only be available for the Enforcer class.
  • Shotguns will now only available for the Infiltrator class.

* As a result of these changes, custom loadouts will be initialized during the maintenance period following the update patch. 


[Character Ability Adjustments]

  • Overall movement speed will be increased.
  • Mobility has been re-balanced to allow faster traveling between objectives.
  • Infiltrators will have health and stamina decreased.
  • Enforcers will have health and stamina increased.
  • Scouts will have health increased.
  • Scouts will be able to mark targets more quickly while using binoculars.


[Weapon Adjustments]

  • Firing sway for Machine Guns will be reduced.
  • Weapon sway will be reduced overall when aiming in first-person view.
  • Damage inflicted by the Walker Gear’s Gatling gun will be reduced.
  • Walker Gears and Anti-Aircraft will now take more damage from certain weapons.
  • Weapon damage of certain weapons are being adjusted for better balance.
  • Damage value on the ISANDO RGL-220″ will be significantly reduced.
  • Reduced ammo count on “ISANDO RGL-220” .
  • Max carry for “E.LOCATOR,””STUN GRENADE,” and “SLEEP GRENADE” will be reduced.
  • The throwing arch of the Empty Magazine will be invisible to enemies.
  • The noise radius made by Empty Magazines when they land will be expanded.


[Item Adjustments]

  • Max carry amount of “C.BOX” will be increased.


[Stealth Camo(STEALTH CAMO.PP) adjustments while using the STEALTH CAMO+ Ability]

  • Stealth camo will be temporarily disabled when taking damage.
  • Battery life will be reduced, and battery will take longer to charge.
  • Marking time for cloaked players will be reduced.
  • Cloaked players detected with NVG will be marked in standard marking time.


[CQC Adjustments]

  • Range for CQC grabs will be narrowed.
  • Icon for CQC grabs will no longer be displayed.
  • Non-lethal damage done by CQC hits and grabs will be reduced.
  • 1-hit CQC knock-outs will become exclusive to Infiltrators with “CQC STEALTH+” Lv.2 or higher.


[Fulton Adjustments]

  • Fulton speed when using “FULTON+” Lv.2 or greater will be slowed.
  • When a player fultons an enemy, the fulton balloon and the enemy will be invincible to other teammates.


[Buddy System Adjustments]

  • Time required to establish a buddy link using the link action will be shortened.
  • Link action will succeed regardless of the direction your character is facing, as long as you are in range. 
  • The buddy gauge will now clear at the beginning of each round.


[Other Adjustments]

  • Search filters in “SELECT MATCH” will be now saved.
  • Countdown time on the Spawn screen has been extended from 10 seconds to 15 seconds.


Please note that the patch is still a work in progress, and some adjustments may differ in the final update. Details regarding the final changes will be announced once the patch is released.

Regarding issues not addressed above, we are constantly monitoring user feedback and will continue to make changes and adjustments moving forward. Thank you very much for your continued support of MGO.


Source: Metal Gear Online Twitter, Metal Gear Solid V Official Website

  • Meumels

    And i’m still waiting for it to be released on PC :'(

    • JoJo

      January is a long time to wait my friend. To be fair they may have an expansion or something available for MGO at that point.

    • kuaikukia

      Hopefully when it’s out, the issue balancing and major bug already been fixed 🙂

      • Aleezy

        Yeah that’s the only bright side of it… January is so far idk how the PC people can wait lol I would lose it.

  • Jean Michel Crapaud

    I’m gonna kill more f***in’ infiltrators hell yeah !

  • XIFF-5

    Finally! Major changes. But I can’t see how they have worked on MGO3 for 3 years or maybe more and they were ok with MGO3 currently? they created 3 classes to be different from each other in many things and in the reality they are almost the same with only infiltrator is op, and they just recently realized that they are almost the same even in major things like Health Weapon Stamina equipments etc…? It is like they have done nothing while these years, although they were testing it many times and giving a positive feed back and then later they found it was all missed up in balancing the game? Only if they were playing it blindly LOL

    • VenomSnake421

      That pic is too geeky.

  • SNKtheStampede

    Metal Gear Online… what is it?

    • Provokateur

      Metal Gear Online 3 is the third installment of Metal Gear Online available for free to people who purchased Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

      • SNKtheStampede

        oook, is that a counter-troll? I would say so by your nickname man 🙂

        • Provokateur

          Just trying to help 😉

          • SNKtheStampede

            If so I sincerely apologise. I was sarcastic on MGO beacuse I still never played it but I know well what it is, but sarcasm isn’t the easiest thing to convey or to understand on written words, my bad 😉

          • Provokateur

            Oh, silly me, I should have been more attentive while reading your post. There has been a great misunderstanding between us, what a nuisance! I beg your pardon.

  • Aleezy

    Honestly never realized what the empty magazine was for… That’s actually good. Definitley glad about the fultoned enemies not being able to die by teammates.

    • Schmojima

      still don’t get the empty mag…care to explain? What is that good for in a wild match?

      • Skicher

        It’s most useful on Cloak & Dagger. What the empty mag does is create a noise radius on the minimap. Similar to the one it’s shown when people run around or dives or uses other kind of throwables. So you can use it to lure enemies to traps or divert their attention somewhere else.

        • Schmojima

          Ah, ok! That actually makes sense, thank you!

      • Aleezy

        What Skicher said vvvv

  • Jav

    They are killing my character. I only chose this because I like his clothes. Oh! My e locator!

  • Jav

    With so many changes they could remove the walkers and make free the freaking colours.

    • Schmojima

      Yes, please! And some are really ridiculously priced…like 5000 gp for white, if I recall correctly

    • PrinceHeir

      Yes please. Why the fuck are colors costs more than the armor itself!?!?!

      Uncharted 3 MP colors are FREE and available in every piece(torso, legs, even shoes!)

      • SpermPellets


    • ObsessedGeorge

      The colours, l don’t mind them charching us with GP as long as they are at reasonable prices. For example not 10000GP for red!

      • Jav

        With my gp I’m not going to spend it in colours because gp is hard to get. I’m saving it for something good in the future. And the things I bought was using the 3000gp they gave us.

    • Templar648

      Looks like someone haven’t played the previous MGO.
      Personally, I like it. It separates the veterans. But what made it much easier to get GP are clan matches… the more matches you win in a row, the more GP you get.

      • Jav

        I have never play mgo before. So what?

        • Stonegolem55

          In MGO2 The colour red, or “Maroon” as it was called was always expensive, and as such only high level players mostly wore it, same with white, although white was even more expensive. Personally I think it’s nice that they’ve left that in for MGO3.

    • Solid Snakes Revenge

      Walkers are fun. Why remove them?

      • Jav

        Because they are too powerfull.

        • Solid Snakes Revenge

          They are easily destroyed and this patch says they will be weaker. I don’t have a problem blowing them up or killing the person controlling it. You just need to learn how to fight them.

  • PrinceHeir

    Wow glad they kept the shotgun for infiltrators. Probably the most OP weapon in the game. One hit close range, mid range one hit then switch to pistol instant kill 🙂

    I think it’s a nice balance where Stealth get’s remove when getting hit. But once you get hit, stealth kinda makes it useless now. Why remove Icons for CQC?! If you want to balance CQC, it should take at least two takedowns to instantly KO’d people, and only one for Infiltrator with Level 2 or three higher)

  • RagingWolf2124

    I haven’t played MGO yet, I have been busy with the Single Player as it is, completing everything for 100% if I can, but the class I choose was infiltrator, because I love Stealth, it is never in my interest to go full blown combat unless discovered. So when I do eventually play it I will enjoy it to the max.

  • SNKtheStampede

    Ok so… my day wasn’t that bad today. Until I sat on the sofa and watched the special blu-ray disk of MGSV… -_-… FUUUUCK!!!

  • ObsessedGeorge

    Hey comrades! How well do you think you know MGS? Take this quiz below and share your results! 🙂

    I got 32 out of 38 right, earning the “FOX” codename.
    “You are a true fan of MGS, having replayed the game multiple times.”
    Some of them l got wrong because the l rushed to answer, so be careful, there are some tricky ones in there. I’m your Deepthroat right now! 🙂

    • Venom_Sina

      Thanks for sharing it.I did it and like you,I got 32.but it gave me the title of “Big Boss”.What’s the difference between our scores?Maybe my errors are different than yours.

      “You are a true fan of the series and have played the game multiple times
      while read into the series lore. You obviously have played the original
      along with the GameCube remake. Hence you are worthy of the same title
      as the legend.”

      • ObsessedGeorge

        Nice! That remake refference though was dumb. 🙂 The story is the same. No real need to bring it up.

    • i got 34! a couple of dumb errors, i also got Big Boss codename. it was fun 😀

    • Aleezy

      30 🙁

    • moto hellogoto

      You got 26 out of 38 right!

      Rank: Fox

    • Elmatoor

      I got 37. Thanks for sharing the quiz it was fun.

  • War Games Via Live Bullets

    They REALLY need to fix the online. I see the potential. The games where everyone’s genuine and play the object are the the games that makes me say, “This is the online game I’ve always wanted.” However, the game isn’t as balance as it can be. And as you can see here:






    All these cheaters makes it impossible to enjoy the game.
    This was suppose to be my online game…
    Now, I’m having doubts, and awaiting Star Wars Battlefront to become my multiplayer.

    • I have noticed the lag switch a few times.

    • Solid Snakes Revenge

      I guess I should consider myself lucky I have yet to see cheating of any kind. The only thing that needs fixing is host migration. Other than that this online has been the best one I’ve played in a long time.

      • War Games Via Live Bullets

        But as you can see, as evident from the videos I presented, there are cheaters, and the game is prone to be being hacked. Not only that, but there are loopholes where people can gain XP and reach levels in one day that would otherwise take numerous days. That’s not fair to the people that plays the game legit. So, with that, I can confidently say, this online is one of the most broken online launches out there. Even if it didn’t happen to me, the fact that there is proof out there is enough for me to clearly see this game isn’t the best but broken.

  • Mr. Sir Shpee

    Haven’t played it since I own MGSV on PC but it seems like they’re really trying to balance it. Good to see.

  • Yo wtf why are they decreasing an infiltrators health and increasing everyone else’s when an enforcers weapons are much stronger than anyone’s.

    • Solid Snakes Revenge

      Probably because many are complaining about that class being too hard to see so I guess it balances things a little being able to kill them faster when you do see them.

      • BigBoss_S_Rank

        Well right now it seems they’re going overkill on the infiltrator since not only will the health be decreased but also the stamina (shorter sprint i guess?) but in addition to that the infiltrator’s main thing, wich is the stealth camo, is also getting nerfed. Shorter battery life and longer recharges all around.

        I think it should have been only one of the two tweaks and not both of those. But we’ll see how this plays out.

  • Frank Jaeger

    Infiltrators will have health and stamina decreased.
    Enforcers will have health and stamina increased.
    Scouts will have health increased.
    either buff enforcers and scouts OR nerf infiltrators, NOT BOTH!! YOU ARE NERFING INF INTO OBLIVION!! GODDAMNED RETARDS!!

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  • Adeel

    can anyone plz tell me from where I can download patch 1.06 plzzzzzz

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