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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in 2015, Kojima says

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Hideo Kojima said Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released sometime in 2015 during a presentation at this year's Tokyo Game Show.

Kojima showed off new gameplay during a special stage presentation for The Phantom Pain, one that largely focused on the sniper known as Quiet. In addition to a trailer that showed off Quiet's interaction with Big Boss and his Diamond Dogs — as well as her superhuman abilities to turn invisible and move undetected like a phantom — Kojima showed off new gameplay that focused on cooperative stealth.

Quiet acted as Big Boss' partner in the gameplay demo, parachuting in to help him sneak undetected through a jungle monitored by guards. Quiet, armed with her sniper rifle, invisibly creeped through the forest and trained her laser sight on enemy units while Big Boss sneaked around, taking out soldiers one-by-one. In one instance of her AI-assisted cooperation, she shot the metal helmet off an enemy soldier just before Big Boss fired a tranquilizer dart into his head.

It appears Quiet will also be able to aid Big Boss in combat, providing covering fire and taking out enemy soldiers from afar. For a replay of Kojima Productions' Tokyo Game Show presentation for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, watch the video capture below.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is bound for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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