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Metal Gear Online will add Quiet, new maps, a new mode and more in March (update)

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Metal Gear Online, the competitive online multiplayer mode for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, is getting a big dose of downloadable content next month, including the addition of a playable Quiet.

Quiet is coming as part of a batch of paid DLC for the Metal Gear Online, which also includes three maps — Azure Mountain, Rust Palace and Cradle of Spirits — and a set of new emotes called "appeal actions." According to Konami, Quiet is a scout class character in Metal Gear Online and will come with her butterfly sniper rifle and the ability to cloak herself in combat. She's "super powerful," according to Robert Peeler, online community manager for Metal Gear.

Konami hasn't announced pricing for the March downloadable content.

In addition to paid DLC, Konami will also release new options, tweaks and balance changes to Metal Gear Online in March. New background music from series like Boktai and Zone of the Enders are coming to the game, as are adjustments to rocket launchers and a combat knife that can be used as a secondary weapon.

Konami is also introducing a new ranking system that appears to be based on player skill. A new Survival Mode, inspired by a similar feature from Metal Gear Online for PlayStation 3, is also coming. Peeler also teased a new gameplay mode will be added to Metal Gear Online sometime in March.

Update: Konami announced pricing for Metal Gear Online's March add-ons, which are collectively known as the "Cloaked in Silence" DLC campaign, in a press release dated Feb. 9. "Cloaked in Silence," which includes the three maps and the character Quiet, will cost $3.99. Konami will also put out four packs of appeal actions, each one of which will go for $1.99.

Konami also said Feb. 9 that it will release a patch for Metal Gear Online alongside the paid DLC that adds a new competitive mission to the game called "Sabotage." Here are the details:

Attackers must destroy or fulton the enemy Missile before the round expires. To access the Missile, attackers must first hack into the Terminals to deactivate the Electromagnetic (EM) Barrier that is protecting it. Once the Terminals are hacked and the EM Barrier is deactivated, defenders can choose to reactivate the EM Barrier or protect the Missile.

Konami has yet to announced a concrete release date for the content beyond saying that it will arrive in March. The items will be released for all five platforms on which The Phantom Pain is available.

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