Konami has issued a clarification about the recent news of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain being suggested for a release in late February.
The alleged release date was leaked last week through multiple retailers and marked the game for a release on February 24. Many believed this to be legitimate since Tuesday is when most games get released in North America.
Posting on NeoGAF, Konami’s ToraShiro said that the date was nothing more than a “placeholder”.
“When I woke up this morning I certainly didn’t want to come in and smash people’s dreams. That’s not why I’m here. But I’m also trying to fulfill my duty (heh) of being honest and as straightforward as possible with fans. “
“Wish they hadn’t posted a date (especially a wrong date), but here we are. If anything I hope people realize that they should be wary when a retailer posts an unverified date unless corroborated by a publisher.”
With that, the wait for the title continues, which now seems to have slid into fall of 2015.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was originally teased as a new project back in 2012 and since then has appeared in multiple public showcasing and E3 events. Its prequel, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, was released last year on consoles and recently arrived on PC as a pretty great port.