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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Isn’t Ready To be Given a Release Date, Imaizumi Says

Metal Gear Solid series has been in the market for a while, but with every new game it’s very difficult to get a release date out of creator, Hideo Kojima. He likes to tease fans till the last moment and is cryptic with his announcements.

Fans have been waiting to hear something regarding the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which is a continuation of Ground Zeroes.

One of the fans asked producer Kenichiro Imaizumi on twitter, if he should stay up late for this week’s installment of Kojima station. He was expecting something to be revealed regarding the launch of the Phantom Pain, but Imaizumi told him to “go to bed.”

“If you’re expecting release day, please go to bed. I would utilize multi language media when I make a big announcement.”

He further added that Kojima and his team are working very hard to make the game as good as possible, but it’s just not ready to be given a release date.

It seems that more time is required for the development of the title which was rumored to come out next month on February 24.

The above date was posted by Microsoft Store and some other online retailers, but later on a Konami spokesperson took to NeoGaf to deny this by saying:

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.

This entire thing means that we all will have to be patient until something solid is announced by Konami itself. Kojima is going to be at this year’s Taipei Game Show, and is bringing some Metal Gear Solid V news with him. Let’s see if we’ll finally hear a launch date or not.