Update: Konami has shared the following statement:
Gamespot posted an article following the review that the PVP (FOB) mode in MGSV TPP will be restricted behind a micro-transaction paywall and that is simply not true. The FOB mode will be fully accessible at launch and the micro-transaction layer to that specific feature in the game primarily acts as an accelerator. We’ll have more details at launch, but we did try and clear these rumours up when they started circulating during E3. We even addressed this in our official E3 2015 demo when it went live during that show.
Original Story: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review embargo has been lifted, and we are seeing some impressive scores from publications all over the internet.
However, not everything is as it seems.
According to Gamespot, Metal Gear Solid V’s Forward Operating Bases are locked behind a paywall, which users will have to unlock with real money. Meaning access to online MP mode is unlocked with MB Coins, that can be bought with real cash only.
That though may not be the case as Ken-Ichiro Imaizumi, Senior Producer Konami confirmed a while back:
You can make money by completing missions on single campaign mode. There are other ways to make money as well.
In any case, nothing is concrete considering the statement given by Konami PR:
unfortunately we don’t have any official details to share at the moment regarding the microtransaction model for F.O.B.. I should have more information for you next week though as those details are still be solidified.
There is no need to overreact yet.