There is a lot of speculation as to what Mission 51 of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain included. While we may never know, one thing that has been revealed is the fact that it may have never have been planned to be part of the game anyway.
In an interview with Manabu Makime & Hotori Nojima the writers of the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain novelisation, they revealed that the mission, known as “Lord of the Flies” does not add anything to the story:
“The very fact that V exists is a tremendous success. It’s “mission complete.” As for “Kingdom of the Flies,” I think it’s become an easy target for players who haven’t reconciled their mixed emotions about the way the main story ends. It’s like a punching bag for dealing with that stress. I guess people don’t want to accept that MGS is over. That’s my take on the various opinions that have been expressed about the way the “Kingdom of the Flies” arc was left up in the air. Personally I think the game was fine without that chapter”
They also hinted that it is possible that a DLC may be released which would include it:
“If “Kingdom of the Flies” had been in there, it would have been a pretty long segment by itself, and if you look at V’s story as a whole, adding in “Kingdom of the Flies” as well would disrupt its balance. Unless it was spun off as a separate story entirely, it would ruin the structure of V’s narrative. My personal guess is that really, they wanted to release it later as DLC, or something like that”
Whether this is the real reason for the removal of the chapter or not, here is Hideo Kojima’s view on the interview:
Good speculation of MGSV TPP by 2 Japanese best-seller Novelists. https://t.co/0UuSlTgV0Z
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) November 20, 2015
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