A special hardware bundle was already announced in the land of the rising sun, but US gamers will also have the pleasure of purchasing one of two cool new bundles when Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots launches on June 12th.
The first of the two bundles contains a 80GB black PS3 unit branded with some MGS4 ‘goodness’ according to the Playstation Blog. If you check out the picture below you can see snake in his famous pose on the side of the console. Instead of the usual boring black box, this unit will be packaged in a pretty white box. Keep it ouf of the sunlight if you want it to stay this way though! Inside the box you’ll also find a Dual Shock 3 controller and the actual game of course.
The second bundle is similar to the Japanese one which sold out extremely fast in the Konami store. We don’t have any box shots, but we do have a picture of the console itself. Pretty, isn’t it? The included Dual Shock 3 controller also comes in the same color. The rest of the contents are unknown at this time, but will be revealed in the near future, so stay tuned.
Finally, some people were wondering what’s up with the Metal Gear Solid “Starter Pack” that comes with every Metal Gear Solid 4 game. Why is it called starter pack?! Well don’t worry, it’s not some kind of teaser or limited demo, it’s just called this way because lots of extra downloadable content is planned for the future which will enhance the game. A beta for this has been planned and will start in a little over a week, and runs from April 21 until May 5.
The MGO “Starter Pack” that comes with MGS4 (all configurations, detailed above) is a full-fledged, fully-featured multiplayer component of MGS4. It is not a “demo” or “teaser” in any way, as some have speculated. It comes packed with maps, weapons/items, an in-depth character creator – where your character can be personalized, and most importantly, customized – with special abilities that can be “leveled” and improved through experience, the SOP system, and much more. There will also be an extremely deep community experience through a specialized portal that will feature stats, communication, and other never before seen features - which we’ll dig into at a later date…
Unfortunately none of the two hardware bundles have been confirmed for Europe, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Konami and Sony are nice enough to ship a few units across the pond.