Five-year search to remove all nuclear weapons from Metal Gear Solid V

in great shape / All the snakes are saying “give peace a chance.”

Almost five years have passed since Konami started Metal Gear Solid VThe nuclear-disarmament metagame, whacking the game’s community with the removal of every single nuclear weapon created by players on the game’s servers. This week, players on the PS3 version MGSV He seems to have been congratulated for reaching a long-sought goal, unlocking a cut scene that the character Master Miller says he “thought … would never come.”

Now, the excited players behind disarmament are waiting to see if Konami will officially acknowledge his achievement and perhaps unlock some long-lasting new content for the five-year-old game.

Long push for peace

organised MGSV Nuclear-disarmament efforts have been going on for years and starting, first now through the defunct Metal Gear Philanthropy subreddit and more recently in the MetalGearEnt nuclear subreddit. There, players will join together to raid the forward operating base of nuclear-armed opponents MGSVThere is an online server to steal and then deactivate those weapons to reduce the worldwide total count.

But disarmament has led to sporadic interest, and the effort has faced continued opposition from self-interested players who encourage the creation of nuclear weapons as a protection and deterrent to the sport. Both Of Konami Official counts (Which the company stopped publicly updating years ago) and informal counts via the Github server scraper that historical disarmament progress has been stalled for a long time or is actively lagging over time , It relies on platforms and servers (PS4 and Steam versions) as of this writing away from complete disarmament).

For a brief moment, it was impossible to watch such a scene on the PlayStation 3.

For a brief moment, it was impossible to watch such a scene on the PlayStation 3.

“I think most people just gave up and it was sucked up after so long with fun,” player and Indie VR game dev Stefarp told Ars on Discord. “I think the whole thing is a big missed opportunity, people were actually into this nuclear ‘minigame’ in 2015, but Konami’s interest in it diminished over time and eventually was very reluctant to talk about it. . “

Getting together band

The latest sprint to complete disarmament on the PS3 began back in March, when Reddit user TheHungHorse used coronovirus quarantine as an excuse to launch a serious push between dedicated players to a dedicated server. “At first, nothing was done because we didn’t just have the numbers. But gradually, our numbers rose to 60, 70 … It was heartbreaking for everyone to come together for this goal. Me and indeed Some other members in. A PS3 copy [of Metal Gear Solid V] Just to help. “

Eventually, 20 or so hardcore dissidents started a group direct-message series to coordinate their efforts and schedules. “We all disarmed at the same time during this last month, so we people wouldn’t have to worry about the numbers they used to have.”

“This time it was like a ‘right, let’s just do this job’ mentality, probably because the game is nearing its fifth anniversary,” Stefferp told Aers. “Teaming up brings that fun back, I guess.”

Thanks to the coordination of the group, initial progress was quick, according to Gitube Scraper, with the PS3 dropping from 800 on July 10 to below 100 within a week. At that point, however, the group walked in that TheHungHorse suspects hackers were determined to keep the atomic count high.

“Sometimes we immediately take it down to number 40 to go back to 40 to 60,” he said. “So all it took was a lot of patience and trial and error. Given that we don’t have access to the equipment used against us, it’s really a miracle that we zeroed it out.”

The open scene was cut after the PS3 disarmament, as posted by Stefarp. Finally note the username greetings list.

Hackers aside, normal players also caused headaches for the disarmed. “I was surprised at how active the PS3 player base is still,” said Stepharp. “We thought it would be easy to make a mistake but people would retaliate all the time [striking back against the player who had stolen their nuclear weapon]. It is an old console, but it is still in use by quite a few people. I think it’s great … 2006 hardware but still not irrelevant. “

The disarmament group apparently encountered a set of “invincible nukes” due to an error in the game’s server code. These weapons appear on the server as owned by players who do not have a forward operating base – a logical impossibility that prevents others from stealing and disarming phantom weapons.

“My personal theory is that those people had a humming, and then reset your data, which resets your FOB to zero,” tells Stepharp Ars (this, Stephrup suspects, that’s why GitHub nuke counters Still a full “drop is not shown”) zero “moment).

Waiting for confirmation

Phantom nukes or not, the disarmament group was surprised to see their efforts rewarded this week, with the activation of a cut scene announcing complete disarmament. “We knew we got close to the day when it happened, but we didn’t think we would actually do it,” TheHungHorse said.

For his part, Konami has not quite confirmed the community’s victory yet. “A nuclear elimination event has occurred in the PS3 version MGSV: TPP Since July 28, Japan time, but we are currently investigating the matter, “the official Japanese Metal Gear account Tweeted earlier this morning.

Investigations can be done before players can be persuaded too much. This is because previous activities of the “complete disarmament” cut scene were later considered false alarms – once for PC players in early 2018 and Again for PS4 players in late 2018.

“We can confirm that after false PC disarmament in 2018 Conmi said the incident had begun, while the nuke count had not reached zero.” We apologize for the inconvenience caused and reassurance. Along with this matter, necessary action will be taken to avoid this in future. “

Is the key to peace?

Konmi’s confirmation may be more important than a simple pat on the back. This is because many players are convinced that game-disarmament is an inciting incident, which will lead to unlocking new content in the game.

The proof of this theory is circumstantial but difficult to ignore. For example, back in 2016, Konami community manager Robert Peeler he said He “would rather not, if anything, happen to nuclear disarmament.” Peeler, who no longer works for Konami, Recently tweeted She “[n]OT is sure that / if Konami will celebrate, but if legal, that’s great. Coming on that 5th anniversary! “

although MGSV There are only two chapters, the data miners also got a title card for “Chapter 3: Peace” hidden in the game’s files. Some have said that for a series of three cryptic, three-themed tweets metal Gear Solid Producer Hideo Kojima back in 2016. While no actual “Chapter 3” content has been found hidden on the game disc, some suspects may use a confirmed disarmament as a trigger to patch Konami content.

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A title card mined from data MGSV A chapter that some believe may be open after disarmament introduced code.

Such an interrupted, drawn-out way to unlock the DLC would not be out of character metal Gear Solid Producer Hideo Kojima, known for somewhat bizarre gameplay experiments. “I think there’s definitely something to disarmament, otherwise Konami wouldn’t have to ‘investigate’ every time it triggered it,” Stefferp said.

TheHungHorse, for its part, thinks the actual trigger may contain disarming and then be disarmed for the length of the eight-minute cut scene running the server. Then, TheHungHorse suspects, “There may be a secret cut scene playing instead of Ocelot, which tells you that ‘Weld is someone’s nukes again.’

“For me personally, I just want answers to these questions. I want an age-related debate MGSVCut the material to end once and for all, “TheHungHorse continued.” For now, our next goal is to bring Zero back to zero again, but to test some things for a long time… For now though, we are all taking a break. we deserve it.

He said, “Where we left since Peace Day, there have been other fans. “” Glad to see the game becoming relevant again. “

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