Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is going to require you to buy into its online mode. Reports are coming out that the game’s FOB online multiplayer portion is stuck behind a paywall and gamers are going to have to pay for entry let alone continuous play.
So essentially, FOB is FUBAR.
To unlock the Forward Operative Base mode, a kind of Dark Souls inspired invasion multiplayer portion, you’ll be needing a certain number of MB coins to launch your base, yes paying to even start the multiplayer mode, and build attachments for a more powerful fortress. Of course, MB coins can be purchased with real world money, meaning those who cough up the dough will compete at a higher level and have more opportunity to play.
Those who don’t pay money will have to find a new way to earn MB coins, which Senior Producer at Konami Kin-ichiro Imaizumi claims can be unlocked in the game’s single player portion.
You can make money by completing missions on single campaign mode. There are other ways to make money as well. https://t.co/PAUP9mzOu4
— Ken-ichiro Imaizumi (@Ken1555) August 10, 2015
Imaizumi doesn’t specify how much can be unlocked or the rate at which you’ll be needing them to play the game. From the sound of those who have played it already, it seems like a tough slog to earn them, like most free-to-play experiences. Konami also replied to Gamespot with an official response, saying:
“…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.”
Oh Konami… We paid for the demo. We paid for the main game. And now we have to pay for the multiplayer too. I’m not throwing a tantrum at the moment because I never intended to play the multiplayer portion of the game, but hopefully my $59.99 will leave me at peace throughout Snake’s last mission, and my possible last outing with Konami ever.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will launch on Sept. 1 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.