Amazon UK has posted up a listing for the as-yet unannounced Metal Gear Solid V: Definitive Ex, suggesting Konami could be looking to combine both Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain into one package.
The listing has since been removed (via Reddit), although aside from carrying a placeholder release date of December 31, 2016, it didn’t reveal any other details on the new SKU.
While a bundle of Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain seems logical, it may be that Konami is instead re-releasing the latter with all existing Metal Gear Online content thrown in for good measure.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released in September 2015 to critical and commercial success, having shipped six million copies as of December last year. The game also marked the final entry in the stealth-action franchise from creator Hideo Kojima, who departed Konami shortly after development wrapped.
The game was preceded by Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which takes place nine years prior to the events of The Phantom Pain as Snake infiltrates an enemy base camp to extract two hostages. It also introduced Kiefer Sutherland in the iconic role, taking over duties from David Hayter, who had voiced Solid Snake and Big Boss since 1998’s Metal Gear Solid.
Kojima-san has since gone on to launch his own independent branch of Kojima Productions, and is working on the studio’s first project, the PlayStation 4-exclusive Death Stranding, starring Norman Reedus.
Despite Kojima-san’s departure, Konami has suggested that Metal Gear Solid 6 could happen, though noted it will require a significant investment.