Metal Gear Solid V‘s multiplayer component–Metal Gear Online–featured a pretty terrifying mechanic that allowed you to stockpile nuclear weapons and potentially use them against other players in the event of an invasion. It was long believed that through cooperation and trust, players could each dismantle their own nuclear arsenal and receive a shared reward, but it now appears that could be literally impossible. The manner in which this was discovered, however, might be more interesting than the revelation itself.
Here’s how it was supposed to work. On a particular platform (the game did not support cross-play), if all players completed total nuclear disarmament, there would be a special event unlocked. It would be accessible to anyone who had finished the game’s final story mission and has not attempted to build more nuclear weapons. Initially found via dataminers, it included a lengthy cinematic that celebrated a new era for peace.
As featured (via VGC) on an episode of Did You Know Gaming?, it appears this dream is permanently dead. Though initially it appeared the task was accomplished by PS3 users back in 2020, Konami disputed this claim with a mention of “improper conduct” of some sort. That seemed like a way to wiggle out of actually allowing the event to take place, but Konami was right.
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