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Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Update

Details on the hardware bundle along with the latest gameplay update.

 
Expect to get a first look at the special PSP unit later this week.

Metal Gear fans eagerly anticipating Peace Walker's March release may want to hold off on buying that PSP. Revealed in this week's Famitsu, Konami and Sony are teaming up for a special bundle that combines Peace Walker with a specially designed PSP unit.

The Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Premium Pack includes a copy of Peace Walker, a PSP-3000 unit, and accessories including a strap, a case, and a cloth. The PSP-3000 unit and cloth have special camouflage coloring. The case has a green color. All this comes in a special yellow package, making this a definite collectors item.

The Premium Pack will sell for ¥26,980. Peace Walker will be priced at ¥5,229, with a barebones PSP-3000 going for ¥16,800. That seems like quite the markup for a special color and some accessories, so perhaps the Premium Pack will also include a high capacity Memory Stick.

Konami is also planning a "Konami Style Special Limited Edition" version of the game for sale exclusively through the Konami Style site. Priced at ¥36,980, this will include all the items from the Premium Pack along with a booklet, a PSP stand and a dog tag.

Outside of the bundle information, Famitsu has a general preview detailing the multiplayer and growth aspects of the game, as well as some of the enemies Snake will encounter in single player mode.

Peace Walker places players in an expanding water-based fortress called Mother Base. At the base, you can gather information and develop new weapons, items and accessories. In addition to creating brand new weapons, you can also build up older ones by raising their rank.

You expand the base by recruiting enemy troops from the battle field. Actually, capture may be a more accurate term. When out on missions, you can attach special balloons to fallen foes. They'll then be transported away to your base, which grows to accommodate the new arrival.

You'll find many thousands of enemy troops who can be added to your base. The troops differ both in look and capabilities. Troops that you've added to your base will support Snake in various ways as the base's staff.

The multiplayer update offers details not on the previously revealed co-op mode, but on the game's six player combat mode. The game will feature a variety of rules, including a three on three team-based Team Death Match mode.

Screenshots show co-op mode's CO-OPS Ring and Heart Massage (which lets you revive fallen allies) features in place in this mode. Screens also suggest that you'll be able to bring out the balloons in this mode to capture your fellow players.

Outside of multiplayer mode, the magazine has a look at the unmanned AI weapons you'll encounter during the game's story mode missions. There are at least three types of such machines. They speak, shout, and sing using the game's Vocaloid sound system.

Here are the three types listed in Famitsu:

Cocoon
Tank type. Has multiple canons and giant arms.
Chrysalis
Helicopter type. Its three propellors give it great dexterity, but it also has great power.
Pupa
Hover type. It may look big and heavy, but it can speed through steep roads, giving it great mobility. It has four guns on its backside.

Finally, a hint of things to come in Peace Walker news. Towards the end of the year, Konami opened a mysterious "Piece Walker" site (note the spelling change for "Piece." According to Famitsu, the site will see its full opening shortly. "What is the meaning of Piece Walker!?" asks the Famitsu article. Looks like we'll get to find out soon!

(additional reporting by Ryan Winterhalter)

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