Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is finally out, after long years of waiting by millions of fans around the world. And it’s earning strong reviews and reactions, billed as a fitting swansong for creator Hideo Kojima, who isn’t likely to make another game in this series.
But not everyone is happy. It has recently emerged that there was a plan for an entirely different ending to the game, and as players are getting to the end of the official version they’re clamouring for it to be made. You can actually check out a version of this alternative cut on the Collector’s Edition of The Phantom Pain, where it has been assembled using concept art, voiceover and some unfinished cut scenes.
We can say that it’s a pretty spectacular finale - this isn’t just a few extra cutscenes but an entire extra mission with huge boss fights and some heavy emotional content around one of the bigger storylines in the game. And fans would like to see it put together in playable form as the official ending is less than satisfying.
They’re considering putting together a petition to send to Konami for the reinstated content as some kind of future DLC. Honestly that work is pretty unlikely, especially as Kojima has left Konami and the content has already been released in an unfinished form.
This extra mission partly ties into later MGS games which would definitely make it interesting for fans but it’s not yet known what the plan is for DLC for The Phantom Pain.