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'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' release date for PS4 and Xbox One leaked

'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'
'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'
Photo courtesy of Konami Digital Entertainment, used with permission

The release date may have been leaked for the cross-generation software product, "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain." According to a report from Games Reviews on July 18, the sequel may be coming out earlier than expected. So far, Konami Digital Entertainment has not yet officially announced the launch window for the upcoming title.

A report from The Guardian originally stated that "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" is going to come out on March 17 in 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. However, the release date mentioned in the article has since been changed to "early 2015." It appears that an official announcement could be made soon as to when the video game will be launching.

The March 17 date seems legitimate based on a number of factors, one of which is that it is set on Tuesday. A lot of major gaming publishers choose that day of the week to launch new games in the North American region. In contrast, the same companies usually wait three days to release the same products in the European territories.

The date is also a year after the release of "Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes," which came out earlier this year on March 18. The prologue provided a limited taste at what the mainline game is going to be like although a lot of fans were not happy with the price tag, which was as high as $29.99 at launch. The main campaign was also very short and can be completed in less than two hours the first time through.

"Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" is going to be exponentially bigger than "Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes" based on play area. The new title also adds new features such as base building as well as the real-time lighting and weather effects. You can find a screen from the upcoming action-adventure video game near the top of this article (via the official Facebook page for Konami Digital Entertainment).