It appears that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was cut down prior to release with an entire third chapter originally planned for the title.
Users on the Facepunch forums discovered files in the code for the PC version (including the featured image above) which suggest a large portion of content was removed. While users haven’t been able to determine just how much was removed from the finished game, it appears that The Boss was supposed to make an appearance.
The fact that content was removed makes sense on two fronts. First is the overall change from previous Metal Gear Solid titles with the lack of cutscenes, story development and the abrupt ending. Second is Konami and Hideo Kojima’s schism with the former doing its darnedest to remove the latter from any and all promotion materials. It stands to reason that the publisher wanted to get the title out on shelves as soon as possible regardless of the cuts required.
With MGS:V receiving such critical acclaim the cuts haven’t had too much of an impact, but I guess we’ll never know what we missed out on.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
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