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Collector's Edition Blu-Ray Shows Metal Gear Solid V's Apparently Cut "Episode 51"

by Joe Juba on Sep 02, 2015 at 09:05 AM

If you've finished Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain already, odds are that you have a couple questions about the resolution of a particular plot thread. It turns out that Kojima Productions has answers for you...but those answers didn't make it into the final version of the game.

Included in the Collector's Edition of the game (which also comes with a weird hand) is a Blu-Ray disc with behind-the-scenes features. One of those features is a look at "Episode 51," a mission that apparently takes place after all of the other events in the game. I won't go into details here since they involve late-game spoilers for The Phantom Pain, but if you're interested, you can watch the (spoiler-filled) video from YouTube user Inzaa to see the 18-minute sequence.

Considering that the feature includes voice work from characters like Big Boss and Miller, along with partly finished cutscenes, this content was likely initially intended to be part of the core Phantom Pain experience, but it obviously did not make the final cut. 

[Source: NeoGAF]

Our Take
This sequence resolves a major lingering plot thread that remained conspicuously unaddressed during the main game. On one hand, I'm angry that such important information didn't make it into the game considering how little story-based content is in The Phantom Pain in the first place. On the other hand, I'm glad that Kojima Productions found a way to release this somehow – even in non-playable form – to answer my questions about what happened after the final credits rolled.