It was only last week when I passed by Hideo Kojima on my way into a dark E3 theater to see his introduction presentation to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Well, he wasn't giving the presentation, but it was his. As happy as I was to share that experience with everyone, I think I'm even happier that I get to now give that experience to everyone. Kojima Productions and Konami shared the full gameplay demo on a livestream yesterday and have no posted it online.
What's important is that this isn't just a gameplay trailer, it's a guided tour through part of the full game. In this way, and in many of these hands-off demos on the show floor at E3, attendees get a taste of the full game without the publisher getting angry that the game isn't played either optimally or correctly. It also means they get to show off more of the game in a shorter amount of time. It also means the demo probably won't look anything like how gamers actually end up playing the game.
Nevertheless, the gameplay is awesome and anyone watching it will probably be more excited than ever at the impending release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Should the embed code for the video be incorrect, jump to 50:00 in the two hour video and it should kick into the demo fairly quickly. The presentation is done in English, though there are Japanese commentators who chip in every now and then. Don't stress too much about it. Oh, and I'd recommend watching the extended E3 trailer prior to watching this presentation, as it was how the game was shown to us at E3 and I think it improves the experience.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain currently has no release date, though the game is obviously coming along quite well. That said, it's probably not going to make 2014, unfortunately.
Update: Video updated with a higher resolution, standalone version of the demo. Those interested in the original presentation can check out this link: linky.