Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain from Konami announced last week about a new event where players have to disarm a secret nuclear weapons. This was initially discovered by players via data mining the files on the PC version of the game.
The game allows players to build a Forward Operating Base (FOB) online, as they can also build defences to protect it and one of the most powerful defences is nuclear weapon that acts as deterrence to the attacking player as he/she risks a nuclear retaliation.
Konami has detailed the conditions needed to reveal the secret nuclear disarmament event in game:
- You must have completed Mission 31.
- You must not own or be currently developing a nuclear weapon. If you have any nukes in stock, you must dismantle them.
- Certain conditions related to nuclear proliferation must be met on the regional server for your corresponding gaming platform (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC).
- All nuclear weapons on the regional server corresponding to your console or platform must have been dismantled. In other words, the amount of nukes on your platform's server must be equal to 0.
- If all four conditions are met, you will automatically trigger the secret nuclear disarmament event when you return to Mother Base or after you complete a main mission. Should new nukes be developed after conditions 3 and 4 have been fulfilled, this event can be repeated by fulfilling all four conditions again.
Players will be able to unlock a secret cinematic scene in respective platforms. Konami said, "All nuclear weapons on the regional server corresponding to your console or platform must have been dismantled. In other words, the amount of nukes on your platform's server must be equal to 0."
Nuclear weapons owned per platform in each region's servers as of 1 November:
- PlayStation 4: 2,761
- PlayStation 3: 1,685
- Xbox One: 525
- Xbox 360: 1,011
- PC (Steam): 36,552
Nuclear weapons owned per platform in each region's servers as of 29 November (via Twitter):
- PlayStation 4: 188
- PlayStation 3: 140
- Xbox One: 52
- Xbox 360: 35
- Steam: 11,473
Konami has been aware that many of their players have moved to other new games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4 and in a move to woo them back dropped this new content, Forbes reported.
It must be noted that it is difficult to disarm all the in-game nukes, though the number of such nukes that were in 1 November have been greatly reduced. It also serves as reflection in real world situation where the world might be able to disarm nukes in one or two counties (recently in Iran) but might not able to realistically have an effective global disarmament policy.