ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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For many gamers out there, the arrival of Hideo Kojima's final Metal Gear Solid title is a more anticipated arrival than Bethesda's Fallout 4. I must admit that I, myself am more excited for the arrival of Phantom Pain than any other release date left in 2015. But the title has obviously undergone some difficulties in the past few months, mainly due to Konami's unusual handling of the dismantling of Kojima Productions.

We've seen that Hideo Kojima's name has been removed from all promotional material in North America and Europe, and it's an infuriating development for fans - people who've supported his status in the industry since the beginning. However, pre-order box art in Japan seems to still have the director's name on show and in other news, Famitsu made a bit of a blunder by accidentally leaking the Afghanistan map in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5

Metal Gear Solid 5 - Phantom Pain Afghanistan Map Accidentally Leaked

Bellow you can check out the leaked image of the Afghanistan map that comes with the Collector's Edition of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. From what we can tell, this section of the game is absolutely enormous. Just look at where the starting point is to get a sense of scale. But keep in mind, there are plenty of other places that Big Boss will be venturing to in Phantom Pain - this Metal Gear title is enormous.

With Afghanistan, Africa, the opening hospital sequence, Motherbase, your FOB, other people's FOBs and going back to camp omega for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes owners, Metal Gear Solid 5 will hopefully keep us wandering around its open areas for a seriously long amount of time. Just look at how beautiful this map looks - can't wait to pick up my [shamefully pre-ordered] Collector's Edition.

Metal Gear Solid 5, Afghanistan Map
Metal Gear Solid 5, Afghanistan Map

Metal Gear Solid 5 Promotional Material Has 'A Hideo Kojima Game' On Japanese, Phantom Pain Box Art

In a recent tweet by Ken-ichiro Imaizumi, some promotional material for Phantom Pain in a Japanese store was shared. As we all know, even Amazon has removed Kojima's name from Metal Gear Solid 5 in the West, however he can still be seen mentioned in these recently released boxes. Whether this means that Japan will keep the auteurs name on the actual physical copy of Phantom Pain remains to be seen. But it is nice to see him get the credit that he so rightfully deserves.

Hideo Kojima on Phantom Pain Box Art
Hideo Kojima on Phantom Pain Box Art

So what do you think Metal Gear fans? Are you excited about the size of the map in [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985)? Does the idea of Hideo Kojima's name being removed from all MGS5 material annoy you? Let us know where you stand in the comments below and hold strong for Phantom Pain's release date on September 1st for XBOX One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC!

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