“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” will reach the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 1, according to an accidental video leak on gaming site IGN. The video has since been removed.
Japan-based Konami, the game’s publisher, had partnered with IGN in preparation for a major announcement on Wednesday, but someone inadvertently posted the video too early, a mistake discovered by NeoGAF member Nibel.
The closing of the video displayed the game’s title, above the words “World Wide Release, September 1, 2015.”
“Snake will be more of a silent protagonist, similar to Mad Max in ‘Mad Max 2,’” game director and producer Hideo Kojima, 51, said during the leaked video. “It’s the characters around him who will expand the story.”
Kojima also confirmed that “Metal Gear Solid V” will be his last game.
“I'm finally closing the loop on that saga," Kojima added. "In that sense, this will be the final ‘Metal Gear Solid.’ Even if the ‘Metal Gear’ franchise continues, to me, this is the last ‘Metal Gear.’"
“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” was co-written by Kojima. This will be the latest entry in the series since “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes,” which launched in March of 2014. The franchise is nearly 28 years-old, with the first series installment reaching the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 in North America.