Metal Gear Solid 5 is finally clear of nukes… on PS3

Metal Gear Solid has always been against nuclear weapons, but Metal Gear Solid 5 went a little bit further in that regard. Instead of it merely being laced into the story, the title integrated that theme into its multiplayer by letting players disarm other people’s nuclear weapons. But, given that nukes made your base better, convincing people to give them up was no easy task. Complete denuclearization proved impossible except on every platform except PS3, which is where players have finally dumped every warhead.

YouTube user Steff uploaded a video of the special cutscene that played upon achieving this goal on Sony’s previous console. In it, Miller celebrates the feat and hopes that future generations will choose not to “forge new spears.” After a few more scenes, it then displays some text about real nuclear weapons and how many there still are in the world, complete with a quote from former U.S. President Barack Obama.

This cutcene would be more special if it didn’t already erroneously play or leak out beforehand. The scene was uploaded in 2015 after players messed with the files in the game. And then the cutscene played prematurely in February 2018 on Steam despite there still being nukes out there. The same mistake then happened in December 2018 on other platforms as well. Oops.

Metal Gear Solid 5 is finally clear of nukes... on PS3

It may be easy to overlook but Metal Gear Solid 5 did come out on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in addition to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Being on last gen systems, it likely made efforts to collaborate and denuke much easier. Konami also used to track each platform’s nuclear weapons seemingly to make this goal more attainable, but stopped and took down that page as well (it just redirects to the main MGS5 site). But there’s even a whole subreddit devoted to the cause that picked up the slack.

Regardless, this is a task that didn’t ever seem likely to legitimately happen, given how it just takes a few people to keep that number from hitting zero. It’s a lot like real life in that regard. Hideo Kojima probably did this on purpose as he tweeted about how he tried to use the video game medium to get that anti-nuke message across.