Help unlock Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’s secret nuclear disarmament event

By Brenna Hillier
30 November 2015 01:16 GMT

Metal Gear Solid 5 players are working together to try and unlock a secret scene. Arguable spoilers follow.


For a while now there’s been speculation about a secret Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain event. Data miners turned up a cinematic apparently unrelated to any known mission, but were not able to figure out how to trigger it.

While some wrote it off as cut content, Konami has now confirmed it’s a real thing. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to trigger. Here are the requirements:

  1. You must have completed Mission 31.
  2. You must not own or be currently developing a nuclear weapon. If you have any nukes in stock, you must dismantle them.
  3. Certain conditions related to nuclear proliferation must be met on the regional server for your corresponding gaming platform (PS4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC):
  4. 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 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,” Konami said.

“Should new nukes be developed after conditions 3 and 4 have been fulfilled, this event can be repeated by fulfilling all four conditions again.”

Konami has said that the third requirement has been met on all platforms, so now it’s just a matter of everyone dismantling their nukes. Players have rushed to oblige, and numbers have fallen dramatically – between November 1 and November 25, PS4 players went from owning 2,761 nukes to just 352, for example.

Konami has promised to provide nuke population figures regularly, and the latest update for western servers, issued eight hours prior to time of writing, had PS4 at 206, PlayStation 3 art 153, Xbox One at 40, Xbox 360 at 39 and Steam at 12,081. Almost there! … unless you’re on PC, where the sheer number of connected players is making things pretty difficult.

The only way to make this scene viewable is to get the number down to zero on your platform of choice – so get the word out to your friends to join the disarmament movement.

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