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'Phantom Pain' Prematurely Celebrates Nuclear Disarmament

Fans managed to unlock a hidden cutscene in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain over the weekend depicting global nuclear disarmament – or did they?

The cutscene (you can watch it in the above video courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun) is the reward for a semi-secret community challenge that tasks players with destroying all nukes in the game's multiplayer invasion mode. Metal Gear fans knew about the challenge for over two years and steadily worked towards total disarmament. Finally, the cutscene triggered in the Steam version of Phantom Pain on February 2nd at approximately 12:00 GMT. But, publisher Konami says the nuke counter didn't actually reach zero and it's now investigating what happened.

"We will share more information as soon as possible, but you can play the game normally and other platforms have not been affected," Konami added. "We would like to apologize for the inconvenience and reassure you that we will investigate the matter as well as take the necessary action to avoid this in the future."

So, what happened? Fans theorize Konami itself messed with the counter to wrap up Phantom Pain before the launch of Metal Gear Survive, or a helpful hacker triggered the cutscene. What do you think?

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