Detailed patch notes inside.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain got a pretty damn extensive update recently. The centerpiece of this update was Metal Gear Online, but apparently that was not all. The full patch notes for the update reveal that it’s a very thorough update that is adding a good amount of content and changes to the game, which should keep you invested in it for a while to come, in spite of its terrible and shitty story.
The full patch notes follow:
New “Event FOB” missions added!
Until now, only the FOBs of rival players could be infiltrated, but following this update you will have access to special “Event FOBs” prepared by the game developers.
In “Event FOB” missions, there is no risk of retaliation (no defending player will invade your base later as revenge), so you can steal materials and abduct staff without fear of repercussions.
FOB insurance service begins!
Your FOBs are always at risk of coming under attack. Now, you can rest easy with FOB insurance (paid service). If you sign up for insurance, then during the insurance period you will be compensated for any materials and staff lost due to rival infiltrations.
New and improved missions for Combat Deployment (Online)! Rewards also get a huge boost!
Get ready for a broader, more varied range of missions available in Combat Deployment (Online). The rewards will diversify to match!
Some missions may reward you with extremely high-rank soldiers, and others may provide rare medicinal plants such as Haoma and Digitalis (Lutea).
Additionally, the time it takes your units complete their mission can be shortened using MB Coins.
New equipment added! A higher level of performance… Grade 7!
New weapons and items are on the way, to give you that added edge in missions. Additionally, where the highest possible grade of equipment was previously Grade 6 (★6), following the update you will have access to development projects of Grade 7 (★7)!
The following are just a few of the new weapons on offer.
This Grade 7 pump-action non-lethal shotgun sends enemies flying at close range, with enough power to knock an enemy out cold with a single hit.
Arming your FOB security guards with this will give greater punch to your FOB defenses.
A Grade 7 magazine-fed grenade launcher. Using a drum magazine gives this upgraded weapon a much higher ammo capacity.
This is an ideal choice for quick tactical decisions during a firefight; use it to suppress (or take out!) multiple enemies with quick blasts over a large area, or punish enemies hiding in cover.
A versatile launcher that can be used for assault, diversions, or FOB defenses.
AM MRS-71 RIFLE[★7]
Upgraded to Grade 7, this 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle provides greater power and accuracy than before.
An additional option slot provides extra customizability, so any user can adapt the weapon to a range of scenarios. Equipping your FOB security guards with this is a surefire way to send invaders back with their tail between their legs.
Night vision equipment can now be developed for your Security Team staff!
You will now be able to develop special NVGs for your security guards, to give them an advantage against night-time invaders and vision-restricting tactics such as smoke grenades. Don’t miss this opportunity to maximize the abilities of your Security Team.
If you avoid being spotted by enemies, and refrain from killing/extracting staff and damaging/extracting containers and equipment, you can now play all the way through an FOB infiltration without the rival player being notified.
Enjoy this added thrill to your FOB Missions!
FOB expansion time reduction now available!
Constructing new platforms for your FOBs takes a long time, but now you can use MB Coins (paid service) to purchase time reduction and speed things up!
The more platforms on your FOB, the more difficult it will be for a rival to infiltrate unseen.
Improvements to on-screen UI elements and point scoring!
Following the update, there will be certain improvements to the way data is displayed on menus such as the Controls and Results screens; for example, detailed breakdowns of espionage points earned or damage suffered due to your FOB being infiltrated. Look forward to a tighter, more refined FOB Mission experience.
GMP and materials limits are greatly increased online!
Following this update, the maximum amounts of GMP and materials you can possess will be much higher than before, as additional amounts can now be stored online by the server.
Improvements have also been made to other elements, including PF Rating, which indicates the strength of your Mother Base, and sort functions on the mission deployment prep screen.
Also, for auto-assigning staff to units, an option for prioritizing the Security Team has been added, to make FOB Missions even easier to enjoy. Various balance adjustments and bug fixes have been implemented as well.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is out now on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Ps3, PS4, and PC.