An investigation into Metal Gear Solid 5’s nuclear disarmament mission, which has seen players attempting to rid the game of nuclear weapons for more than half a decade, has claimed completing it is “impossible”.
In a video by Did you know gamingit is claimed that the target, which publisher Konami distracted unlocked something special has been impossible for years. Although the reward, a hidden cutscene, has been dated, it has never been viewed legitimately, despite years of fan campaigns to complete the game’s final quest.
The group would later reveal that it used hacks to reduce the number to zero, finding that because nuclear weapons linked to banned accounts cannot be disarmed, the search was impossible, something Konami has not solved in 7 years. since release.
The Anti-Nuke Gang, led by a player known as “The Hung Horse”, started at the beginning of the pandemic with the quest to reduce the number of nuclear weapons on PS3 to zero, but soon discovered that this was done in the traditional way. was virtually impossible regardless of the bugs present in the game.
First off, the game has been out for 7 years and sold very well on PS3, meaning the nuclear weapons count, while lower than on other platforms, was still significant. Another problem was that players on PS3 could easily cheat by adding 16 nuclear weapons to their account (something that should take weeks) in a matter of minutes, which made deprecation extremely difficult.
The Hung Horse stated that despite the group’s best efforts, there were a small number of nuclear weapons that were impossible to disarm.
“We encountered what can only be defined as an invincible array of non-base nuclear weapons. If you are familiar with the MGSV Forward Operating Base system, a nuclear bomb is always placed on a FOB after a player makes it. But there were about 40 of these invincible nuclear weapons that didn’t have FOBs they belonged to. They just existed without FOB. We call them ‘Phantom Nukes’.”
This meant that the group had to turn to illegal means of disarmament. A hacker named Stefferp joined the group and developed code that would enable the mass disarmament of nuclear weapons without even having to play the game. The bot searched every player in the game’s base and identified which had active nuclear weapons. “The Nuke Hunter Deluxe,” as the team called it, was the key to bringing the number down to 0.
However, after an investigation by Konami, the method was deemed illegal and Stefferp was banned from the game. Despite the group’s attempt to contact Konami to explain the problem with the mission and ask for it to be resolved, the publisher has not responded.
The genesis of players seeking to achieve this seemingly impossible goal is that shortly after the game was released, a title card for a hidden third chapter was found in the game.
Currently, Metal Gear Solid 5 is split into two chapters, Chapter 1: Revenge and Chapter 2: Race. However, a title card for a third chapter, Chapter 3: Peace, was discovered in the game files, leading players to believe there was a way to unlock it.
The chapter’s title, “Peace”, also suggested to players that total nuclear disarmament was the only way to unlock the mysterious chapter. This was even suggested by the official Konami Twitter account that tweeted in 2015, “Truth can be found for peace”.
However, many have argued that due to the hit and miss nature of the relationship between Konami and the series creator Hideo Kojima by the end of development, it’s possible that despite plans for more content after the nuclear abolition, it was never completed, and so Konami could never allow the number of nuclear weapons to go zero, because the promised reward doesn’t actually exist.
Hideo Kojima tweeted about the 2022 nuclear disarmament program, saying, “This was a social experiment.”