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MGS V: The Phantom Pain goes competitive with a new and improved Metal Gear Online

Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima took the stage during the opening hour of The Game Awards 2014 to share a worlds-first look at the online multiplayer mode in Kojima Productions’ upcoming Metal Gear Solid V.

Dubbed Metal Gear Online, it looks like a significant evolution of the online play that premiered with Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots based on the brief work-in-progress reel that Kojima shared. Squads of soldiers employ a mix of stealth and open combat tactics using all manner of over-the-top military toys, including an adorable puppy.

The trailer also features Snake riding on the back of a two-legged mech, a small taste of player customization, lots and lots of active camo, and a Snake/Revolver Ocelot selfie. We also get a subtitle from the official logo: Tactical Team Operations.

Metal Gear Online is included as part of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s possible that it’ll also see a standalone release, much like its predecessor mode did in MGS IV.