Hideo Kojima shocked the world once more with the revelation at Leipzig that Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Online will be released as separate games., albeit with pieces of MGO showing up in MGS4. Thankfully, 1UP was joined by Kojima Productions Assistant Producer Ryan Payton for this weekend's episode of 1UP Yours, where he provided some insight into the thought process behind this decision.
Payton admitted that "from my gamer perspective, if all of the sudden publishers started breaking up the single player and the multiplayer, I think people are going to feel ripped off." This discussion also lead to some great news regarding the MGS4/MGO combo and reassurance from Ryan:
"We're running into an issue where we feel like Metal Gear can stand alone as two separate products, and honestly, you're not going to pay $120 to get both, we know that for sure. We have to tweak the pricing. That's why we couldn't announce a release date at TGS."