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According to a now-deleted post, an alleged Alpha build of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has surfaced on Reddit. The post showed off multiple different screenshots from the alleged Alpha. The build could lead to several discoveries about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain if it’s real and successfully decrypted, but for various reasons, that is unlikely ever to happen.
The Original Metal Gear Solid V?
According to the post, the user had an alleged copy of the Metal Gear Solid V Alpha sitting on the HDD of a dying PS3 test kit. The user cloned the HDD, sold the test kit, and is now looking for a way to retrieve the data from the encrypted hard drive. However, the hard drive is only accessible by using a test kit with the same serial number as the one the drive was original in, rendering the alleged beta all but inaccessible.
It’s worth taking everything mentioned in the original Reddit post with an enormous grain of salt, though. Both the post itself and the account of the user that posted it are now gone from Reddit, and there’s no known reason for why this has happened. It could be that the user was told to take it down for legal reasons, or it could be that the user was lying about the whole affair. However, the screenshots posted do lend credibility to what is said in the post.
Ryan Easby is a freelance writer for multiple sites. Having previously studied Journalism at Sunderland University, he made the decision to become a game journalist not long after graduating. Since then he’s written for Fanbyte, Fanatical, PCGamesN, TechRaptor, Fraghero, and more. Follow him on Twitter @EasbyGames