When GameSpot reviewed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, they noticed that the competitive multiplayer mode, Forward Operating Base (F.O.B.), was locked behind a paywall, requiring you to spend in-game MB Coins to unlock it.
After the Konami PR team first said they wouldn’t have any details until launch next week, a spokesperson later confirmed:
[The F.O.B. mode will be] fully accessible at launch and the micro-transaction layer to that specific feature in the game primarily acts as an accelerator.
We can still expect to hear more details about the micro-transactions next week.
Earlier this month, Producer Kenichiro Imaizumi went on Twitter to discuss how you unlock MB Coins:
You can make money by completing missions on single campaign mode. There are other ways to make money as well. https://t.co/PAUP9mzOu4
— Ken-ichiro Imaizumi (@Ken1555) August 10, 2015
Back in June, Konami addressed the question of micro-transactions in the game by saying, “While it is true that a few micro-transaction options do exist, the entire game has been carefully balanced to be fair and enjoyable with or without using these options. There’s no pay-to-win option.”
As for the other online mode of The Phantom Pain, Metal Gear Online, it will be freely accessible when it launches on October 6.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.