Brian Ashcraft for Kotaku:

One of Metal Gear Solid V’s most important plot points, Mission 51, ended up on the cutting room floor. Today, Konami said it does not plan to finish this mission.

The dodgy answers Konami gives as to why this mission isn’t included in the upcoming “definitive edition” of the game, saying the mission isn’t nearly as important to the ending as we think it is, are incredibly frustrating and disappointing for longtime fans of the series.

While I understand leaving excess content on the cutting room floor or leaving the ending somewhat ambiguous by design, I can’t wrap my head around leaving critical plot details that were deep into development and shown to players out of the finished product.

Despite what the company claims about Mission 51 not being the true ending of the game, if you’ve watched the footage or read into the mission, it’s obviously the opposite.