1UP has chatted with the people behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and there are a few bullet points that are pretty juicy. [Andrew's note: I'm typing this while Sony continues to not say anything interesting in their press conference.]
The classic Kurosawa film Seven Samurai is the inspiration behind your newfound ability to recruit friends in the game. The unique character generated through multiplayer is determined by the IP address of the hotspot you connect to. The characters obviously feature unique attributes. Unsurprisingly, Snake will not be the best character to play as in the game. He's very recognizable, as he's gained quite a bit of infamy by this point in this story. The game is being developed by the same team as Metal Gear Acid, for better or worse.
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