MGSV: The Phantom Pain for PC moved up, Metal Gear Online delayed

MGO on PC set for January 2016

With less than thirty days until Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s release, Konami has still been keeping things close to the vest. Which is amazing, considering that the recent extended gameplay demos and videos shown over the last two months have only scratched the surface of what players can expect with the game. It shows confidence. With the release steadily approaching, Konami has made another move to show its faith in the title.

The PC release for The Phantom Pain, which was set for the middle of September, will be moved up to the same day as consoles on September 1. Folks who pre-order the game on Steam will get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and all Steam players “will receive a collector’s video which reveals behind-the-scenes footage and a unique documentary, in addition to DLC in the form of a ‘Venom Snake’ emblem and Mother Base Staff.”

Unfortunately, there is some bad news for PC and console players alike. While the core game and all its online components (including base building and invasions) are set for launch, the ever-elusive Metal Gear Online, MGSV‘s competitive multiplayer mode, has been delayed till October 6 on consoles. While that sounds fairly reasonable, Metal Gear Online for PC is coming much later: January 2016.

With that said, the PC release seems to be in good shape. Over the last couple weeks, Konami has been conducting online surveys about what the PC audience would like to see, and the reception has been mostly positive.

“We initially did not think it would be possible to get such an epic game out onto PC in time for launch alongside its console counterparts, but all involved have worked diligently to meet the demands of our PC consumers,” commented Tomotada Tashiro, president of Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. “Now PC users will be able to explore the vibrant and beautifully-realised locations and set-pieces that elevate The Phantom Pain beyond all other action titles. We feel confident that Steam users will be satisfied with the contents we will provide for the Steam version.”

Given that the series has found its footing on PC with recent releases like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and MGSV: Ground Zeroes, releasing Kojima’s swan song without an extra wait was totally the right move. Given the scope of it, this is definitely a title PC players will jump on.

MGSV: The Phantom Pain PC Launch [Konami UK blog] 

Alessandro Fillari