Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PC will be released earlier than originally announced. Konami has confirmed the PC version of the game will hit stores on September 1 at the same time as the console versions, as opposed to the originally planned mid-September release date. Those who preorder Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Steam will also get a free copy of Ground Zeroes.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain appears to be well on track, despite the troubles Konami has been facing, including a recent report that their employees are constantly monitored and treated like inmates. That said, Konami has stayed relatively quiet about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The gameplay demos that have so far been released really only scratch the surface of what the game can do. It shows either that Konami is confident about the game, or that they have so little confidence in the game that they only want to show us its most basic features.
Of course, bringing up the release date is a good sign. All Steam players of The Phantom Pain will also get some small DLC items for free. Along with a “Venom Snake” emblem and Mother Base Staff, they’ll also get a documentary on the game showing its production and some behind-the-scenes footage.
Sadly, it’s not all good news for the PC version. The core Phantom Pain game may be set for an early launch, but Metal Gear Online, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode, won’t see a PC release until January 2016. The console version has also been delayed until October 6.
“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,” said Tomotada Tashiro, President of Konami Digital Entertainment. “We feel confident that Steam users will be satisfied with the contents we will provide for the Steam version.”