PC owners will now be able to experience Metal Gear Solid V alongside console gamers, though neither audience will be going online at launch.
The release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is just weeks away, as the closing chapter of the Big Boss saga arrives on Sept. 1 for consoles. What is presumably Hideo Kojima’s last title with Konami, The Phantom Pain serves as the larger second half of Metal Gear Solid V, following 2014’s MGSV: Ground Zeroes. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater featured much larger open-ended areas to explore, though the upcoming installment will be the first in the series to have an open-world setting.
The PC version of The Phantom Pain was originally scheduled to release two weeks after the console versions- Sept. 15. Earlier today, publisher Konami announced that the PC version has been officially moved up to Sept. 1, simultaneously releasing with the Sony and Microsoft versions. Those who pre-order a digital copy through Steam will also receive a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, along with the “Venom Snake” emblem and “Mother Base Staff” DLC items. The PC release will release with support for 4K displays, and additional graphical enhancements courtesy of NVidia:
“As with its prequel, the PC version of [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain] hosts a stunning 4k mode, which adds incredible visual acuity to the game’s huge open world environment. The game is also enhanced for those with NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, meaning the game’s incredible level of detail is further enhanced as the scarred terrain of global battlefields is brought to vivid life with realistic weather patterns and day turning to night during the course of the action.”
Though the console and PC versions will all release on the same date, Konami revealed that the online multiplayer component- Metal Gear Online– will not be available to anyone at launch; MGO is expected to go live in October, while PC users will have to wait until January 2016.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will release for PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360 and PS3 on 9/1. A new gameplay trailer is expected to debut this week during Gamescom 2015.