The internet lit up yesterday with the leaked/announced worldwide release date of September 1st for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. However, what wasn’t made clear until today is that this is only for the console releases on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC version, which promises improvements in resolution and framerate if your machine can handle it, will be arriving two weeks later on September 15th.
This seems to run counter to the proclamation that there would be a “worldwide release” on September 1st, but apparently the PC version needed a little extra time for polish. The game will be available through Steam, but there is no word on whether the recently announced Collector’s Edition will be available for PC users, though it will contain the DLC content for sure.
Most Metal Gear Solid fans will likely feel disappointed that they’ll have to wait to experience the latest game, but considering the series’ track record on PC, this is still a big improvement. Many of the previous games, such as MGS 2 and MGS 3, were console exclusives. Others made it to PC, but only after significant delays, including the most recent entry, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Getting a PC release at all is a big victory, and only being two weeks late isn’t too bad considering the circumstances.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will arrive on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 on September 1st, with the PC version hitting on September 15th.