Fans hoping to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s multiplayer will have to wait a few weeks after the game’s launch. Developer Konami announced today that Metal Gear Online, MGS V’s multiplayer mode, will be released on October 6th on consoles, and sometime in January 2016 on PC.
Why the multiplayer mode is coming after the release of the main game is unclear, but Konami suggested in a press release that Metal Gear Online was delayed on PC due to the release date of the PC version being moved forward, from September 15th to September 1st (the same day as consoles).
Metal Gear Solid V’s delay is similar to that of Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer, which in 2013 only became available to players two week after the core game’s release.
Konami also revealed today that players that pre-order on Steam will receive several free bonuses, including the game’s prologue, Ground Zeroes, additional in-game items and a behind-the-scenes documentary.
Konami plan to show off more of the game at Gamescom this week. The developer also recently detailed Metal Gear Online’s player customisation. In additional news, you can get the game for free with select Nvidia cards.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on Ps4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on September 1st.