The Phantom Pain PC Release Date Moved Up, Preorders Come With Ground Zeroes

Plus, everyone who buys the game on Steam will receive some bonus content.


[UPDATE] Konami has also announced that Metal Gear Online, the multiplayer mode for The Phantom Pain, will not be available at launch. Get all the details here.

Konami had some big news to share today regarding the PC edition of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. First, the game's release date has been moved up, from September 15 to September 1, to match the console release date.

"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," Konami president Tomotada Tashiro said in a statement.

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The Japanese publisher also announced today that everyone who preorders The Phantom Pain on Steam will receive the 2014 prologue, Ground Zeroes, for free. On top of that, everyone who buys the PC edition--not just preorders it--will receive a behind-the-scenes collector's video and documentary. They'll also get a "Venom Snake" emblem and something called the Mother Base Staff DLC.

The PC edition of The Phantom Pain supports resolution up to 4K. Konami also writes on the game's Steam page that The Phantom Pain for PC will have more graphics options than Ground Zeroes and will support Steam trading cards, as well as custom soundtracks.

One thing that's not locked down, however, is Windows 10 support.

"While we can't confirm official support by launch, we're looking into this for post-launch patches if necessary," Konami said. "However from all accounts, the basic performance should be to par."

In other PC news, Konami and Nvidia have teamed up to give away copies of The Phantom Pain with the purchase of select GPUs.

We're expecting more news about The Phantom Pain this week, as Konami is preparing a new, Mother Base-themed gameplay trailer for Gamescom to be released on August 5. What's more, The Phantom Pain is playable for the first time this week at the big-time European gaming show.

According to GameSpot's sources, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will leave Konami after the game ships next month. Just recently, a Nikkei report exposed the troubling culture inside of Konami.

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