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    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is indeed coming out on 1 September… but not on PC.

    As leaked yesterday, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released worldwide on 1 September; today’s announcement is a confirmation of that date. The press release talks up the Mother Base system, and the Metal Gear Online multiplayer mode, and the (console-only) collector’s edition, and reiterates that the game will launch on 1 September.

    Except on PC. Tucked away at the very end of the press release is the following: “The Steam version of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released on September 15th, 2015.”

    No reason has been given for the PC version coming later, but I suppose we just just be thankful that it’s only a two-week delay. It could be for final polish, or due to the meddling of stores and/or console manufacturers, or possibly an attempt to forestall piracy. Maybe a bit of all three. Either way: 15 September.

    If there’s a silver lining, it’s this: while we’re not getting release date parity or the collector’s edition, we are getting some freebies. The “Day One” edition of the game, on consoles, will come with an Adam-Ska Special Handgun, a silver Personal Ballistic Shield, a Wetland Cardboard Box, a blue Urban Snake costume, and a Metal Gear Online XP boost. The Steam version will include all of these by default.

    So, to reiterate: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be hitting PC on 15 September. Weep.

    Tim McDonald
    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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