Konami have had a bit of bad press recently, and in the wake of the Kojima departure and Silent Hills cancellation, this piece on workplace practices really wasn’t what they needed to improve their public image.
Perhaps in an effort to ensure that at least one positive thing is said about them this week, they’ve made the decision to bring forward the Metal Gear Solid V PC release date, in-line with their console brethren.
As it originally stood, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was scheduled to come to consoles on September 1, with the Metal Gear Solid V PC version due to follow two weeks later on September 15, 2015. Here’s what Konami had to say:
“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. Now PC users will be able to explore the vibrant and beautifully-realized locations and set-pieces that elevate Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain beyond all other action titles. We feel confident that Steam users will be satisfied with the contents we will provide for the Steam version.” – Tomotada Tashiro, President of Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.
Which is jolly kind of them.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will also be bundled with the already-released prologue Ground Zeroes, to ensure gamers who didn’t want to shell out for the (extremely short) prologue didn’t miss out on the full story.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is also available now for free on Xbox Live Games with Gold this month if you want to get a head start, but Metal Gear Solid V PC and PS4 players will have to wait for September 1 if they want to get their hands on it for free.
It might be worth savouring every minute of Metal Gear Solid we can get our hands on as, chances are, we won’t see another one.