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The Phantom Pain Has PC Release Date Moved Up

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Konami once said that the PC version of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would take longer to come out than the console versions of the upcoming game, but as you know, Konami says a lot of things these days. In a rare bit of good news from the self-destructing company, they announced today development of the PC version is moving faster than expected, and consumers can now expect The Phantom Pain to show up on all platforms the same day, September 1.

“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,” said Konami president Tomotada Tashiro.

There is more. If you preorder The Phantom Pain on Steam, you’ll get the prologue from 2014, Ground Zeroes, absolutely free. And even if you don’t, you’ll still get a bonus: a behind-the-scenes collector’s video and documentary will be included in the PC package, plus the Mother Base Staff DLC and a “Venom Snake” emblem.

And that may be the last good thing you ever hear. A disturbing new report from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei has exposed the current work culture within Konami as incredibly toxic and restrictive. Konami has no future plans for console games after The Phantom Pain, though they put out an ad calling for new developers to continue the MGS series in some form after Kojima and his team leave.