The Phantom Pain’s Metal Gear Online Reaches PC…In Beta


Hideo Kojima has already left. Why continue the charade with Metal Gear Online, Konami?

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, for all intents and purposes, is a great game. It made my personal Game of the Year list, just like it made our site’s Game of the Year list. That said, the online portions of the game feel extortionist, at best. The Forward Operating Bases requiring online connection to store goods, which can be stolen by other players, which can be protected with real-life money seems like the kind of stuff the Yakuza would pull, let alone a video game publisher. Metal Gear Online didn’t impress much on consoles, either, with a dwindling user base.

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Finally, in the year 2016, Konami has announced during a Twitch live stream that the PC version of Metal Gear Online for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released today. Before you start prepping your mission sorties, it should be mentioned that it will begin with a short beta phase first, testing out the online architecture of Valve’s Steam services. The goal is to avoid matchmaking issues that might occur with a PC release.

In order to sign up for the Metal Gear Online beta, right-click on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in your Steam game library, click on “Properties” and then click on the “Betas” tab. You can then choose to opt-in to the beta, which is scheduled for a release at 10 PM PT later tonight. Cloak and Dagger, Comm Control and Bounty Hunter will all be playable in the soft launch lead-up to the actual release of Metal Gear Online, to be announced at a later date.