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Metal Gear Online launches in October on consoles, next year on PC

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Metal Gear Online, the online competitive multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, won't be ready for the game's launch, Konami announced this week. On consoles, Metal Gear Online will lag behind the release of The Phantom Pain by about a month, but players on PC will have to wait until 2016 to go online.

There's good news, however, for Metal Gear fans opting for the Windows PC version of The Phantom Pain: The PC version will now be released on Steam alongside its console counterparts on Sept. 1. Previously, the PC version was scheduled for a Sept. 15 launch.

Metal Gear Solid 5's competitive multiplayer mode pits players against each other in team-based battles, taking the weapons and tactics of the stealth-based Metal Gear Solid series online. The online mode was developed by Konami's Los Angeles-based studio previously known as Kojima Productions LA. You can watch Metal Gear Online's debut trailer above.

Metal Gear Online will go live for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Oct. 6. It will then come to PC sometime in January 2016.