Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PS4 PlayStation 4

It's not been a great day for Konami, with Japanese newspaper Nikkei reporting some pretty nasty things about its corporate culture. The company may as well get all of the bad news out in one go, then: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's multiplayer mode won't go online until 6th October.

While you'll get the competitive component with all copies of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game, it sounds like Konami's taking a little extra time to get the squad-based suite running smoothly. Grand Theft Auto V employed a similar rollout model, of course, so it's not the end of the world – and it will at least give you ample opportunity to complete the single player campaign.

For those out of the loop, the mode's being developed by Kojima Productions Los Angeles – or, er, Konami Los Angeles Studio as its now known. Despite the online focus, however, the extra will maintain the series' eye for silliness, with toy dogs and all manner of other ridiculous implements on display in its debut trailer.

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