Konami Europe’s website accidentally leaked information about Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain for PC via Steam. Konami took down the information from its website, but as usually many news outlets and gaming enthusiasts have picked up the news. After the leak, Hideo Kojima confirmed that the 5th instalment will be available for PC.
Earlier, these titles were available for the previous and current gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony, but Konami never released it for the PC. The previous titles, the original Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was available for PC. Platinum Games’ Metal Gear: Revengeance was also available for PC gamers via Steam, which all the more didn’t make sense to release the 5th titles for PC.
This isn’t the first time where a game studio is finally releasing the game for PC post-console release. But it does create a bad reputation among gamers. PC gamers didn’t like the press announcement from Microsoft that Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider will be a Xbox exclusive, which was then clarified as a ‘timed exclusive’. Even then, gamers didn’t like that Crystal Dynamics gave preference for Xbox over PC and PlayStation gamers after grabbing (obviously) a hefty premium for a timed exclusive.
The question remains if the upcoming sequels will be released simultaneously for all gaming platforms.