The boxed copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain reportedly contains nothing but a Steam installer. That’s right, even if you fork out real-world money for a physical copy of the game, you’ll still have to download the whole thing from the internet.
The image was posted to social media by @graphμre.
Making matters worse, while the game is available in stores now, you won’t be able to play the PC version until it unlocks on Steam, which isn’t happening until 12 midnight EST, September 1 (What’s that in my timezone?).
The inclusion of a Steam link in a retail copy of a game is not unusual. Many PC releases use Valve‘s digital platform as a form of copy-protection, but these titles also contain game files on the disk, requiring a simple connection check to verify the installation, rather than a large, multiple-gig download.
This is just the latest Phantom Pain drama – earlier, Konami removed Hideo Kojima’s name from the game’s box art, prompting fans to create their own “corrected” artwork – while many gamers object to the inclusion of microtransactions.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is officially available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One from tomorrow, September 1 – check with your local retailer for availability.