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Metal Gear Solid 5's traditional multiplayer mode goes live

Metal Gear Online available now on consoles, with PC version coming in 2016.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain expands today with the release of its free multiplayer mode, Metal Gear Online. The squad-based component is available now for all console versions, while the PC edition "remains on course" for its previously scheduled arrival in January 2016.

Metal Gear Online is accessible through The Phantom Pain's main menu.

Metal Gear Online has been "fully redesigned" since the last time players saw it in 2008's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for PlayStation 3 with new modes and more. GameSpot recently spent some time with the mode and you can read our impressions here and see some gameplay in the video above.

Konami also has confirmed that The Phantom Pain's Collector's Edition DLC--which includes an XP boost and in-game content like a gold WU S pistol and AM MRS-4 machine gun--is now available in Metal Gear Online.

In addition, Konami has released a new update for the game's other multiplayer mode, Forward Operating Base (FOB), which includes new missions, equipment, and the option to spend real money to insure bases.