Breakout the cardboard boxes and plush Diamond Dogs, Konami officially launched METAL GEAR ONLINE, the dedicated, squad-based multi-player component of its best-selling METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, for PC Steam.

METAL GEAR ONLINE is built around a dedicated squad-based competitive multiplayer structure, which has been fully redesigned with the familiar gameplay and aesthetic styling of the acclaimed METAL GEAR SOLID series. The online element introduces Tactical Team Operations and features a ‘class system’ that more uniquely defines the strengths and abilities of player characters on the battlefield. Players can select from 3 distinct classes: Scout, Enforcer and Infiltrator.

METAL GEAR ONLINE also supports 16-player online battles for 8v8 PvP combat (up to 12 players only for PlayStation®3 / Xbox 360). Players can select different missions, utilize special customization options, and take advantage of support weapons unique to the online multiplayer title. METAL GEAR ONLINE also features a revised version of the Buddy system, pairing two players as allies for enhanced, multiplayer benefits.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, which includes METAL GEAR ONLINE, has an SRP of $59.99 for the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and Steam. The MSRP is only $49.99 for the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 but you can usually find it cheaper on sites like Amazon.

There is still the ‘Collector’s Edition’ which is going for $99.99 for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One as well.