Customs Issue delays Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain release in The Philippines


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    The beginning of the fall season ushers in many of the most anticipated video game releases, including what is likely to be the FINAL installment of the long-running Metal Gear franchise under the direction of Hideo Kojima in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”, which got its worldwide release on September 1st.

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    However, those who live in the Philippines and ordered physical copies of the game may have to be patient a bit longer to play the next chapter in the series that chronicles the story of Big Boss, as a “customs issue” has put the game on hold indefinitely.


    According to a post by Gameline on their Facebook page (which has since been deleted), a “custom problem” was the cause for the delay of The Phantom Pain, as well as other titles arriving this week like One Piece and Mad Max. Video game blog Reimaru Files added further details into the matter, and referenced local game retailers and distributors like I-Tech, Game One Gadget, and DataBlitz – who have all sent messages to their customers to apologize and inform them of the delay.


    With other countries already getting their hands on “The Phantom Pain” at this time, the holdup is being attributed to an issue with the Bureau of Customs (BoC). Fans who have pre-ordered and looked forward to physical copies of the game on Day One will certainly be disappointed, but those who have not can get the game online or through the Playstation 4 Limited Edition Bundle Pack which arrives today.

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is now available worldwide for the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

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    Tim Villasor
    Regularly cosplays as Batman (founding member of Justice PH) for events. Writer for GMA Sci-Tech and former contributor to Playground Magazine. Pop culture Crusader.


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