MGO standalone coming to Japan; expansion to follow
Konami as announced that they will be releasing a Blu-ray Metal Gear Online: Starter Pack standalone disc come July 17. This will be available in Japan only and is set to retail for 1800 yen. Though it seems unlikely and odd that gamers would choose to purchase this item without picking up Metal Gear Solid 4 itself, it is at least releasing at a small price.
Added onto the announcement of the standalone addition, Konami is also setting up the first online expansion pack which is expected sometime in late July, if not, early August.
There has been no information as to when or if we can expect these two additions to come stateside or across the pond; however, we'll be sure to keep you guys informed once it is announced.