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Metal Gear Solid 2 and its sequel Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater have been pulled from digital storefronts and will not return until further notice.
Konami confirmed the news in a statement, revealing that the classic games have been pulled due an issue over “licenses for select historical archive footage used in-game”. In other words, there’s footage in these games that the publisher no longer has the right to use. That’s… not good. Fortunately, Konami intends to renew the license if it can.
“Thank you for playing the METAL GEAR series,” the company said in its statement.
“We are currently working on renewing the licenses for select historical archive footage used in-game, therefore, we have made the temporary decision to begin suspending the sale of Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and all products that include these games from digital storefronts globally starting from November 8th, 2021.
“We sincerely ask for your patience and understanding as we work towards making these products available for purchase once again. Thank you for your continued support of the Metal Gear series.”
The full list of affected games and storefronts can be seen below. Hopefully it's not too long before they're returned to us, although it remains to be seen if it'll be as they were, or with the archival footage replaced.
・PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION
・PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION
・PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION
・PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION
・PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION
・PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION
・PlayStation™Now METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION
・Xbox 360 METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION: 2 & 3
・Nintendo 3DS METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D
・GOG.com METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SUBSTANCE
・NVIDIA® SHIELD™ METAL GEAR SOLID 2 HD for SHIELD TV
・NVIDIA® SHIELD™ METAL GEAR SOLID 3 HD for SHIELD TV
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