Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 have been Delisted by Konami over video licensing issues
Thankfully, Konami has forgotten to delist Metal Gear Solid 2's PC version from GOG
Published: 9th November 2021 | Source: Konami |
Metal Gear Solid 2/3 digital versions have been delisted by Konami over video licensing issues
Strangely, this delisting does not include the PC version of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, which remains available to purchase on GOG. Sadly, Metal Gear Solid 3 was never made available on PC.
This delisting even includes the streamable version of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection from Sony's PlayStation Now service. Beyond that, the delisting also includes the Nvidia Shield TV versions of Metal Gear Solid 2 HD and Metal Gear Solid 3. At this time, it remains unclear why the PC version of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance has not been delisted.
*** [Important Notification] Temporary removal of METAL GEAR SOLID 2 and METAL GEAR SOLID 3 from digital storefronts (PlayStation®3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, etc.)
Thank you for playing the METAL GEAR series.
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.
Right now, it is unknown when Konami will be able to relist the digital versions of Metal Gear Solid 2/3. Sadly, none of these delisted games is available to purchase for a current-generation hardware platform, aside from the aforementioned PC version on GOG. The newest hardware platform to support these games is Nvidia's Shield TV platform, which was launched in 2015.
Once Konami renews its licensing agreements, the company may invest in re-releases for both games on modern platforms. The Metal Gear Solid franchise is well known and would benefit from an HD remastered collection for modern systems. If nothing else, it would be good to see Metal Gear Solid 3 arrive on PC or see Metal Gear Solid 4 outside of PlayStation 3 for that matter.
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