The Konami team have announced the ‘temporary’ removal of both Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater from all digital storefronts. This includes all of the various game versions and editions for all of the selected platforms.
The reason for the removal is so that the team can work on renewing the necessary licence.
”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.”
There is no date of when the games will be brought back on to digital stores or if they even will. However, as of today anyone still wishing to purchase the games digitally will no longer be able to do so.
The Metal Gear Solid series is known for combining real life with fantasy, from the whole Philosophers and Wisemen’s Committee, to AI and other such examples. So perhaps, in some way, this particular news comes as inevitable. Lets just hope that Konami can resolve the matter, or perhaps surprise everyone with a release of the games on current platforms.
Come to think of it, it was only a few months ago when a leak reporting about a possible Metal Gear Solid 3 remake came into light. Of course nothing has been confirmed just yet. However, the removal of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater may be the start of these rumours coming into fruition. Who knows?