Metal Gear games are temporarily disappearing from digital stores

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater are now disappearing from digital storefronts, while Konami is renewing the licenses for the “historical archive images” they contain, their publisher announced. While the deletions are temporary, Konami’s statement does not give a timeline for the games to return to affected storefronts. “We sincerely ask for your patience and understanding as we work to make these products available for purchase again,” the publisher said.

The deletions affect various digital re-releases of the two games, originally released in 2001 and 2004. These include the PS3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and Nvidia Shield TV remasters of both games, the Nintendo 3DS version of MGS3, and the GOG reissue of MGS2. Games’ HD collection It is also disappearing from the PlayStation Now streaming service.

Although Konami did not provide details on the historical footage that causes concern, the two Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 use real-world images in long cutscenes to weave their stories with historical events of the 20th century. These images play an important role in setting the atmosphere for both games, so it’s reassuring that Konami is heading down the path of licensing the images rather than trying to remove them.

Other games affected by similar licensing issues weren’t so lucky. In 2012 Grand Theft Auto Vice City has been removed from digital stores on PC about the music licensing issues, and when it came back, there would have been 10 songs missing from its soundtrack. It was a similar story with the 2010 reissue of Crazy Taxi on PS3 and Xbox 360, which lacked real world music and brands of the original.


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