Metal Gear Solid games are still missing from PlayStation and Xbox stores

Months after they were removed from sale, a number of Metal Gear Solid games have yet to return to PlayStation and Xbox stores.

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In November 2021, Konami shocked fans by removing the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection from digital storefronts. This has affected many MGS games on various platforms including PS3, PS Vita, Nvidia Shield, and Xbox 360. It also led to the disappearance of the collection from Sony’s game streaming service, PS Now.

Published by Konami in 2011 and developed by Sony-owned Bluepoint Games, HD Collection included remasters for MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater, and MGS: Peace Walker.

Almost six months later, these games are still not available for purchase, but why? According to Konami, Metal Gear Solid 2 and its sequel Cold War contain licensed stock footage. These licenses have expired and must be renewed if these games are to be sold on the PlayStation Store and other digital marketplaces in the future.

Here is the official statement, straight from Konami:

We are currently working on renewing licenses for certain historical stock footage used in the game, therefore we have made the temporary decision to begin suspending the sale of MGS 2, MGS 3 and all products that include these games from digital storefronts worldwide starting November 8, 2021.

We sincerely ask for your patience and understanding as we work to make these products available for purchase again.

The Metal Gear Solid HD collection was launched over 10 years ago. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions also included Peace Walker which appears to be free of the licensing issues that have recently surfaced.

Konami has yet to release an update on what’s coming to the games or if they’ll ever return to online stores. With PlayStation Plus soon to offer hundreds of legacy games as part of your monthly subscription, it would be a shame to miss out on much of the MGS series.

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