Thinking about picking up Metal Solid 2: Sons of Liberty or Metal Gear Solid 2: Snake Eater but haven’t quite got round to it? Then hurry, because Konami are removing them from digital storefronts.
The good news is this is only a temporary measure and both titles should be available to purchase digitally after licencing issues have been sorted out. If, right now, you’re thinking “Grand Theft Auto IV“, you’re half right. The rights issues have nothing to do with music, however.
As Konami have explained in their statement, the problem relates to their right to use some specific war-related archive footage. The statement reads:
“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.”
Aside from Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 being removed, this will also see the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection yanked, as it contains both titles. The platforms affected include the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Now, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Nvidia Shield and, on PC, GOG.
At the time of writing you can still purchase these games (except for the Nvidia Shield versions which already seem to have gone) and, as long as you have purchased them before they’re removed, you should still be able to download them at will.