Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 pulled from stores over licensing issue

Metal Equipment Solid 2, Metal Equipment Strong 3: Snake Eater, and any anthologies consisting of those video games are no longer for sale online due to the fact that of ended licenses for historic video footage utilized in cinematic series. This likewise suggests that Metal Equipment Solid HD Collection will be leaving the PlayStation Now video game streaming service.

Konami notified fans about the market takedowns in a declaration on Monday early morning. The following video games are no longer for sale starting Nov. 8:

  • Metal Equipment Strong 2 Kids of Liberty HD Edition for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Metal Equipment Strong 3 Snake Eater HD Edition for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Metal Equipment Solid HD Edition for PlayStation 3
  • Metal Equipment Solid HD Collection for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Now
  • Metal Equipment Strong HD Edition: 2 & 3 for Xbox 360
  • Metal Equipment Solid Snake Eater 3D for Nintendo 3DS

Furthermore, Metal Equipment Strong 2 Compound will be removed from GOG.com, and Metal Equipment Strong 2 HD and 3 HD, for Nvidia Guard television, will be removed from mobile shops.

Konami called the eliminations “a temporary decision” and stated it will “work towards making these products available for purchase once again.”

Konami didn’t define what video footage, particularly, is triggering the takedowns. 8 years earlier, YouTube’s KefkaProduction entwined all the cutscenes from Metal Equipment 2 and Metal Equipment 3 into 2 movies, the previous more than 4 hours long, the latter more than 5.

Metal Equipment Strong 2: Kids of Liberty introduced Nov. 13, 2001 on PlayStation 2, so it’s possible Konami had a 20-year license to offer video games with specific scenes, which was as excellent as infinity in the days of disc media. Metal Equipment Strong 3 introduced Nov. 17, 2004, maybe with clips covered by the initial license. This has actually been a problem for a couple of all-time terrific video games that have actually been remastered, re-released, or anthologized for many years, especially Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Car series, widely known for the music of its in-world radio stations.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.