Konami just announced that both Metal gear solid 2 and Metal gear solid 3 are removed from the windows of online stores after problems arose with “licenses for selected historical archival materials used in the game.”
The company’s full statement reads:
*** [Important Notification] Temporarily remove METAL GEAR SOLID 2 and METAL GEAR SOLID 3 from digital storefronts (PlayStation®3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, etc.)
Thank you for playing the METAL GEAR series.
We are currently working on renewing licenses for certain historical archival material used in the game, so we made a temporary decision to begin the suspension of sales of METAL GEAR SOLID 2, METAL GEAR SOLID 3 and all products that include these games in digital format. showcases around the world starting November 8, 2021.
We sincerely ask for your patience and understanding as we work to make these products available for purchase again.
Thank you for your continued support of the METAL GEAR series.
It looks like it should have been worked out before these licenses need to be renewed, but who am i to lecture Konami on image rights…
Showdowns include not only these two games, but the collections they are included in, so in addition to MGS2 and MGS3 disappearing Konami are also removed Metal Gear Solid HD Edition from sale.
So far there is no word about whether each piece of archival material was to blame or only part of it, for example kind video were we are talking about the footage of the cold war with Metal gear solid 3 cut scene:
Full list of affected games and showcases:
・ PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION
・ PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION
・ HARD EDITION HD FOR PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR
・ PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION
・ PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION
・ HARD HD METAL GEAR COLLECTION PlayStation®Vita
・ PlayStation ™ Collection Now Metal Gear Solid HD
・ Xbox 360 METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION: 2 & 3
・ Nintendo 3DS METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D
・ GOG.com METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SUBSTANCE
・ NVIDIA® SHIELD ™ METAL GEAR SOLID 2 HD for SHIELD TV
・ NVIDIA® SHIELD ™ METAL GEAR SOLID 3 HD for SHIELD TV
The assassinations are applied from today (November 8, 2021). Whether deleting them is really temporary or will result in something like a repackaged re-release with missing frames, we’ll need to see.