The stealth games have been taken down due to an issue emerging with the historical footage used in-game
The games are being temporarily taken down from digital storefronts and it is unknown when the issue will be resolved.
Metal Gear Solid
The takedown of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 is the original release and every digital release that includes those two games, including Metal Gear Solid HD. Konami released a statement regarding the issue.
*** [Important Notification] Temporary removal of METAL GEAR SOLID 2 and METAL GEAR SOLID 3 from digial storefronts (PlayStation®3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, etc.)
Thank you for playing the METAL GEAR series.
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.
We sincerely ask for your patience and understanding as we work towards making these products available for purchase once again.
Thank you for your continued support of the METAL GEAR series. – Konami.
It is unclear what historical footage Konami means exactly, or whether it’s a collective bunch of footage that is causing the problem, but there’s a lot of footage from the Cold War, for example, used within the games.
The full list of games that have been taken down include the following:
・METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION (PS3)
・METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION (PS3)
・METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION (PS3)
・METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION (PS Vita)
・METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION (PS Vita)
・METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION (PS Vita)
・METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION (PS Now)
・METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION: 2 & 3 (Xbox 360)
・METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
・METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SUBSTANCE (GOG.com)
・METAL GEAR SOLID 2 HD for SHIELD TV (Nvidia Shield)
・METAL GEAR SOLID 3 HD for SHIELD TV (Nvidia Shield)
It is unknown when the games will be back up again so stay tuned for more.
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