Konami Pull Metal Gear Solid Games Days After eFootball Disaster

Published 11/08/2021, 9:57 AM EST


Konami has been the center of online discussion for all the wrong reasons, what with the badly-received release of eFootball. The game has extremely clunky graphics. With the apparent lack of any realism whatsoever, players have ‘credited’ Konami for creating ‘the worst football game ever.’ It looks like Konami is still not out of hot water just yet. Two of its major titles of one of its most iconic series have been removed from stores.

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Removal of Konami’s titles

Konami made a blog post to inform players and fans about the recent development. They said that they would be pulling down the game from e-stores in order to renew the licenses for archived historical footage. The publisher-cum-developer called upon the players to be patient and thanked them for the support this definitive series has received.

It seems quite unusual that a juggernaut of a studio like Konami had to suspend the sales of its titles over just a licensing issue, some people seem to think.

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Konami did not clarify which exact footage was the source of contention. However, considering the fact that both these titles have plenty of footage about the Cold War, it seems like a no-brainer.


Mentioned below are the titles which will be removed from the e-store:

・PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION
・PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION
・Xbox 360 METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION: 2 & 3
・PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY HD EDITION
・PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID 3 SNAKE EATER HD EDITION
・Nintendo 3DS METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D
・PlayStation™Now METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION
・PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION
・PlayStation®Vita METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION
・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

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There seems to be no official word as to when the titles will be back on the store. There is also no confirmation that the titles will indeed be back, with the footage or without the footage. With the already existing bad press with Konami’s eFootball, all of this isn’t good news for the company.

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Tanmay Gupta

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Tanmay is an Esports writer at EssentiallySports. Pursuing his Bachelor’s in Journalism at Christ University Bangalore, he is passionate about video games and the stories they tell. He also has a keen interest in analyzing video games and writing about them.

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