Konami has started switching off the online features in Metal Gear Solid 5 for Xbox 360 and PS3, only six years after it was first released.
It was one of the biggest games of 2015 but from this week on you’ll never be able to play the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Metal Gear Solid 5 in the way they were originally released, as Konami begins to strip the game of its online features.
According to a post on the official website they’ve already shut down the purchase system, with DLC due to be taken offline on November and the entire online service closing in May next year. The information is vague, but it seems like that standalone Metal Gear Online will, at that point, become impossible to purchase.
Since the game was a cross-gen release the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions will be unaffected but its inevitable that their services will be shutdown sometime after as well.
Konami has assured fans that the game will still be playable offline, although the original version did feature a number of online options, including an online version of the Mother Base that could be used to generate money and items and a 16-player PvP mode.
Metal Gear Solid 5 is only six years old and the closures highlight the problem with modern games, where many feature extensive online features but publishers don’t want to pay to keep the servers going after a certain point in time.
That issue is only going to become more prevalent as time goes on and there’s no real solution to it either, except for fans to take on the job themselves and keep the online features running themselves – which is very likely to happen once the servers for the other versions of Metal Gear Solid 5 are taken down.
As for Metal Gear itself, The Phantom Pain was the final entry which series creator Hideo Kojima worked on before leaving Konami and after the failure of 2018’s Metal Gear Survive there have been no more attempts to make a new one.
There have been rumours of a new remaster collection, and perhaps even a remake of the first game for the PlayStation 5, but so far there’s been no solid (pun intended) proof of anything.
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