Steel Gear Stable 2: Sons of Liberty and Steel Gear Stable 3: Snake Eater are disappearing from digital storefronts immediately, whereas Konami renews the licenses for the “historic archive footage” they include, their writer has introduced. Though the removals are short-term, Konami’s assertion doesn’t give a timeline for when the video games would possibly return to affected storefronts. “We sincerely ask on your endurance and understanding as we work in the direction of making these merchandise obtainable for buy as soon as once more,” the writer stated.
The removals have an effect on numerous digital re-releases of the 2 video games, which initially got here out in 2001 and 2004. These embrace the PS3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, and Nvidia Protect TV remasters of each video games, the Nintendo 3DS model of MGS3, and the GOG re-release of MGS2. The video games’ HD Assortment can also be disappearing from the PlayStation Now streaming service.
Whereas Konami hasn’t offered particulars on which historic footage is the issue, each Steel Gear Stable 2 and 3 use real-world footage in prolonged cutscenes to weave their tales along with twentieth century historic occasions. This footage performs a major function in establishing the environment of each video games, so it’s reassuring that Konami goes down the route of renewing licenses for the footage relatively than making an attempt to strip it out.
Different video games hit by related licensing points haven’t been so fortunate. In 2012 Grand Theft Auto: Vice Metropolis was pulled from digital shops on PC over music licensing points, and when it returned there have been reportedly 10 songs lacking from its soundtrack. It was an analogous story with the 2010 re-release of Loopy Taxi on PS3 and Xbox 360, which lacked the music and real-world manufacturers of the unique.