Metal Gear Online Shutting Down June 12

    February 14, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Metal Gear Solid 4 launched almost four years ago to critical acclaim for its film-like presentation and expertly realized gameplay. There was another component to the game that didn’t get talked about as much, but was still popular with hardcore fans – Metal Gear Online.

Konami announced today that they will be taking Metal Gear Online offline on June 12. They chose June 12 as it is the exact day that Metal Gear Solid 4 launched four years ago.

Metal Gear Online was unique in that it felt like its own game apart from the single-player campaign in Guns of the Patriots. The game itself even recognized this as the multiplayer was accessed via a different main menu separate from the main game.

The multiplayer game took classic Metal Gear Solid concepts like stealth and hiding in cardboard boxes and applied them to team-based 16 player multiplayer gameplay.

Konami will be shutting down MGO services in tiers starting next month. The MGO online shop that sold new characters and costumes will shut down on March 21.

Starting April 24, MGO will no longer accept new registrations. As a thank you to all the players who kept the game going for the past four years, all expansion packs will be made available for free at this time as well.

The service will shut down for good on June 12. Be sure to get in plenty of playtime before then.

It’s nothing new to see servers for games being shut down, but those are usually sports titles that see annual releases. It’s sad to see Metal Gear Online go as it was something wholly unique in the world of online multiplayer.

I guess this just means that Konami wants us to move on to Peace Walker. I’m sure plenty of players will do just that.

For one last hurrah, let’s take a look back at some of the cool stuff Metal Gear Online offered:

  • jo

    nooo i love mgso online. part from all the noobs. how can they shut it down ! is part of the game !

  • Jay

    I have been a MGO fan from the time it launched and been playing it ever since. This is really unfortunate as it was the main gamed that I loved to play for the past 4 years. Aside from cheaters, lag switchers, ddos and glitchers, the game was awesome. I’m wondering if it is just shutting down for North America, or if it goes for Japan and Europe as well. What is the main cause for shutting down when so many ppl still enjoy the gameplay. Just Bann ALL who violate terms of service with an iron fist. It will be real sad to see MGO go. I have meet so many wonderful friends in the PSN through its community and I’m sure I speak for all of them when I say, pls reconsider this idea.

  • fernando

    guys, lets play mgo a loooot, next months. and lets play it nice and well, and enjoy it. lets make the last mgos months the best of our lifes. and in 11 to 12 june lets play it the whole time till the very last second

  • Paulo Munir

    I think it is offensive! to simply shut it down? but it´s a part of the game! in fact, it´s the natural way to play it before finishing the regular game, I´ve got a character of mine in that game! I got it evolved, and I don´t want to give up on it. Konami should at least allow us to play MGO by our own (player-host based games, or offline with bots).
    But to simply put and end to the game is unacceptable!

  • morlok

    “I’m sure plenty of players will do just that.”
    as i’m sure plenty of players will swear off Kanomi all together.
    this is lame.
    they give us something like this that’s unique and a metal gear solid fan’s dream almost then they take it away and shrug their shoulders while just saying sorry?
    that’s friggen bull.
    something like this leads one to realize that all they wanted was the extra publicity and money.
    well, now they have it.
    i hope all of that covers the amount of losses that they’re going to get from this.

    • jbreez216

      i will never and i mean never buy another konami game, and i mean that.