Blogger: “Microsoft Testing Metal Gear Solid 4”

We’ve been here before, of course, but this blog on the Seattle PI site is adding further fuel to the fire.  In it, an alledged recently laid off Xbox 360 hardware and software tester claims that Microsoft is “currently software testing Metal Gear Solid 4 for Xbox 360”, and goes on to say that Microsoft “might announce it at E3” and that “Konami likes to make money and Metal Gear Solid 4 was very expensive for them to make.”

Of course, this isn’t an officially sanctioned Seattle PI story, this is a user blog on the Seattle PI site, but the so-called tester does appear to have some information that sounds, at least to us, to be credible.  “Microsoft and Konami will not admit it before they are ready to but secretly builds of Metal Gear Solid 4 for Xbox 360 started being tested late last year. Konami want to make back their software development costs and they need to get it on the Xbox 360 to do it.”

He also talks about a secret “kill switch” to automatically destroy hacked 360 consoles, the use of VMC to run software testing labs and, cuttingly, the ability for publishers to “purchase compliance waivers from Microsoft if their game does not meet software compliance or Xbox Live Network compliance.”  I’m not sure how much of this I believe, but it seems like news worth reporting to us.

Note that user blogs on the Seattle PI site are subject to the following disclaimer: “This is a P-I Reader Blog. P-I Reader Blogs are not written or edited by the P-I. They are written by readers, for readers.” This story is absolutely classed as a rumour and thus TheSixthAxis is not suggesting this story should be taken as fact.  We are merely reporting on what others have posted on the internet.

Via GAF.