Metal Gear Solid 4 could finally lose PlayStation exclusivity

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​​Metal Gear Solid 4, the masterful stealth action sequel, may finally lose its PlayStation exclusivity after more than 15 years. With Konami having just announced the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1, leaked source code suggests that MGS4 will feature in the upcoming Vol. 2 alongside other titles from the franchise.

The leak comes via Metal Gear informant, Nitroid, who found that an interactive timeline posted on the official Metal Gear portal includes placeholder slots for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, as well as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Grouping these games together seems like a pretty natural move for the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 2 but what’s particularly interesting about this is that it will be the first instance MGS4 has appeared on a platform that isn’t Sony’s PlayStation 3. For more than 15 years, the game has remained a PS3 exclusive despite rumours of an Xbox port and continued calls for a modernised version on newer hardware.

Praised for its evolved stealth action gameplay and cinematic set pieces, we’re intrigued to see what changes Konami could make to MGS4 though it’s reported that all games featured in the upcoming collections will be straight-up ports as opposed to being fully remastered. Still, there’s hope we’ll see some quality of life improvements as well as other extra bells and whistles.

Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 will launch on October 24, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. It will include the following titles:

  • Metal Gear
  • Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
  • Metal Gear Solid (Including VR Missions/Special Missions)
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (HD Collection version)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (HD Collection version)
  • Metal Gear (NES/FC version)
  • Snake’s Revenge

Fans can also expect a slew of bonuses including digital soundtracks and the superb MGS graphic novels.

For Konami, this could mark somewhat of a turning point. Metal Gear has been dormant for some time now following the departure of series creator, Hideo Kojima. While it’s true that he’s not solely responsible for the series’ success, Konami didn’t instil much hope in fans with the release of Metal Gear Survive, a slapdash effort that brought the franchise to an all-time low.

With the dust having settled, Metal Gear looks primed for a comeback. Alongside the upcoming Master collections, fans can also expect a full remake of the seminal Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.


  1. I hope we get them all, systematically rebuilt on PS5 with the original soundtracks and voice acting [enhanced of course]

    MGS as a world and series is the best there is. MGS1 and all its magic on PS1, the leap when MGS2 arrived on PS2. Taking it back in every way and the outcome being an even richer, deeper game in MGS3 and then the triumph that is MGS4. Would love to see these rebuilt. Everything up to the Phantom Pain was and is absolute brilliance.

  2. Where did everyone go.

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