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Konami closing Metal Gear Online this June

Konami is pulling the plug on Metal Gear Online after four years of service. Today, the studio told fans it plans to dismantle the Snake-themed multiplayer on June 12, 2012 – exactly four years from the day it first launched alongside Metal Gear Solid 4 back in 2008.

The shutdown will begin March 21 with the closure of the Metal Gear Online Shop. On April 24, Konami will then make it impossible for new players to register, while giving existing players access to a handful of freebies including Reward Shop equipment, Expansion Packs, and Preset Codec Message Appeal Packs. Finally, after a couple months of free stuff, Konami will shut the lights off for good at midnight (Japan time) on June 12.

“Thank you to everyone for your loyal support of Metal Gear Online,” wrote the studio. “All of the staff involved offer you our sincerest thanks.”

The demise of any online community is always bittersweet, and we're sure somewhere there's a group of MGO diehards planning a virtual rally or vigil. If Konami really wants to go out with a bang, it would do well to follow Star Wars Galaxies' lead and make MGO's demise one big intergalactic event. Or an inter-whatever event. We're just saying this is the perfect excuse for a party.

Lest we forget, Snake will also be making a comeback on 3DS this week in the form of a free demo for Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater.

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12 comments

  • jmcgrotty - February 15, 2012 2:24 a.m.

    Give me a break. Some of you commenters are flat-out lying. NO ONE ever enjoyed this crap. It was a 100% failure since day 1. I actually assumed it closed 2 or 3 years ago. Quit trying to sound like this really affects your life in a negative way. It's like people who suddenly say how great Whitney Houston is, even though she has been a washed-up, out-of-control, piece of crap for over 10 years. NO, NO ONE liked Metal Gear Online. 0. None. Nil. And quit saying you do just because you think it makes you look cool. It doesn't.
  • andrew-jones - February 15, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    Is this one of those challenges where you try to post a comment so stupid someone on the internet thinks it's fake? Because you just won.
  • Javv - February 14, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    i seriously hope they bring it back, but with a few changes. I remember that i used to play and have a lot of fun, but my internet connection sucks so I couldnt get all the juice out of it. Then the "use konami store directly"(i dont know the reason for this, but im sure they have a good one) and all the actualizations drove me away.
  • Fluffdaddy - February 14, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    "The demise of any online community is always bittersweet" Mostly just bitter. At least, unlike some other companies, they are giving adequate notice they are shutting it down.
  • shadow707 - February 14, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    saw it comin but this still sucks...I actually had some fun moments with the multiplayer.
  • Channel4 - February 14, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    This was always inevitable since they did the same with subsistence, but it's still a shame. I haven't ever loved an online game as much as I love MGO. There are no online shooters as unique as MGO and with the way online multiplayer is going lately it's looking likely that there will never be anything quite like it again, even within the MGS series.
  • Moroz - February 14, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    Well, the game kinda sucked, but it's still a bit of a shame to see it go. Had a few fun moments with it.
  • 5DollarFootlong - February 14, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    this makes me sad. i had a lot of fun memories on mgo.
  • F0NAJ - February 14, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    No, no no no, no nO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - February 14, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    That does suck. I remember having an awesome time with it back in the day.
  • kor2disturbed - February 14, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    This sucks...!! D:
  • CameronPoe - February 14, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE

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