E3 2008: Is Metal Gear Solid 4 For Xbox 360 "Inevitable?"
After yesterday's huge announcement that Final Fantasy XIII is no longer a PS3 exclusive, perhaps it's no surprise to hear that yet another third-party PS3 exclusive may find its way to the Xbox 360.
This won't be as big of a shock, considering that the PS3 has already benefited from the launch of this game, but it may help sell 360's in the future: it appears Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is 360-bound at some point. This is nothing more than a rumor right now, though (if it had been fact, they likely would've announced it yesterday along with the FFXIII unveiling), but we do have a few interesting tidbits of info. First, the MTV Multiplayer blog talks about how Microsoft is saying Sony has less and less exclusives, and when asked about MGS4, the reply was- "Thats a question for Konami." Furthermore, the Videogaming247 blog has heard from a "senior UK industry source" who says a 360 version of Konami's masterpiece is "inevitable."
"Theres only MGS left now: for a few months at least," said the source. "Its inevitable. Konami knows how many million theyd sell in the US alone. If FFXIII can make it to 360 when Sony owns nine percent of Square, Metal Gears a slam dunk."
Konami and Hideo Kojima have always said they simply can't put MGS4 on DVD discs, especially considering the fact it nearly filled the 50 gigs available on a Blu-Ray disc. On top of which, Kojima fans know he really doesn't like the 360, and has no intention of gimping his baby just to sell more copies. But perhaps we're beyond that, now; perhaps Konami is simply bending to Microsoft's will, as Square-Enix did. Or, perhaps they just think it's a savvy business move, like Square-Enix obviously thinks it is. Either way, none of this is confirmed right now, but we'll have to keep an eye on it. The big question now is, if they do another MGS, should we just assume it won't be exclusive to the PS3...?
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
7/15/2008 Ben Dutka