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Sony didn’t pay for Metal Gear Solid 4 exclusivity ; Kojima did not want to make the port for Xbox 360
The game is only available for PlayStation 3 and it is unknown if it will come out of there Metal
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots debuted in March 2005 on PlayStation 3 and has not been available on any other platform since then. Due to the above, many have thought that Sony paid some kind of exclusivity, but the reality is different and it happens that Metal Gear Solid 4 is exclusive to PlayStation 3 because Hideo Kojima did not want to make the port for Xbox 360 .
This was revealed thanks to Steven L. Kent, author of The Ultimate History of Video Games . For the second volume of this book, Kent interviewed former Kojima Productions developer Ryan Petton about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and his history with Sony.
According to the former Kojima Productions member, Sony did not pay for an exclusivity on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots . In fact, what happened is that Kojima simply decided that he didn’t want to port it to Xbox 360, and it seems that Konami officials agreed with this decision.
“The prevailing belief around the industry was that Sony must have secured an exclusive deal for the game. It wasn’t true. Had Kojima chosen to port the game to Xbox 360, his bosses would surely have approved the decision, but he wasn’t ready to make the jump.” – said Patton
WHY DIDN’T KOJIMA WANT TO RELEASE METAL GEAR SOLID 4 ON XBOX 360?But why didn’t Kojima want to bring Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to Xbox 360? At the moment the situation is not clear. However, it seems that it all has to do with the fact that the game is too big and that the Xbox 360 games came on DVD, which would have meant that the game would have had to be offered on a lot of discs.
This is believed because, in a 2013 interview , Kojima said that Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection would not come out on Xbox 360 because Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots never had an Xbox 360 version and the explanation is that his amount of information was “just very huge.”
I am sorry to report that an Xbox 360 version will not be released because an Xbox 360 version of Metal Gear Solid 4 has not been released. To explain the situation, the amount of data in Metal Gear Solid 4 is just too huge,” Kojima explained.
So it seems that Kojima thought that releasing Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots on Xbox 360 was just too complicated. We’ll see if at some point Konami decides that it’s worth releasing this game on more platforms so it doesn’t get lost.