Konami announced today that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots would be delayed till second quarter 2008.
The official press release states that Konami had initially intended to release MGS4 this winter. However, to make further improvements and to add finishing touches, Konami has pushed back the release date to ensure a quality product.
Konami finshed their press release with the statement, " Konami will continue its efforts to make "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots" meet everyone's expectations."
Other than polishing the gameplay, one wonders what else they may add in the extra time they have given themselves for development. Also keep in mind that Metal Gear Solid 4 will ship with Metal Gear Solid Online, a full stand-alone multiplayer title running on the MGS4 engine.
Stay tuned for more details.