Despite the measurements taken by any publisher, high-profile games always seem to have one store, if not more, break their legal street date. This had been the case with many games before Metal Gear Solid 4 and it will be the case with many following it. This week, a couple of Wal-Marts were reported to have sold the Metal Gear Solid 80GB PS3 bundles up to a week before the scheduled release of the title on June 12.
Earlier in the week, Pete Stone, Konami’s UK General Manager had commented on their plans for the release of MGS4.
"We pride ourselves on working closely with retailers and have a continuation of the signed agreement system we used so successfully before,” said Stone. “All major retailers are supplying written agreements that they will honor the street date no matter what, making it a level playing field across the board. We all want the game to be a huge success, and for everyone to benefit from this release."
Despite working closely with retailers, this ultimate goal wasn’t achieved and games were leaked. Due to this, Konami issued the below statement today in regards to the issue.
“Unfortunately, these things happen. As much as we like see that no one breaks streets dates, no one can monitor every single moment that a title gets packed up for shipment and when its on its way to the stores.The store could be at fault as well, for letting someone get a copy before the street date.”
Meanwhile, the rest of us are stuck waiting these last four days before we can finally partake in Solid Snake’s final mission. We’ll keep you covered until then.