Konami announced that it will pull the plug on Metal Gear Online on June 12. The first phase of this shutdown will be the closure of the Metal Gear Online shop on March 21. The only silver lining for fans is that all expansions in the store will become free April 24 until the game shuts down completely in the summer. Also, beginning on April 24, gamers will not be able to register characters.
Metal Gear Online launched in 2008 on the same date that Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots was released and was made available as a separate download in Japan. The online shooter amassed more than 1 million worldwide users.