An alleged Microsoft employee writing for Destructoid has confirmed that ´Metal Gear Solid 4´ will be released on Xbox360 no more than one year after the PlayStation3 version. There was also talk of a dedicated ´MGS´ game for Wii.
The article has apparently been subjected to a ´Cease and Desist´ order, which would have required the author to remove it. Instead, he censored the content. Originally, the article read, according to Ninjabattle:
I have been waiting for many months to finally say this, and today is the day. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will not be a PS3 exclusive after all. It has been confirmed that it will make its way to the Xbox 360 in 2008.
There is no true date set for the release at this point, but November of 2008 has been mentioned. This is not set in stone as Konami is working with Microsoft to bring the date forward as much as possible. MGS4 for the 360 will also come with exclusive content and gameplay that will not be in the PS3 version of the game. Some of this content is VR missions, as well as "Snake Tales" or "Snake in the Valley" (depending on where you live), which will let you go on objective based missions, some of which are very lengthy. These are the first two bonuses to emerge so far, but be ready to expect even more.
Konami is also in talks with Nintendo to bring a Metal Gear Solid game to the Wii. MGS4 would obviously have to be slimmed down if the chose to port the title to Nintendo's console. We already know that Snake will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros., so this (along with the 360 news) doesn't come as much of a surprise.
On a personal note. HAHAHAHA! Hey Sony fanboys: At least you all have a Blu-ray player for the next year or two until that fails as well.
In the comments to the story on Destructoid, the author writes:
Source is me asking and getting confirmation from someone at Konami, and someone at MS. This is not a joke. (...)
Like this hasn't happened on every single other version on MGS. Its not a big surprise at all. The announcement hasn't been officially made yet, but the source works for Konami, and I know for a fact that MS has been negotiating this for months. (...)
there are some things i cant say. i made it pretty clear "Nintendo to bring a Metal Gear Solid game to the Wii." that doesnt mean mgs4 do it? Metal Gear Solid Game!
I deliberately skipped the most recent rumour about this game going multi-platform, since Hideo Kojima himself said that ´MGS4´ was "for the PS3 only so far." And you can tell by this post being part V that there had been numerous indications prior to that statement.
For one, there was Microsoft Germany´s Boris Schneider-Johne commenting on Sony losing exclusivity of ´Devil May Cry 4´:
One down, two to go
1. Devil May Cry
2. Final Fantasy
3. Metal Gear Solid
For all other past rumours concerning this topic, please read ´Metal Gear Solid 4´ no longer PS3 exclusive?, part IV.
Sources: Destructoid, Ninjabattle
Thanks to: Anonymous, Cheswick, Digital Spy