If you’ve been looking for a good reason to replay Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patroits, you may just have one in the very near future. According to reports from Andriasang and Hideo Kojima himself, the game will soon be updated with a host of unlockable PlayStation Network trophies, as well as an option to ‘full install’ the game’s content to the PlayStation 3 hard drive.
Released back in 2008, the final chapter of Solid Snake’s adventure came about during the early days of the PlayStation 3, before Sony had properly implemented trophy support and requirements. Though many games from that period also lacked trophies, an update adding such things to Metal Gear Solid 4 remains one of the most frequently requested among dedicated PlayStation 3 gamers. On-and-off rumours over the years have lead a lot of fans to believe it would never happen, supported by Hideo Kojima’s reluctance to go back and add content. Four years later might be too late for some, but hey, better late than never.
In addition to trophy support, Metal Gear Solid 4 will be updated to include an option for full game content install. Due to the significant amount of audio and scripting data required for Metal Gear Solid 4‘s many real time cut-scenes, along with development difficulties with the slow data streaming speed of the PlayStation 3’s BluRay drive, the original release of Metal Gear Solid 4 required entire chapters to be installed to the hard drive prior to play. This frustrated some fans, not just for the install wait between chapter, but the inconvenience it introduced should players desire to replay favourite chapters. This update with reportedly install all of Metal Gear Solid 4 to the hard drive, allowing content to be streamed and loaded at any time.
This all comes about as the Metal Gear Solid series nears its 25th anniversary. Konami will be holding an celebratory event in Tokyo on 30 August 2012, and will likely further detail the patch then. Konami is also expected to announce a re-release of Metal Gear Solid 4 with the above content included on the disk.