Konami: No MGS4 hardware bundle for UK

Last week, Konami US confirmed that the "VERY, VERY Limited Edition" Metal Gear Solid 4 PlayStation 3 hardware bundle would be coming to the States, and would be available only through Konami's online store for $599, with preorders commencing May 19. The coveted bundle includes a gunmetal grey...

Last week, Konami US confirmed that the "VERY, VERY Limited Edition" Metal Gear Solid 4 PlayStation 3 hardware bundle would be coming to the States, and would be available only through Konami's online store for $599, with preorders commencing May 19. The coveted bundle includes a gunmetal grey 40GB PS3, a matching DualShock 3 controller, and a copy of Snake's swan song: the soon-to-be-released Metal Gear Solid 4.

While Europeans were left wondering if such a bounty would be bestowed upon them, Play.com announced a MGS4 limited edition which would also include a "6-inch Old Snake 'Olive Drab' action figure, The Making of Metal Gear Solid 4 documentary on Blu-ray Disc, [and] Official Metal Gear Solid 4 soundtrack" for a whopping £69.99.

Unfortunately for UK Snake lovers, there will not be any MGS limited edition bundles coming to the British Isles, with a Konami UK spokesperson confirming to GameSpot UK today that "no bundles other than the limited edition Play.com figurine set have been planned for the UK."

There is a hardware bundle coming from SCEE, but this hardly counts as it will contain just the standard version of the game, a standard black 40GB PS3, and a black Sixaxis controller.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will launch worldwide, rather unstealthily, on June 12.


You won't be seeing this for sale in the UK any time soon.

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Discussion

79 comments
nicecheese
nicecheese

at least 360 is a lot more fair with its system bundles

silent_riku
silent_riku

Uhm... news to Willie-the-pimp... the bundle is coming with the new DUAL 3... ever read CURRENT NEWS? the game is also rumble enabled so you'll be playing it WITH RUMBLE. And I'm sorry to my european buddies... don't feel too sad, Sony's just being the back stabbers they always are...

Joker_268
Joker_268

How gay is that, sony again stabs europeans in the back and will continue stabbing even though MORE FUC**** UNITS WERE SOLD IN EUROPE THAN AMERICA AND CANADA PUT TOGHETHER. (Wikipedia 4 life lol).

Willie-the-Pimp
Willie-the-Pimp

how can you play metal gear solid with just a sixaxis. rumble is so integral to the series.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I'm only buying the normal edition of the game, the UK limited edition is a complete rip off. They can shove it !

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

As usual Sony will continue to rip off European consumers and offer less for more !

kkkkknaruto
kkkkknaruto

ps3 is like the most highly appreciated console in europe yet they always get it in da @ss LMAO

arikkot
arikkot

@ MichaeltheCM If no-one was excluded, it wouldn't be limited. Not that it's right.

naked_snake1
naked_snake1

This has nothing to do with Sony folks, it was a Konami spokesperson that said it. Also, the fact that its a 40Gb bundle is because the 40 Gb version is the only one available in Europe now, it was only announced in like October or something. However I'm happy with my Eu launch 60Gb model and can't wait for MGS4 :D Getting the play.com limited edition XD

planetgloom
planetgloom

And the UK takes it in the ass again! first the massive ps3 delay then the rock band debacle then this. games distributers really hate our little isle huh.

NWA_31
NWA_31

Europe gets screwed once again. :|

andrius45
andrius45

thenephariouson I dont own a PS3, but i think this is madness, as it would surely have made a cartload more money for $ony. MADNESS, THIS IS SPARTA !!!!!!!!!!................................................................. wait a minute........................................THIS IS SONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelopower
Kelopower

"Does this mean I can still get the Play.com limted edition one still?" Does anyone have any clue if the MGS4 Play.com 40 GB bundle is still gonna come out? as its up for pre-order?

kkee
kkee

So are we/aren't we getting one? Play.com seem convinced we are, calling it an exclusive.

ereekthegr8
ereekthegr8

six hundred bucks for a system is just a rip off. you can get them on amazon right now for less than four hundred bucks. think about it. i bought my 60 GB ps3 for $430 & it works like a charm.

foxhunter10
foxhunter10

I want One, but.. What I can do? The reality say me "NATHING" This is a Sh!7 For my, and all the fans!!! T_T Sadness BUUUU

smithy11792
smithy11792

NOOO !!!!!!! way cant they bring the bundle out in the uk

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I know this is mainly a Konami lead decision HOWEVER it is ultimatey under $ony's control.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

why is it that when something limited comes out, someone or some place is always excluded?

ian_gorilla
ian_gorilla

Is it really any surprise that us brits aren't getting a special edition? look at it this way. When MGS2 was released over in the states and japan in late 2001,we had to wait until March 02' to get a copy and when they got MGS3 in late 2004,we had to wait until March 05'. So in all honesty,Konami propably doesn't care what we think if their gonna keep making the same mistakes when dealing with european gamers.

Dark_Nemesis19
Dark_Nemesis19

Who Cares about the Bundles. I just want to play the game :)

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

I'm really pissed off about this! Once again Europe gets screwed. I sometimes get the impression that Sony don't give a toss about Europe as they always seem to concentrate on Japan or the USA.

silverman2000
silverman2000

WTV nothing bad about it i don't like this color of ps3 black is the best!!

BlackTargetmark
BlackTargetmark

I haven't got a PS3 but I'm planning to get one this year. This bundle is interesting enough. And surely Sony wants a hug of revenue, that've been the weakness of PS3 since; the price. Anyway will it be released in Asia outside Japan?

other44
other44

where's the equality?

dutch777
dutch777

well that is just rubbish. i second animemed thoughts.

animemed
animemed

Why do we pay more money in the uk and we dont get the 80GB PS3 or this bundle. Thats why xbox is the best, they treat us just like the US we get everything they get. But i will be buying a secound hand 60GB PS3 just for MGS4 its worth it.

damageisking
damageisking

It's a shame, I'd pay anything to get that if it was released here in the UK, I even have a 60Gb PS3 and would get rid of it to get this..

kkee
kkee

The main thing with all of this is DualShock 3. Why exactly haven't we got DS3 yet?

lamprey263
lamprey263

that doesn't suck as much as the fact they're not even getting the 80gig PS3 w/ MGS4 bundle and backwards compatibility

Irve
Irve

we're still getting palmed off with the old stocks of sixaxis controllers rather than the DS3 .... but sony know that europe have a love affair with the Playstation and they could remove the bluray playback and it would still sell .... blind brand loyalty !! in the US i can't understand why people buy the 360 when it's only $50 more for the ps3 .. but here in europe i can't understand why people buy the PS3 considering it's $200 more than a 360 pro ! once sony starts treating us with a little respect so that we get BC, DS3 and a sensible price i will get a PS3 .... till then swivel !!

Bufta
Bufta

its very simple, In the uk Sony 's PS3 is doing very well, however in america their is a lot of catching up to do so Sony tend to put more effort into that area.

0201693
0201693

uk getting a bit left out, higher priced limited edition and no ps3 hardware bundle.......what the heck is up with that?

02sfraser
02sfraser

it was obviosu we werent getting it.....pre ordering my special edition game soon though :P:D

rwogh1
rwogh1

Sony has no say in this decision. The Limited Edition Bundle is strictly through Konami.

TrevSkyline
TrevSkyline

So Sony screw the Eurpoe market over AGAIN!!!!!!! Geez, why people still bother with them god only knows.....bloody fanboys.

Razzi65
Razzi65

surely no one for subcontinent too.... we love snake...toooooooooo

mike12431
mike12431

Why a 40 Gb ps3, why not an 80 Gb version instead? i wish sony would stick with the 60 gig because it had better backwards compatibility.

StarFox-Elite
StarFox-Elite

Oh wow game companies that are from the east fail Europe again...seriously Nintendo pissed me off with Brawl and made me get freeloader, now the only game I really thought would ever make me get a PS3 at such a high price in the UK isn't coming with a decent bundle now? Seriously are they trying to pilot a suicide run here or something? ...

el_sobon
el_sobon

People please... explain to me how is that is Sony's fault if it was KONAMI'S announcement. C'mon someday you are going to blame Sony for the 9/11 attacks. GROW UP!!!

el_sobon
el_sobon

People please.... explain to me how is that is Sony's fault if it was KONAMI'S announcement. One day you are going to blame Sony for the 9/11 attacks. GROW UP!!!

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

Dawg9000 says: "Dayum. Sucks to live in Europe if your a gamer." Correction! Sucks to live in Europe if you're a SONY gamer. Otherwise it's just fine with MS and Ninty ^^

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

Dayum. Sucks to live in Europe if your a gamer.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Well i see this as both a bad and good thing. Bad because well Konami would be losing out on some major profits but good as the fans out the UK won't have to be subjected to a rip off price tag bundle of getting a $599 40GB ps3 that doesn't even have all the capabilities of the much cheaper and bigger hardrive 80GB version!

BradW92
BradW92

Sony have always treated hteir british fan base like second class citizens no surprises there folks...

Razoroo
Razoroo

So there IS a bundle for the UK then? But not the good one with Dual Shock 3, right?

ghost867
ghost867

So wait, they won't get the 80GB MGS4 bundle ($500) or the 40GB MGS4 LE bundle ($600)? Well that kinda sucks. The LE bundle is overpriced and stupid in the first place, so that's not a huge deal. But the 80GB bundle getting sacked kind of sucks. Sure, they still get a 40GB system that comes bundled with the game, just like the GTA IV bundle. So it could be worse, but that does kinda suck.