Metal Gear Solid 4's online offering ends this summer

Metal Gear Online, the multiplayer component to Metal Gear Solid 4 (which you likely haven't even thought about in three years), will go offline this summer.

Kotaku translated the end of operation details from Konami, which will begin with the MGO shop ceasing to be on March 21. By April, it will be impossible to make new characters. Finally, the whole thing comes to an end on June 21.

Some may quip that this sounds like the most convoluted and extended conclusion ever to a game's online component. To them we say: Would you expect anything less from Metal Gear?

Update: Metal Gear Online is scheduled to go offline on June 12, not on June 21.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.