Konami announced today that online services for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its accompanying Metal Gear Online mode will be shut down for older platforms in 2022. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases will lose online features including the full multiplayer Metal Gear Online mode and the multiplayer aspects of Mother Base. Konami’s full announcement and timeline follow:
Thank you for playing METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. We regret to inform our users that online services for METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 will be terminated on 2022-05-31 6:00 (UTC).
・METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN
・METAL GEAR ONLINE
Schedule of Events (UTC)
2021-08-31 06:00 Termination of Purchase System
2021-11-30 06:00 MGO related items (DLC) no longer available for purchase
2022-03-01 06:00 Termination of Distribution
2022-05-31 06:00 Retirement of Service
* While the online service will end the main game will still playable offline.
* Please understand in advance that no refunds will be made for in-game items.
* Changes to the schedule may be made without prior notice.
Although not specified in the announcement, the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam versions of the game are presumably not impacted by this change. Thanks to Wakayama_PT for pointing out the update. I’ve added the relevant dates to the Watch List calendar.