Metal Gear Solid 4 is finally sneaking onto the PlayStation Store

mgs4_screenshot_d1230_04We kinda didn’t even realize that it was never made available digitally after all these years, but Konami has announced today that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PS3 is officially, finally, headed to the PlayStation Store.

The digital version, which at 30GB is rather large for a PS3 title, launches on December 16th for $19.99.

Read on for the announcement.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced the digital release debut of METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS via the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system on December 16, 2014, for an SRP of $19.99. The release marks the first time the acclaimed tactical espionage game has been made available as a digital download.

METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS is set in a battle-scarred future where huge conglomerates fight for supremacy using armies of handpicked mercenaries. This devastated world is seen through the battle-weary eyes of an older Solid Snake who is tasked with infiltrating a number of key locations across the globe, including the Middle East and South America. Snake?s story delivers a deep and involved campaign, filled with eclectic characters that push the aged hero to his limits.

Originally released in 2008, the groundbreaking METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS was the series? first exploration of non-linear stages, heralded the addition of a remote-controlled ?Metal Gear Mk. II? droid — the revolutionary OctoCamo suit that allows Snake to blend in with his surroundings — and introduced an enhanced Close Quarters Combat (CQC) system. All of these elements have been carried forward and are being implemented on a larger scale for the upcoming, highly-anticipated METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.

METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS for the PlayStation Network will be a 30 GB download.