Konami has announced that it will be shutting down Metal Gear Online, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ online component.
Konami will be executing this shut down in waves. They will start by shutting down the Metal Gear Online shop on March 21st. Expansion Packs will be available for free download on April 24th the following month, as will Reward shop equipment. Finally, on June 12th, the online service will shut down completely.
The online component for Metal Gear Solid 4 has been in operation for four years, but it seems that now the system is going down. It is unknown at this time whether or not Konami will be implementing some new online system for future games or not.
[Source: Game Informer]