Edge writes: "Will Konami sneak into online gaming by the back door, or stumble through the front?
Selling an online shooter as a standalone product is a risky business at the best of times, and nowadays there aren't many who have the guts. Even the magnificent Team Fortress 2 ended up bundled in The Orange Box, while those titans of the genre, Quake and Battlefield, are both opting for the ad supported, free-to-play model for their next outings. And who can blame them? Singleplayer blockbusters like Halo 3 and Call Of Duty 4 are shipping with superb, feature-laden online multiplayer modes that can quite easily dominate the playlists for years at a time.
So it's the cause of quite a few raised eyebrows that Konami is choosing to split Metal Gear's multiplayer game off from Metal Gear Solid 4 and sell it on its own. What's more, Metal Gear Online's pedigree – the underwhelming multiplayer modes of MGS3: Subsistence and Portable Ops – is far from stellar. Is Konami simply stumbling in to the party far too late?"