Hideo Kojima struggled to get live-action clips in Metal Gear Solid, not for technical reasons but because of a lack of contacts.
It’s an interesting point to make considering last year Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 were both removed from digital sale owing to licensing issues with the use of historical footage.
A statement from Konami at the time read: “We are currently working on renewing the licenses for select historical archive footage used in-game, therefore, we have made the temporary decision to begin suspending the sale of Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and all products that include these games from digital storefronts globally starting from 8th November 2021.”
Since then, following the 35th anniversary of the series, the official Metal Gear account tweeted: “We ask for your patience as preparations are underway to make the temporarily removed titles available again.”
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