Nobody was happy to learn of the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots delay. Initially, it was expected to arrive some time this fall, but we learned earlier this year that MGS4 wouldn't arrive until Q1 or Q2 of next year. Perhaps all you fans out there were wondering why…why do we have to wait?

According to Kotaku, it seems this delay is necessary, and a good thing for Konami and Kojima Productions. Today, Konami held a closed door investors meeting in Tokyo, and Chief Financial Officer Noriaki Yamaguchi emphasized that Konami is "committed to a first-quarter release next year." This would translate to a release window between April and July in Japan, but no guarantees for other regions. Konami of Australia, for example, recently sent out a press release with the unfortunate news that gamers down under shouldn't expect this title before June 2008. But we've never really understood the reason for this significant delay…

At the meeting, Konami said- "We want to work on the quality that is warranted for a MGS title." Well, yeah, we've heard that before, and it's perfectly valid. We always want the best possible product, and if we have to wait a bit longer, so be it. However, it doesn't end there. Financially speaking, it makes sense to release MGS4 at the start of a new fiscal year; rather than split it between 2007 and 2008, Konami would rather have 12 straight months of sales. Oh, tricky. Is this part of the reason why Take-Two delayed Grand Theft Auto IV until around the same time period?

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

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