The Phantom Pain PS3 servers will be closed next year

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has done pretty well since its release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 almost exactly six years ago. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Konami has announced that the game’s PS3 servers will be shutting down at the end of May 2022, but they have no plans to shut down the PS4 servers. The PS4 version of the game will continue to be playable online after May 2022, and all DLC content will remain available on PlayStation Store.

As of today, August 31, PS3 players will no longer be able to purchase items from the MGS V: The Phantom Pain in game store. On November 30th all Phantom pain DLC related to Metal Gear online will also be removed from PlayStation Store. All items players have already purchased can be used until the game’s PS3 servers are taken offline at 06:00 UTC on May 31, 2022. The event schedule published by Konami also seems to suggest that the PS3 version of the game will be pulled from sale a few months before this date on March 1, 2022.

The closure of the PS3 servers means that one of the game’s trophies is no longer earnable. The “Intruder” trophy prompts players to participate in an Infiltration FOB mission. Since this involves infiltrating another online player’s FOB, this mode will be discontinued on May 31. If you didn’t get this trophy before the servers shut down, it also means that the platinum trophy is out of reach for you too. All offline modes of the game and associated trophies will remain available once the game’s servers are closed.

Metal Gear online Launched in Phantom pain a month after the game’s release. Unfortunately, the launch was plagued with server connectivity issues, prompting Konami to award all players 3000GP as compensation for the issues. The out-of-mode studio, Kojima Productions Los Angeles, was later closed as Konami tried to centralize its development activities. Nevertheless, many updates have helped MGO to improve and the service has continued until now.

[Source: Konami]