Konami Japan has delayed the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots by pushing it back to the second quarter of 2008 (April - June).

It seems to be a little confused in its official statement, however, which suggests the game was originally due to launch this winter, despite creator Hideo Kojima revealing at E3 this summer that it would be released simultaneously in spring 2008. Mmm, seasoning.

"Konami had initially intended to release Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots this winter and has been working on the production of the title," read the slightly baffling statement.

"Konami has decided to delay the title's release in order to make further improvements to the quality of the game and provide even greater enjoyment for more customers worldwide."

We had a chance to finally get our hands on the game at the recent Tokyo Game Show 2007 and were impressed with its improved accessibility as well as its stealthy bag full of new tricks.

Pop over to our hands-on impressions of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to find out more.

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