Konami to axe always-online DRM on Metal Gear Rising PC

Single-player title currently requires internet connection at all times

The newly-released PC version of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance has acquired a feature not present in the year-old console versions - always-online DRM.

The PC version of Platinum Games' action brawler was released via Steam on Thursday. Yet, despite the game only featuring an offline single-player campaign, it can only be played with a continuous connection to the internet.


A Konami representative, writing on Twitter, claims the company is planning to reverse the measure.

"We are aware of the offline play issue for Metal Gear Rising for Steam and are working on a fix. Please stay tuned for more updates," the representative said.

Update: The fix has been implemented.

It is unclear if the always-online DRM was intended to be implemented into the game. Currently, the Platinum Games-developed title is entirely inaccessible in Steam's 'offline mode', and if a player loses connection during play, the game shuts down.

Revengeance, released on Xbox 360 and PS3 in February 2013, and casts players as the MGS2 protagonist Raiden in an action-brawler spin-off.

At $29.99, the PC version of the game includes all three previously released DLC missions (Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions) and customized body upgrades for Raiden (White Armor, Inferno Armor, Commando Armor, Raiden's MGS4 body, and the Cyborg Ninja).