The Metal Gear Solid database is already available as a free download from the PlayStation Store in the US and Japan. Konami has announced that the database will be available to download in Europe as part of this weeks PlayStation Store update. The Metal Gear Solid 4 database is a comprehensive archive detailing characters, weapons and plot elements from 1987’s original Metal Gear title right through to the most recent title.
The database allows users to search via three central hubs: GENE (a glossary), MEME (which maps the relationships between characters in the series), and SCENE (a timeline for the series). Users can jump from page to page using specific keywords, with the relevant information appearing instantly. All information relating to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, however, can only be accessed when the software detects a save data file created when the game has been completed, as to avoid spoiling the final adventure.