Konami, the company behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise has said that it is not too concerned with shops selling latest game in the series, the hotly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, ahead of the official 12 June release date.

"Unfortunately, these things happen", a Konami spokesperson told videogamer.com. "As much as we like see that no one breaks streets dates, no one can monitor every single moment that a title gets packed up for shipment and when its on its way to the stores ... The store could be at fault as well, for letting someone get a copy before the street date."

There are numerous reports that the game is already finding its way into the hands of gamers up and down the UK and via Wal-Mart in the US.

We will be bring you a review of the game in the very short future.