Delisted Metal Gear Solid Games Returning For 35th Anniversary

Konami has announced that the delisted ports of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 will be coming back as part of the series’ 35th anniversary.

Konami has announced that the delisted Metal Gear Solid games will be returning as part of the series’ upcoming anniversary celebrations. Metal Gear Solid celebrates its 35th anniversary this month, as the original Metal Gear launched on the MSX on July 13, 1987.

There are some companies that have no problem remaking or remastering their old titles for modern platforms, as is the case with Square Enix and the DragonQuest and Final Fantasy series, or Capcom and the street fighter games. Tea Metal Gear Solid series is a bit more inconsistent with remakes and remasters, with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots remaining on the PS3, and the original Metal Gear Solid (as well as its Twin Snakes remake on the Nintendo GameCube) seeing sporadic releases over the years, with the most recent being the version of Metal Gear Solid ported to the PC.


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Fans weren’t expecting much from the Metal Gear Solid 35th anniversary celebrations, even with the rumors of a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater making the rounds. It turns out that Konami does have something planned, as the official Metal Gear Twitter page (translated by Video Games Chronicle) has announced that the company is working on bringing back the delisted Metal Gear Solid games to digital store fronts. There is currently no word regarding when the games will be relisted.

The games in question are the HD ports of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, which are available individually or as part of collections on the PS3, PS Now (now called PlayStation Plus Extra), PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, GoG, and Nvidia Shield. The reason the games were delisted is that they use archival footage and the license for the footage has expired. Konami is working on renewing the licenses so that these games can be returned to digital storefronts. It bears mentioning that the HD port of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was unaffected by the issue and is still available for purchase, except in instances where it was included in a collection with the delisted games.

The public falling out between Metal Gear Solid series creator Hideo Kojima and Konami has led many fans to believe that the franchise is done, especially as Kojima has moved on to bigger and better things with his own studio. It seems that the Metal Gear Solid series isn’t quite done yet and fans will still be able to play the classic entries for years to come. At the very least, fans should be happy that the Metal Gear Solid anniversary isn’t being celebrated with Konami NFTs, as was the case for Castlevania.

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Source: Metal Gear/TwitterVideo Games Chronicle

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