Konami confirms plans to re-launch delisted Metal Gear Solid games
Are remasters of Classic Metal Gear Solid games planned?
Published: 14th July 2022 | Source: Konami |
Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 should soon return to sale on digital platforms
Towards the end of 2021, Konami delisted the digital versions of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 from all digital storefronts. These delisting were due to both games' use of historical footage, which was licensed. For PC gamers, this removed Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance from GOG. Sadly, Metal Gear Solid 3 never released for PC.
As part of a Metal Gear 35th anniversary tweet, Konami confirmed that "preparations are underway to make the temporarily removed titles available again." Hopefully, this means that Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 will be available for sale once again sometime in the near future. Sadly, no other details were revealed.
Right now, it is unknown when Konami will be able to relist the digital versions of Metal Gear Solid 2/3. Sadly, none of these delisted games is available to purchase for a current-generation hardware platform, aside from the aforementioned PC version of Metal Gear Solid 2 on GOG. The newest hardware platform to support these games is Nvidia's Shield TV platform, which was launched in 2015.
Once Konami renews its licensing agreements, the company may invest in re-releases for both games on modern platforms. The Metal Gear Solid franchise is well known and would benefit from an HD remastered collection for modern systems. If nothing else, it would be good to see Metal Gear Solid 3 arrive on PC or see Metal Gear Solid 4 outside of PlayStation 3 for that matter.
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