Some Metal Gear Solid games will return to digital storefronts after being delisted last year. The Metal Gear Solid series is one of the most beloved franchises in video game history. Not only does it feature a rich cast of iconic characters and an engaging, layered story, but it also helped create the “stealth action” genre. Without him, we’re unlikely to have games like Splinter Cell, but he also opened the door to so many other franchises with his approach to storytelling. That said, the series is somewhat difficult to live with these days, as some of the best entries were released during the PS2 era and haven’t been remade over and over again like some other franchises. At the end of 2021, Konami had to withdraw from the list Solid Metal Gear 2 and 3 from a number of storefronts due to licensing issues, but they seem to be coming back.
For the 35th anniversary of the Metal Gear franchise, Konami took to Twitter to confirm that they are working to recover deleted versions of Metal Gear games from digital stores. It is likely to refer to Solid Metal Gear 2 and 3 despite the fact that these titles were not explicitly mentioned. The licensing issue revolved around historical images used in games and it looks like Konami has solved all of that. When these games re-list, players should be able to purchase and play the aforementioned Metal Gear Solid games on platforms such as Xbox Series X | S via Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. It’s unclear if this could open the door to proper remasters or remakes, but it seems relatively unlikely.
— メタルギア公式 (METAL GEAR) (@metalgear_jp) July 13, 2022
Either way, it’s good to hear that Konami is making an effort to try and keep the various Metal Gear Solid titles playable. Fans have taken issue with Konami over the years for largely dropping some of their biggest IPs and how they allegedly treated certain creator Hideo Kojima. Whether Metal Gear Solid has a future outside of that remains to be seen.
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