On the heels of the Metal Gear franchise’s 35th anniversary, Konami is preparing to re-release a number of Metal Gear games, according to a tweet from the official Metal Gear Twitter account.
Translated, the tweet reads “The “METAL GEAR” series released on July 13, 1987 celebrated its 35th anniversary today. We are preparing to resume sales of titles that have been temporarily suspended.”
While there isn’t much in the way of specifics, there’s a good chance that the games in question will be Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater, which Konami removed from digital storefronts in November 2021 due to licensing issues regarding “select historical archive footage” featured in the games. It seems that the licensing issues have been resolved, and while they won’t be making it in time for a big 35th anniversary promo, such a re-release would mean new and old Metal Gear fans will get their hands on these gaming classics again in the near future.
First released in 1987, the Metal Gear series was a pioneering stealth game on consoles, with mechanics emphasizing quiet infiltration and the intelligent use of gadgets and environments to bypass or defeat foes, bound up in sprawling technothriller plots exploring war, arms proliferation and cutthroat geopolitics.
Much of the franchise formula was defined by the influence of Hideo Kojima, who has since moved on from Konami after the release of the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain. That infamously messy breakup would lead to Kojima forming his own studio, Kojima Productions, which released Death Stranding in 2019 and is now working in partnership with Xbox Game Studios on a new game.