Konami‘s Metal Gear Solid franchise has been frequently said to contain some of the best games of all time. Well, in November last year it got way harder for fans to get into the franchise. Konami removed the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection from online stores, which included games like Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3. There’s been no clear word on when the titles will return. However, Konami has recently stated that they’re working to bring back those games to digital storefronts, maybe Konami’s Metal Gear franchise on the PS5 may become a reality, just in time for the franchise’s 35th anniversary.
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Why Were They Removed?
Konami delisted those games in November last year, the official reason given to us by them was that their licenses to use some of the historical footage in the game had expired. Konami stated at the time that the delisting was a temporary decision and that they were going to bring those games back soon. As of right now, it’s unclear whether or not they’ll renew the licenses, or make stylistic decisions and alter portions of the game.
As of right now, it’s unknown if the games will once again release for the PlayStation 3, or make their way to the PlayStation 5 as well. With PlayStation’s recently released PlayStation Plus Premium tier, which includes classic games for their consoles’ history, the Metal Gear Solid games could very well make their way to Sony’s latest console.
The Metal Gear Solid franchise is home to some of the greatest and most important games of all time, so we hope that these games will make their way to newer consoles as well.