To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Metal Gear series, Konami is resuming sales of previously suspended titles.
The metal gear series of games are considered some of the best stealth action titles the genre has to offer. They’re iconic games that have managed to grow a following of die-hard fans, even if they can be a little silly at times. In any case, the crazy moments of the Metal Gear games, like making a box the ultimate stealth tool, have helped the series cultivate its 35-year lifespan. July 13, 2022 will be 35 years since the first Metal Gear game was unveiled and Konami wants to celebrate this anniversary.
It seems the most important thing Konami wants to do to celebrate Metal Gear turning 35 is to resume sales of “temporarily suspended” sales. While Konami wasn’t exactly sure which titles would return, fans assumed that this recent tweet means Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will be available to play again. This would likely mean that the licensing issues that caused Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 to be pulled from stores have ended.
It was assumed this would be a temporary issue, but that didn’t stop fans worrying that they might not be able to play some of their favorite Metal Gear Solid titles anymore. Initially, all versions of both games were removed from digital storefronts in November 2021, meaning an eight-month wait is likely to be over for players. Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 are fondly remembered by fans of the franchise, with both games seen as some of the best the series has to offer.
While many will be happy to see sales of these games resume, it is currently unknown when they will be available for purchase again in online stores. At one time, there were rumors of a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake, which many fans would probably welcome since the last version of the game was released in 2011. With news about that becoming quiet and Konami confirming only older versions of the game will be available for purchase, it looks like it could be a long time before fans get to see a remake of that game.
However, many are happy that Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 probably won’t disappear from digital storefronts forever. While the fear of this may seem great, many gamers are currently concerned about the future of video game preservation.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was released in 2001 for PlayStation 2, original Xbox and Windows. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was released in 2004 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.