After staying silent on rumors for the past weeks, Konami has finally come out and officially announced the release of Metal Gear Solid The Legacy Collection.
“We wanted to give Metal Gear Solid fans the opportunity to experience the series from beginning to end, all on one console,” said Konami president Tomoyuki Tsuboi. “With the collection’s multiple titles, players can truly see how Metal Gear Solid evolved into the critically acclaimed and beloved franchise it is today.”
Information about the game collection was initially leaked by the Korean Game Rating Board listing, though the series creator; Hideo Kojima fueled the fires of the rumors by tweeting an image of the game logo.
The game logo featured 5 images of the series protagonists. Showing images of Naked Snake from Snake Eater; Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, Sons of Liberty and Guns of the Patriots as well as Big Boss from Portable OPs, the logo was indicative of the games that this collection has to offer.
Spanning more than a decade and entries from across 4 consoles, this hefty collection will include the following games:
Metal Gear Solid
The pioneer 3D game of the series, Metal Gear Solid was released to the original PlayStation in 1998. The version of the game available in the collection is the same one that is currently available for purchase on PlayStation Network.
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions
Featuring over 300 (non-canon) missions and alternate fight scenarios, VR: Missions was initially released part of Metal Gear Solid: Integral in 1999.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty: HD Edition
This game is basically an HD version of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, which was released in the Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. This version of the game includes 2001’s Metal Gear Solid 2 as well as the extras included in the Metal Gear Solid: Substance version from 2003.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: HD Edition
Just like the case in the previous entry, this game is also essentially an HD version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, which is available in the market in the form of Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection. This version of the game includes Metal Gear Solid 3, which was released in 2004, as well as extras present in the Subsistence version (2006) of the game, including the MSX versions of the original two games in the series; Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Trophy Edition
The game that wrapped up the story for the series protagonist; Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was released exclusively for PS3 in 2008. This version of the game features trophy support, which was absent in the original game, and was added to it in 2012 via a free online patch download.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker: HD Edition
Peace Walker was a sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3 and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and was released for PSP in 2010. Just like the case with the previous entries for Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, this version of the game was also released as a part of the 2011’s Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection. The HD Edition features up-scaled graphics as well as the additional “Transfarring” feature which allows players to transfer their save files from PS3 to PSP and vice versa to enjoy a seamless console and portable experience.
Metal Gear Solid: Graphic Novels
Published by IDW Publications and created by Ashley Wood, the graphic novels feature the comic book retelling of tales of Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2. Both of these have had Digital Graphic Novel releases; the first one in 2006 and the second was released in 2008 for Japanese market only.
While it’s indeed a generation spanning collection, it does feature some notable exclusions. Conspicuously absent is Metal Gear Solid: Portable OPs, which was released for the PSP in 2006 as well as Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes, a 2004 remake of the original Metal Gear Solid with remake graphics and gameplay editions bringing it to the standard of 2001’s Metal Gear Solid 2. Though perhaps due to the fact that Nintendo published and Silcon Knights developed the Twin Snakes exclusively for Nintendo’s GameCube, there may have been complications related to distribution rights.
Interestingly, after the recent reveal about David Hayter not being a part of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V, this new collection essentially combines all of David Hayter’s contributions (barring the PSP exclusive Portable Ops) to the Metal Gear Universe into one nice package.
Though no price point or specific date has been announced yet, Metal Gear Solid The Legacy Collection is set for a June 2013 release in the American market for the PS3 platform only. Its seems like the PC and Xbox 360 owners will have to sit this one out.