Video games outlet Gematsu reports that the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee rated several classic Konami I.P.’s for a release on PC. Amidst these games that might eventually land on computers is none other than three of Hideo Kojima’s most iconic entries into the stealth genre.
Gematsu’s article reveals that Konami intends to make the original 1987 Metal Gear natively playable for modern PC gamers, as well as Metal Gear Solid, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Subsistence.
Aside from Solid Snake’s adventures, a Konami collection pack was also listed, which is based on both Castlevania and Contra NES compilations that were ported to PC back in November 2002. The ‘Konami Collector’s Series’ includes both Contra and Super Contra, as well as Castlevania, Castlevania 2 Simon’s Quest, and Castlevania 3 Dracula’s Curse.
What is weird about Konami intending to do a ‘Collector’s Series’ re-release is that more extensive Contra and Castlevania packs can already be purchased on Steam for players who find themselves in a particularly nostalgic mood.
A Metal Gear re-release on modern PC’s, however, makes more sense since this could give both old fans and younger audiences an opportunity to add these masterpieces to their collection. Both Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 apparently had PC releases in the past, but good luck finding a retail platform willing to sell either games these days.
Technically, the original Metal Gear was also a PC release since it came out on the MSX in 1987, but the game officially remained the privilege of consoles from then on.
This ‘re-release’ is also likely related to making older Konami games available for purchase on next-gen consoles. Given the somewhat limited backwards compatibility of the PS5, we can expect this practice of re-releasing to become more commonplace, which is fine by me if PC gamers can also reap the benefits!
Beyond that, there isn’t much more information to go on regarding dates, pricing and which clients will support this intriguing move by Konami, so we will have to wait and see.
Now, Konami, start working on Metal Gear Solid 3 and 4 ports for PC next. Just do it. You know you want to…
Pieter hails all the way from the tip of southern Africa and suffers from serious PC technophilia. Therapists say it is incurable. Now he has to remind himself constantly that gaming doesn’t count as a religion even if DRM is the devil. Thankfully, writing reviews sometimes helps with the worst symptoms.