Metal Gear series will return promises Konami


KONAMI has issued a statement promising the return of one of its most beloved franchises, Metal Gear.

The famous publisher is rumoured to have fallen out with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, leading to Kojima leaving the company to form his own independent studio, Kojima Productions. 

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain – Konami

After Kojima’s departure in 2015, Konami released just one further game in the series.

However, 2018’s Metal Gear Survive was both a critical and commercial failure for the company. 

Not only did it score poorly in reviews, but it sold 95% fewer copies in its first week of sales than Kojima’s last entry, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Since then the Metal Gear series has been largely ignored by Konami. 

In November 2021, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater were removed from online storefronts. 

According to reports, despite the series popularity, Konami had allowed the license to expire on the games. 

The official Japanese Metal Gear Twitter account released a statement for the game’s 35th anniversary. 

In it, Konami says that it will be putting previously delisted games back on sale. 

As translated by GLHF, the tweet says: 

“Today Metal Gear celebrates its 35th anniversary, first released on July 13, 1987.

“We are making preparations to resume the sale of temporarily unavailable titles.”

While no specific date was given, it seems likely that the games will return soon to coincide with the anniversary.

Fans are particularly excited about the announcement as Konami often refuses to answer questions about the series.

Hideo Kojima has since gone on to develop and direct the award-winning Death Stranding with Kojima Productions.

The studio is currently working on a sequel, as well as a game on behalf of Xbox Game Studios. Little about these titles is currently known.

Kojima Productions has also announced that it is considering legal action, following the spread of false rumours that Kojima assassinated former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Several news sources and a french politician used images of Kojima when reporting on Abe’s murder.

Tetsuya Yamagami was apprehended at the scene carrying a homemade shotgun, and has since confessed to the crime.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.


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