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In a rare move, it seems Konami has actually remembered that it used to make video games. After being unavailable for PC for nearly two decades, gamers finally have a chance to play through the iconic PlayStation classic Metal Gear Solid and its sequel Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance via GOG.com - starting today.
While this isn't the first time either game has been released on PC, it is the very first time that either title has been re-released on a digital storefront. Both games are sure to look a little rough around the edges on modern PC hardware, but it's my fervent hope that before long modders are able to work their magic and bring entirely new levels of polish to the games.
Metal Gear Solid and its sequel aren't the only Konami games available via GOG today, though. The original Metal Gear and Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra have also been added to the store, which is fantastic news for gamers after an old-school fix this weekend.
This news comes just days after the rumours that Konami and PlayStation are working together to release a ground-up remake of Metal Gear Solid, exclusively for PlayStation 5. YouTube channel RedGamingTech claims to have heard from a source with a "100% track record" that Metal Gear Solid is definitely bound for the next-gen, and it's definitely more than a simple port or remaster.
This same source also suggested that Metal Gear Solid, as well as its sequels 2, 3, and 4 are being re-released for PC. As we can see from today's announcement, they were at least half right. Of course there's every chance that the third and fourth entries in the series could join GOG soon, so watch this space.
As excited as I'm sure PC gamers are to dive back into the PlayStation classic, I can't stop thinking about how great a full remake of Metal Gear Solid would be. With any luck, today's PC re-release is a complete hit, so much so that it reminds Konami just how much we all love the Metal Gear franchise and would like to see Snake starring in more than Pachinko machines in the near future.
It's definitely something the fans want to see, too. Not long after Microsoft's surprising purchase of Bethesda Softworks and all of its major franchises earlier this week, PlayStation loyalists were calling on Sony to snap up Konami.
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