The Metal Gear series will return, Konami promises

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

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

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain - Konami


Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain – KonamiPhoto credit: Konami

After Kojima’s departure in 2015, Konami released just one more Game in the series.

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

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

Since then, Konami’s Metal Gear lineup has been largely ignored.

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

Reportedly, despite the series’ popularity, Konami had let the license for the games expire.

The Official Japanese Metal Gear Twitter Account released a statement celebrating the game’s 35th anniversary.

In it, Konami says it will put previously delisted games back on sale.

As translated by GLHF, the tweet reads:

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

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

While no specific date has been given, it’s likely 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 developed and directed the award-winning Death Stranding with Kojima Productions.

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

Kojima Productions has also announced it is considering legal action after false rumors spread 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 arrested at the scene with a homemade shotgun and has since confessed to the crime.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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