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What could be in store for Metal Gear’s 30th anniversary?

This year marks a special occasion. On July 13th 2017 the Metal Gear series will have its 30th anniversary. On July 13th 1987 the first game in the series, simply called Metal Gear, was released in Japan for the MSX2 system. So, what will Konami do to celebrate this special occasion? As we all know, the company went through a bit of a crisis when the creator of the series and long-time employee Hideo Kojima left, along with several others who have been important to the series. On top of that, Konami closed their brand new Los Angeles studio. However, the company is still planning to continue working with the series, and it remains ‘extremely important’ to them. Of course, we have Metal Gear Survive coming, but other than that we haven’t heard much from Konami in regards to Metal Gear’s upcoming 30th anniversary. So what else could the studio do to celebrate and pay tribute to the past three decades of one of the biggest and most beloved franchises in gaming?

Ultimate Collection containing MGS1, 2, 3, 4, PW, GZ and TPP

A rerelease of the mainline Metal Gear Solid games on current generation hardware is one of the most often heard requests from the Metal Gear fanbase. The only problem here seems to be Metal Gear Solid 4, which was made specifically for the PlayStation 3 hardware and includes multiple references to the machine and other Sony devices. For whatever reason, this is the only game in the series that has never appeared on another platform. In any case, an ‘ultimate’ release with all the mainline MGS games in the series would surely make a lot of people happy. Just keep the name of the creator on the box, please.

Metal Gear Solid 3 remake announcement

Every Metal Gear fan will have seen them by now: the gorgeously rendered scenes from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater that appeared online last year. There was only one problem though, they were not part of a remake of the beloved third entry in the series, but instead they were made for a pachislot machine based on the game. Regardless, seeing the familiar scenes from Snake Eater get this kind of visual upgrade has sparked interested in a true remake for current generation platforms. This is also one of the safest routes Konami could take after the departure of Kojima (and many other Kojima Productions staff members) as long as they stay faithful to the original. They could rework the visuals and perhaps implement gameplay mechanics or control schemes from Metal Gear Solid V in some way.

MGS movie trailer reveal

The Metal Gear Solid movie was announced at Metal Gear’s 25th Anniversary Event, alongside Ground Zeroes. So far, we haven’t seen a single snippet of footage, and information has been very scarce. What we do know is that the film is being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Jay Basu, with Avi Arad serving as the producer. It may look like this movie is vaporware, but it was never official cancelled, and a recent tweet by the director implies it is still in the works. What better place to debut the first trailer – or, more likely, teaser – than during the series’ 30th anniversary?

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