A new Metal Gear Collection may be on its way to fans of the series this year, judging by a tweet by Hideo Kojima teasing the mysterious compilation. The Metal Gear Solid creator tweeted a photo of a projected image featuring the words “METAL GEAR COLLECTION 2014” along with the Kojima Productions logo.
Here's a tasty titbit from Kojima, master of teases.so far,it's all we know so far—but by gosh, I am going to speculate over those four words. For instance, could a new MGS collection signal the appearance of the series' back catalogue onto PC? I think it might.
This is nothing new. The last-gen saw plenty of HD re-releases. The difference this year is that both consoles contain PC-friendly x86 processors. The other difference is that there are less PS4s and Xbox Ones in circulation. There are a lot of PCs in circulation, many of which have a Steam account.
Which brings us to Metal Gear. It's no surprise that, when Metal Gear Solid V was announced for PC, it was done via a cheeky cardboard Steam box. Love it or hate it, Steam is an incredibly publisher-friendly platform. It offers a baked-in DRM solution, console-comparable infrastructure and, most importantly, a huge mass of users. From the publisher's perspective, it's a law-abiding safe haven in the PC's Wild West.
And let's be honest, Konami need to offer PC gamers MGSV's historical context. The series is barmy, and trying to decipher any of its overriding arcs would be near-impossible without having experienced the previous games. The idea of a new MGS collection coming to PC doesn't just make sense; it's practically a necessity.
There are questions, of course. How would MGS 1's Psycho Mantis fight play out with no second controller slot to plug into?* What about those annoying analogue-based face button controls the middle-entries to the series loved so much? Is it even possible to rescue MGS 4 from the degenerate hole of PS3 development? Then there's the possibility that the Metal Gear Collection 2014 is another bit of classic Kojima misdirection. A remake of the two original Metal Gear games? It's possible.
We'll not know for sure until the Tokyo Game Show, which kicks off September 18th.