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Metal Gear Solid HD Collection slithers into Europe on Feb. 3, 2012 [update: US on Nov. 8]

Konami has announced a European release date for the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, an enhanced assembly of Hideo Kojima’s playful, odd and utterly Byzantine stealth saga. (Well, most of it.) It’ll be in shops for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 3, 2012.

We’ve contacted Konami via uncompressed codec to confirm the HD collection’s North American release date, which most retailers and rental outlets still list as November 8th, 2011.

[Update: Konami has confirmed that date.] A Limited Edition packing a 450-page art book will also be available, as will this repeated reminder of what you’re getting in the box: Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. The Subsistence edition of MGS3 also includes Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.

The nested novelty of playing an MSX game inside a PS3 port of a PS2 game sounds too good to resist!



Solid Snake peace walk through a village in HD


Start erasing all those memories you have with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on PSP, as Kojima Productions is currently updating the game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as part of the MGS HD Collection. Get a fresh taste of said HD-ification in the clip above. Watch out for that helicopter … thing, Snake!


Collect the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Limited Edition

The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection adds much fancier in-game visuals to what were once PS2 and PSP games. And now Konami is adding some cosmetic enhancements to the packaging, as well, at least for those willing to splash out a little more.

The HD Collection will be available in a Limited Edition, with new box art by series artist Yoji Shinkawa and an exclusive art book. No pricing details have been announced — but, then, no pricing details for the standard retail or downloadable versions have been announced either. So whatever the standard one costs, this one will cost a little more than that.


9 Minute MGS Peace Walker HD Gameplay

Here’s a video that we shot of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. The video features the Peace Walker demo. The game has taken nicely to the HD upgrade, oh and there’s Dualshock controls. Hallelujah!


Bluepoint Games offers insight into MGS, Ico, God of War remake process

At one point, God of War, Ico, and Metal Gear Solid games were all being made in the same location … in Austin, Texas. Well, remade, anyway. Bluepoint Games, the company behind the God of War, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, and Metal Gear Solid HD Collections, recently explained elements of its process to Edge.

According to company president Andy O’Neil, Bluepoint reverse engineers the games, rather than collecting the original source files and recompiling. “The problem with source asset drops is that you don’t know if it’s the final shipped data,” O’Neil said. “People will go and make last-minute changes.”

Of course, Bluepoint is careful to keep the games running as-is, even when that keeps bugs found in the original versions. Some bugs were fixed for the PAL Shadow of the Colossus update — “But it was a deliberate decision: this can break the game,” O’Neil explained. “But we won’t change anything without talking to the original developers.”


Risk: Metal Gear Solid sneaking out sometime soon

Metal Gear Solid and the board game Risk are fusing in some intricate collaboration that we’d fully explain to you, but it would require a 90-minute cut scene. Here’s the basic premise of Risk: Metal Gear Solid: players control one of five Private Military Companies vying for global dominance, by using a variation of the Risk 2008 rules update.

The game board consists of the standard six zones and 42 territories, along with an Outer Haven battleship addition. There are also 275 custom plastic pieces representing the five PMCs, neutral armies and cities; 8 Boss Cards, 40 Drebin’s Cards, 42 Territory Cards and 8 Rewards that can be earned.

The board game will be available exclusively through, beginning “presale” on October 3 for $50. No official launch date has been given. In the meantime, you can always play Risk: Halo Wars.


Metal Gear Solid 3D arrives early 2012

Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater will arrive in 2012, according to series creator Hideo Kojima. The detail confirms wonky words from Konami in late July that the game wouldn’t make its announced 2011 launch.

Andriasang also reported that Kojima gave an “early to mid 2012” release window for the Zone of the Enders HD Collection. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will launch in Japan on November 23, with the North American launch “this winter.”


Transfarring only coming to Japanese versions of MGS HD

The coming PS3 HD edition of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was supposed to include Hideo Kojima’s cloud-saving gem, Transfarring, to share game saves between the PSP and PS3 — notice the past tense “was supposed to.” Transfarring will only be available in Japan when Peace Walker releases in November, according to Konami’s information packet from TGS 2011.

Kojima had previously said Transfarring would be available for every Kojima Productions release in the future, although to be fair, he didn’t say where it would be available. Even if Kojima only releases it for himself and he spends the remainder of his days Transfarring, alone, that’s still technically available. It’s also kind of rude.

We’ve contacted Konami for clarification.


MGS HD Collection coming to Japan on November 23

So much for a stealthy infiltration to retail: Konami has announced that the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is slated for a Japanese launch of November 23 (as reported by Japanese games blog Game Jouhou). Word came during Konami’s stage show event during TGS 2011 today — err, that may be tomorrow. We’re still not sure how the whole time thing works over there.

Outside of launch window, Konami revealed the game would have a special feature allowing players to view select scenes in either traditional full frame (4:3) or in the now-norm widescreen mode (16:9). Additionally, the PS3 version will come with a download voucher for the original Metal Gear Solid on PSN. An Xbox 360 incentive is currently being decided.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is slated to launch in North America “this winter.”


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