While Metal Gear fans will likely be disappointed that they’ll have to wait until 2015 for The Phantom Pain, cryptic new comments from series creator Hideo Kojima suggests that there might be a consolation prize set for release this year. A tweet from Kojima presenting an image, seemingly taken from some sort of presentation, that simply bears the words ‘Metal Gear Collection 2014’ and the Kojima Productions logo.
All in all, we’re not given very much to go on, but there are a couple things about the mysterious project that we perhaps might infer. First, the conspicuous absence of the word ‘solid’ might give us a clue as to what games are to be included in the collection. The most notable titles in the series have been released under the Metal Gear Solid moniker, in reference to the central character of those games, Solid Snake—however, as fans will be well aware, the Solid games are only part of a larger lineage.
The earliest two games in the series were simply named Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, and in more recent years, spinoffs like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Metal Gear Acid have similarly dropped the word “Solid” from their titles. Given that the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection—both of which include both the first two games and either most or all of the Solid series—have been released within the last five years, you would have to expect that this new collection would have to include something else to sweeten the deal.
At Kojima Station tomorrow, we will show a bit of MGSV info prior to TGS. Stay tuned!— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 10, 2014
However, it could well turn out that the only difference between this and prior releases is that it makes its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and it perhaps includes Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The strange choice of naming convention does, however, seem to suggest something a bit more comprehensive for long-time fans, but for now Kojima’s tease is all we have to go on. However, we might not have too long to wait; Kojima also Tweeted that more info regarding The Phantom Pain is on its way today, ahead of a showcase at the Tokyo Game Show later this month—both prime opportunities to dish out some details on the ‘Metal Gear Collection’.
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