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Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 are Returning to Sale to Celebrate the Series’ 35th Anniversary

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Konami has announced that Metal Gear 2 and 3 will soon be back on sale. The announcement is part of the 35th-anniversary celebration of the Metal Gear series.

Players will soon be able to purchase the games Konami removed from sale in November 2021. The developer delisted the games because the licensing of the historical footage used in the games had expired. The videos include news footage of US President John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Konami assured fans that the delistings were temporary at the time of removal. However, it did not confirm the dates of reinstatement. We now have a glimmer of hope with the assurance that the games will be back on sale.

To resume selling the titles, Konami has two options. The developer can decide to remove the footage or obtain the license again. However, Konami did not confirm if it would extend the licenses or replace or eliminate the video snippets entirely. We can only wait to see. But the return of the classic games is excellent news regardless of the solution. 

MGS2 was launched in 2001, and MGS3 in 2004. The two games are classics that players and fans have rated highly. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty has a Metascore of 96, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater scores 94.   

More About Metal Gear 

Konami developed and released Metal Gear on July 13, 1987, on the MSX2 personal computer in Japan. The developer released the Nintendo Entertainment System version in North America a year later. The game is the foundation of the nine-game Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid franchises. The most recent installment in the series, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, launched in 2015. 

Metal Gear was the first game Hideo Kojima directed. He left Konami in late 2015. Konami would then release one more Metal Gear game, Metal


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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.