Word has come via Siliconera that the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is coming to North American Vitas this June.
And, second time around, it’s still missing the original Metal Gear Solid, and Peace Walker is off the table now as well.
Doesn’t Konami see what a golden opportunity this is? By including those two games they’d make the PS Vita version the ultimate Metal Gear Solid collection.
Konami, most likely, is saving Peace Walker HD for a separate SKU, but c’mon. Peace Walker was part of the PS3 and Xbox 360 package, so why is it missing from the PS Vita version? It would make sense, wouldn’t it? Especially since Transfarring has been confirmed between the the PS Vita and PS3 collections. Maybe Konami can’t fit all the games onto one PS Vita cartridge. That’s a reasonable excuse, I guess, but it just seems super odd they’re leaving Peace Walker out of the PS Vita equation altogether. It’s not even available on the Vita’s online store.
I asked a Konami rep via e-mail what Peace Walker‘s situation was and got: “Unfortunately we cannot comment on this at this time. Thanks for understanding.”
As for the first Metal Gear Solid, series director Hideo Kojima had this to say at the group interview our own Jeffrey L. Wilson attended:
“The problem with Metal Gear Solid 1 is that even if we upped the resolution and remastered it in hi-res, the polygon numbers themselves are too low in far, so it wouldn’t have that much a difference. Especially since Metal Gear Solid 1 is the most respected game in the series, I want to make sure it’s done right. If I remake it, I want to remake it on a scale of something like Metal Gear Solid 4.”
But let’s say Sony finally cracked the ancient secret that prevents the PS Vita from playing PS1 games, and the original Metal Gear Solid was available to download. It would be playable on the Vita anyway, so why not… throw a coupon in the collection for digital copies of Peace Walker and MGS1 for the Vita… even though… they’re not available on Vita yet…
Guh, it’s all so frustrating. Guess we’ll have to settle for our Metal Gear Solid HD Incomplete Collection.
In any case, here’s what’s unique to the Vita version:
- Touch screen control for selecting items and weapons
- Touch screen control for sneaking around corners
- Touch screen control for zooming in with binoculars (and snipers, assuredly) as well as during cutscenes
- “Transfarring” save data between the PS3 and PS Vita versions
- PS Vita Trophy support
- No Peace Walker
MGS2 is the Substance version, which means VR Missions, Alternative Missions, and Snake Tales are included (no word on Snakeboarding — it wasn’t included in the console version, so it’ll probably remain absent in this version), and MGS3 is the Subsistence edition which means the 3D camera’s back, the Demo Theater and the original MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake are available.
Now I can be really “entitled” (Buzzword of 2012) and wonder why Metal Gear Solid 3‘s version of Metal Gear Online isn’t included — how cool would that be — but I know that’s unreasonable, and unrealistic. It’s dead. Peace Walker and MGS1, however, are alive and kicking. The (almost) entire series could be represented on the PS Vita with their inclusion.
That would make the PS Vita version invaluable instead of just some even more incomplete, mini-me version of an already existing incomplete compilation. Konami, you can make it happen!
Oh, and because Metal Gear Solid trailers are always fun: