Get ready to purchase old games that you probably already own all over again!
During Konami’s pre-E3 press conference today (which our lovely editor Blake Morse live-blogged for your viewing pleasure), the company announced not one, but THREE different HD collections for their various franchises. If you are a fan of the Silent Hill, Zone of the Enders, or Metal Gear Solid series, then you probably have a lot to celebrate today.
First up, Konami revealed the Silent Hill Collection which will package Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 in to one box set. Both games will be remastered in HD and presumably will be released for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Very little information was revealed about this collection, but I am definitely curious as to why Konami is leaving out the original Silent Hill.
Next, we have the very shocking but long-overdue Zone of the Enders Collection. This collected package will include Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. In addition to a high definition facelift, both games will take advantage of Konami’s new “Transfarring” service. This will allow players to swap save files back and forth between their PS3 and PSP, allowing them to continue exactly where they left off on either device. The curious part of this particular announcement is that neither Zone of the Enders games were ever released on the PSP, nor do they have any confirmed release on the Sony Vita (or NGP.) I suppose it is safe to assume that the Zone of the Enders Collection will be dropping on Sony handhelds around the same time as their console brethren. And, as an aside, I couldn’t be more excited about this specific bundle. The Zone of the Enders series is absolutely fantastic and everyone owes it to themselves to give this franchise a chance.
Finally, Konami announced what everyone has expected for some time, but not quite how they imagined it. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will contain Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and… Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker? The inclusion of Peace Walker was surprising as many expected it to eventually arrive as one of Sony’s new PSP Remasters. However, the strangest part of this announcement is actually what is missing from this set. For some reason, the original Metal Gear Solid will not be packaged as part of the high definition collection. The remastered sequels will be arriving on both the PS3 and 360, so perhaps the original MGS has some sort of licensing snag because of Sony and its original release on the PlayStation One. The games will utilize Konami’s “Transfarring” service as well, meaning a portable release is very likely.
Konami has promised that, in addition to cleaner visuals, the various collections will receive further upgrades such as trophies/achievements, right thumb stick and rumble support, better audio, redrawn art, and updated interfaces for high definition televisions. While the Silent Hill HD Collection doesn’t have any release window as of yet, Konami asserted that Zone of the Enders HD Collection will be available sometime in 2012 while Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will arrive this November.