Old publishers love developing remakes as it’s the perfect opportunity to update outmoded titles at the same time they make a huge profit. On that note, there were some important announcements at the Konami’s pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference regarding remakes. Actually, most people were expecting many more game presentations, but at least the publisher managed to show a few collections of some classic titles, which will receive an HD treatment.
In the event, which lasted about an hour, Konami announced HD Collections of Zone of the Enders, Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill. The games will apparently be released between 2011 and 2012.
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (scheduled for next November) contains updated versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Unfortunately, the original Metal Gear Solid wasn’t included in the collection, for unknown reasons.
Konami explicitly stated that these are not emulated versions, but rather optimized games which will be specifically adapted to the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms. The games will include updated graphics, audio, new art, right analog, trophies and achievements, force feedback support, and the possibility of using Hideo Kojima’s new technology called “transfarring.” This new tech basically allows players to transfer data between the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems. The idea is that you can enjoy the games at home and on the go much more easily and similarly to the recently announced PSP Remasters.
The Zone of the Enders Collection was also announced. This will include enhanced versions of Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. According to Kojima this HD remake will also use transferring and will be released 2012.
Last but not least, a Silent Hill Collection was briefly mentioned. This will include Silent Hill 2 and 3 in the same package, but unfortunately no further details were given besides the names of the games included. Hopefully, we’ll know much more about them at E3.