Why The Xbox 360 Won’t Get The Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection

Why The Xbox 360 Won’t Get The Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection

Remember when Metal Gear Solid 4 was launched? And how it was such a big deal that the game wasn’t coming to the Xbox 360? Remember that?

On his online radio show, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima talked about why there wasn’t an Xbox 360 version of Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection.

“I’m sorry to say an Xbox 360 version isn’t being released, because an Xbox 360 version of MGS4 hasn’t gone on sale,” Kojima said. “To explain the situation, the amount of data in MGS4 is just too enormous.”

The PS3, Kojima pointed out, uses Blu-ray. The Xbox 360 uses DVD. So if Konami were to put out MGS4 on the Xbox 360, one of Kojima’s co-hosts added, it would take up seven DVDs. In the past, Kojima has mentioned similar high DVD disc counts for the game — thus, explaining the above meme image from year’s past.

“I want to put it [presumably, The Legacy Collection] out [on the Xbox 360],” Kojima continued. “But we won’t be releasing it.”

“When it’s the next [Xbox] console, maybe we can release it [again, presumably, The Legacy Collection],” added Kojima. “If we released a version on the Xbox 360 without MGS4, then it’s not The Legacy Collection.”

Makes sense to me! That being said, I’d love to see a seven-disc version of Metal Gear Solid 4.

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  • Will this be release in Australia and if so when and how much?
    Even I have all Metal Gear games from MG to MGS4 (including the spin offs Metal Gear Acid/2 and Rising) I still want this.

  • Stop the presses… a twenty hour long movie is too large for a couple of DVD’, who’d have guessed.

    • thats a bit fucking harsh. Maybe hopfully Kojima might release it on the 720 (might use blu-ray) or PS4

  • I thought the original MGS was still under re-release licence to Nintendo, as well. Can someone confirm?

    • You’re thinking of mGS:the twin snakes
      A remake of mgs released on the GameCube

      • Yep, that’s the one. It’s my impression that MGS will never see a HD re-release on another non-Sony console because Ninty has the rights for it. Does anyone know if that’s the case?

        • I doubt that’d be the case – it’s hard to imagine Konami (or anybody) giving up the rights to a game that big. I suspect it’s more likely that Nintendo own that particular version of the game, so if Konami wanted to make an HD version (bearing in mind that Twin Snakes wasn’t actually HD) they’d have to do it from scratch.

          The original PS1 version would be too crude to make an HD update worthwhile, so any HD version would have be a full-scale HD remake, not just an HD remaster of an existing game.

          • I dunno man. There’s gotta be a reason that MGS was included as a DL title in the HD collection for PS3, but not for 360. Honestly, I think the Ninty deal is bigger than that.

          • It was only a download code with the HD Collection in Japan.

            Twin Snakes isn’t MGS. It’s a remake using the MGS2 engine. It wasn’t published by Nintendo either, they just distributed so there is no “deal” to be a bigger really.

            Twin Snakes was developed by Silicone Knights and published by Konami. Konami would retain all rights to the game. MGS is (and has been for a while) available to buy on the PSN and play on both your PS3 and Vita.

            If anything, the reason that MGS isn’t on Xbox Live would be down to a deal with Sony, rather than Nintendo.

          • It was included in the PS3 collection but not the 360 version because it was just a PS1 game that was already there on PSN anyway and ran under the PS3’s backwards compatibility for PS1 games. I.e. there was no work required to include it – they just had to stick a download code in the box. The 360 isn’t backwards compatible with PS1 or any other device that ever had a version of MGS1 on it (although there was a PC version, not sure how hard it would have been to port that?), so it would have required additional work (and therefore money) to get it working on 360. If PS3 didn’t play PS1 games then I doubt you would have seen MGS1 included in that version of the collection either.

  • At this point in time I think anyone who wanted MGS4 bad enough would have bought a PS3 by now, same goes for 360 exclusives; so I can’t see a whole lot people caring about this.

    It would be funny to see a 7 disc game though, because people already bitch enough about needing to get up and change 1 disc.

  • I still remember scoffing at how arrogant MGS4 was for lauding how great BRs are… but then had forever-long install times.

    • But they are great – they enabled them to make MGS4.

      On the downside, I’m still trying to kick the smoking habit I picked up from watching those install screens…

  • That comment was an odd thing to say about the 7 discs… MGS4 as it stands now only has the Single Player option, with MGO taken offline. When the PS3 received the trophy patch, it allowed the ability to do a “full install” and the game only took up about 10GB?

    So the 7 discs might possibly have been all the extra rubbish and all that, but 7 discs is just an odd thing to say.

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