Konami have released a set of their classic games for PC with a trio of titles from the Metal Gear series, as well as Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra now available on GOG.com.
This was teased just prior to the official announcement by the Konami twitter account;
— Konami (@Konami) September 25, 2020
Before springing out of the box just 15 minutes later:
KONAMI Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra, with 5 games, is a real treat for retro gamers!
— GOG.COM (@GOGcom) September 25, 2020
The ports were uncovered by Gematsu on Wednesday, who spotted them appearing on the taiwanese ratings board. Overall, the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee has handed out ratings for Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, and Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra (featuring Castlevania, Castlevania II Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse, Contra and Super C) all for PC.
All of these games have actually previously been released for PC. The original Metal Gear was brought to MS-DOS back in the day, Metal Gear Solid’s 1998 PlayStation release was followed by a PC port in 2000, while Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance was an enhanced version of the 2001 PlayStation 2 game that was released for Xbox, PS2 and PC through late 2002 and early 2003. As for the classic Castlevania and Contra collection? Well, that was first released for PC in 2002.
GOG.com specialises in reviving classic games and sprucing them up to run on modern hardware. That doesn’t typically mean they’re enhanced in the manner of a console remaster or remake, but rather that they’re modified enough to help them work on Windows 7 and newer.