Two of Kojima Productions’ Metal Gear Solid titles for PlayStation Portable — Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus — are now available in North America for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, publisher Konami has announced today.
Konami took to the official Metal Gear Solid Twitter account to make the announcement, as well as sharing important updates that have been made to Portable Ops and Portable Ops Plus.
“We appreciate all the fan requests for a playable version of this classic; and are grateful to Sony for their assistance in listing it,” Konami tweeted.
“On PS Vita, buttons can be remapped; we encourage trying out this PSP classic with your preferred configuration and capture some screenshots! FYI, the online functionality is limited. Also, if you run into any other issues, please let us know and we’ll see if we can assist.”
— METAL GEAR OFFICIAL (@metalgear_en) June 1, 2016
Not realizing that the PS Vita can’t capture images from PSP titles, Konami apologized and retracted one of its comments in another tweet.
Portable Ops was released in North America in 2006 and Europe in 2007, with the PSP installment continuing on the story of Naked Snake (AKA Big Boss) following the events of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
Hideo Kojima, the creator of the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid franchise, served as a producer on Portable Ops, with it being one of the few entries in the series not to have the Japanese developer directing nor writing the story.
Portable Ops Plus was released as a standalone expansion to the well-received Portable Ops in 2007, with it focusing predominantly on the online multiplayer experience.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the last Kojima-directed installment in the series, received glowing praise from critics and fans of the long-running franchise.
Hardcore Gamer’s review for The Phantom Pain insisted that the title is “is a fully realized [Metal Gear Solid] Peace Walker, with a large-scale production behind it not possible in a handheld title.”
Reviewer Adam Beck continued by saying: “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the epitome of stealth action. It contains not only some of the best combat mechanics available, but everything you could have wanted from a Metal Gear Solid game.”
Since The Phantom Pain’s release in 2015, Kojima has ended his relationship with Konami, formed his own independent studio (Kojima Productions) and revealed that he will be collaborating with Sony on his first post-Metal Gear Solid project, which is a console exclusive to the PlayStation 4.
Despite being relatively silent on what his new title will hold in store, Kojima recently shared a full-sized image of Ludens, the mascot whose head features on the official logo for Kojima Productions.