The Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol.1 is built to be the definitive collection of the beloved stealth action series, but the games are only running at 720p.
Konami recently invited some members of the gaming press to try the upcoming collection out. Among them is Nintendo Life which recently reported that the games in the series are only running at 720p.
Specifically, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater in the collection are running at a 720p resolution and with a seeming 30fps cap on the Switch. Meanwhile, Konami told Nintendo Life that the games will also run on other consoles at 720p, but with a 60fps target.
Based on the impressions, it seems that the Master Collection version of MGS2 and MGS3 are based on the Bluepoint remasters for the PS3. Nintendo Life reports that this is likely the case as the game’s menus still have “© 2012 Konami” on them.
Elsewhere, Gamesradar reports that the games in the collection will come with the following warning:
“This game contains expressions and themes which may be considered outdated. However, these elements have been included without alteration to preserve the historical context in which the game was made and the creator’s original vision. Player discretion is advised.”
The above statement may be a reference to some of the more questionable content in the games that may not have aged well. Though it does essentially confirm that there are no changes in the games for this collection.
Interestingly though, the disclaimer does not mention director Hideo Kojima at all, possibly indicating that there’s still some unresolved issues there dating back to Kojima’s highly-publicized split with Konami.
The Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 will be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 24, 2023.