While it’s true that Metal Gear Solid is mainly a PlayStation-oriented franchise (with several previous installments later released on other platforms), it won’t be easy to control on PC.
The first and second Metal Gear Solid games (the expanded edition of the latter, Metal Gear Solid 2: Subsistence) had keyboard controls, but the two PC ports that have not been legally available for a long time (unless you want to buy them on disc, but on modern hardware, it’s a question of whether they’ll work at all…) are out of date, and perhaps that’s why Konami will release Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 for PC, too.
A picture of the three Metal Gear Solid Steam pages has surfaced on Twitter, where Konami has openly stated that the game will require a controller. According to SteamDB, Konami activated the games’ pages on June 21 but removed them half an hour later. On June 23, the official Metal Gear account posted on Twitter that they are currently working on the pre-order page and will provide more details as soon as possible. The removal of the pages is incomprehensible. Did they put them up too early? Wouldn’t it have been easier to announce that a controller would be mandatory? After all, we have seen for many multiplatform games over the years that you can’t even move around in the menu without a controller attached.
At least we can be happy that older Metal Gear Solid titles (including the originally PlayStation 2-exclusive third episode, Snake Eater) are coming to PC. Still, it’s almost guaranteed that Konami will load them with Denuvo. The same goes for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which we recently wrote about, and it’s only a matter of time before Konami announces the second MGS collection, which will see old Snake (set in 2014, the latest for the main episodes) leave PlayStation 3 behind.
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 will be released on October 24, and its contents have been previously reported.