Konami were reluctant to reveal pricing details when they announced earlier this week that Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, an all-encompassing omnibus game compilation comprising pretty much every main instalment in the franchise, would be coming to America this June.
But thanks to a similar announcement made today in Japan, we now know roughly how much we can expect the exquisite (not to mention definitive) MGS box set to retail for. The good news is that it doesn’t cost a bomb.
Coming with pretty much the exact same games and movie content included in the US edition, except all the voices and text are obviously rendered in Japanese, the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection box set will retail in Japan on July 11, 2013, for the mere price of 7,980 yen (~US$80.50 or ~S$100).
If that sounds a little pricey to you, it’s only because that’s exactly how crazy video game retail prices in Japan are – a typical blockbuster game retails for between 7,000 and 8,000 yen at launch over there. For instance, a brand new copy Tomb Raider, which is being released for the Japanese market this week in Japan (it just came out today), goes for the recommended retail price of 7,980 yen.
In other words, if you don’t actually look at the numbers themselves and focus on the meaning behind those numbers, in Japan Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection will actually sell at a price point similar to the new release of a blockbuster title, despite containing so much. One has to wonder if the North American (and possibly European) pricing might follow suit.
In the worst case scenario, suppose Konami deems the collection to be worth more than the typical US$50 retail price of a brand new title and scales the pricing to match that of the Japanese edition, at the most we’re looking at roughly US$80, which really isn’t a lot considering you’re essentially paying for every freaking MGS game contained neatly in one package.
METAL GEAR ※1
METAL GEAR2:SOLID SNAKE ※1
METAL GEAR SOLID ※2
METAL GEAR SOLID INTEGRAL ※2
METAL GEAR SOLID2 SONS OF LIBERTY ※3
METAL GEAR SOLID3 SNAKE EATER ※3
METAL GEAR SOLID4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS ※4
METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER ※3
※1：These are the MSX2 emulated versions of the game contained within『METAL GEAR SOLID3 SNAKE EATER』
※2：Downloadable digitally through the PlayStation Network (under Game/PS1 Archives), via a product code
※3：From the “HD Edition” collection
※4：Supports PlayStation Trophies
METAL GEAR SOLID BANDE DESSINÉE
METAL GEAR SOLID2 BANDE DESSINÉE
Title：METAL GEAR SOLID THE LEGACY COLLECTION
No. of Players：1 (up to 8 in 『METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER』)
Release date: July 11, 2013 (in Japan)
Rating：Ages 17 and above
Format：On 2 Blu-ray discs
Bundled with：(Booklet) METAL GEAR SOLID THE LEGACY BOOK