Konami has stated that it is “preparing” to reinstate Metal Gear titles that had been previously delisted from digital stores.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the original Metal Gear, and the official Japanese Metal Gear Twitter account posted a tweet celebrating the occasion.

However, awkwardly, fans still can’t play many series entries on modern consoles due to them having been pulled from storefronts last year. Konami said on Wednesday the games would soon return.

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Konami just announced that both Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 are being taken down from online shopfronts, after issues emerged with “licenses for select historical archive footage used in-game.

The company’s full statement reads:

*** [Important Notification] Temporary removal of METAL GEAR SOLID 2 and METAL GEAR SOLID 3 from digial storefronts (PlayStation®3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, etc.)

Thank you for playing the METAL GEAR series.

We

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