At E3 2006, Konami happily showed off a new product – Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphical Novel, for PSP. It wasn’t a game as such, more an interactive comic book – and if you missed it the first time around, looks like it’s headed back to us, with a standalone DVD version seemingly in the works.
The original Metal Gear Solid comics were just that – comics – created by Ashley Wood. When they were transferred to PSP, they were given music and sound as well, with minimal interactive opportunities. It was also compiled into a graphic novel, and a DVD version of the compilation was released in Japan a few years ago.
Japanese audiences were also treated to a second graphic novel which didn’t surface in the west until recently, when both books were included on Blu-ray alongside Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection.
By now, everybody knows that the saga of Snake is one of the more complicated plotlines in video gaming – to the point where creator Hideo Kojima explains these graphic novels are potentially an easier way on getting caught up on the story, rather than hunting down and playing the first two Metal Gear Solid games.
This classification doesn’t necessarily mean that Metal Gear Solid: Digital Novel Pack really is what we hope it is, but oh… we do hope it is.