A week ago, Gemini-Phoenix on the games™ Forum spotted something rather interesting on eBay: a number of sellers were selling new sealed copies of the hitherto somewhat rare ZOE2 where the box art had the brand spanking new 2009 PEGI age rating logos. On contacting some of the sellers, he was told that:
They have also done re-prints of Suikoden Tactics with the new age rating logo, and Silent hill 2,3,4 the room, MGS 2 Substance, MGS 3 Snake Eater all with the old style age rating logo.
Sorry, but pardon? I’ve just checked through all of Konami’s material and there isn’t a single press release or statement pertaining to this. Heck, a Google query for “konami rerelease” returns the above forum thread as its second result! Furthermore, none of the main UK retailers (Game, Amazon, Gamestation, Play, HMV etc.) appear to have any stock nor indications that they ever expect it.
So why have Konami rereleased some quite sought after older titles without the slightest fanfare (compared to, for example, the lauded rerelease of ICO pre SOTC) and then made the stock available only to small independant retailers operating through eBay and elsewhere? Konami have been contacted, but there’s been no word from them as yet.