December 5, 2023

The online game business has its share of far fetched rumors, whether or not it’s the remasters of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker for Nintendo Swap or the long-fabled Bloodborne remaster. Upon listening to of remakes for Metallic Gear Strong, which finally was narrowed all the way down to a Metallic Gear Strong 3: Snake Eater remake, there was much more cynicism than normal. That Konami sanctioning a remake? It was inconceivable, particularly after the whole lot that had transpired over time.

There have been extra rumors of Sony’s involvement, which made it extra possible, however certain sufficient, the writer revealed that Metallic Gear Strong Delta: Snake Eater was actual. Developed alongside Virtuos for Xbox Sequence X/S, PS5 and PC, the remake is a “trustworthy recreation” with “developed gameplay.” Whereas Kojima and even artist Yoji Shinkawa (who can be at Kojima Productions) aren’t concerned, numerous builders who have been “concerned within the manufacturing of the previous [games in the] Metallic Gear collection” are enjoying a “central position” in growth, per feedback to IGN.

Sure, it’s reusing voiceovers from the unique sport as a substitute of freshly recording strains. There’s no launch date, however the present in-game screenshots look good. To additional assist with the wait, Konami can be re-releasing the primary titles within the collection as a part of Metallic Gear Strong: Grasp Assortment Vol. 1. Not solely does it embrace the VR missions for Metallic Gear Strong 1, however Metallic Gear Strong 2: Sons of Liberty and Metallic Gear Strong 3: Snake Eater are each truly from the HD Assortment.

Which means extra content material, high quality of life enhancements and superior visuals to their authentic releases. You even get Metallic Gear 1 and Metallic Gear 2: Strong Snake as a bonus. The writer additionally seemingly hinted at extra basic releases if the Vol. 1 naming wasn’t indicative sufficient).

Remakes for different titles? Konami will “take heed to participant demand and take into account accordingly,” which might be a pleasant manner of claiming that if Delta: Snake Eater does nicely, we may see different remakes. Nonetheless, simply the very fact they’re ready for the query is attention-grabbing.

For these successfully offline since 2016, you’re most likely questioning: What is that this Konami? Why is it all of a sudden pushing so onerous for Metallic Gear Strong, particularly given the way it mistreated creator Hideo Kojima apart earlier than and after the discharge of Metallic Gear Strong 5: The Phantom Ache?

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Nobody is aware of. For a number of years, Konami distanced itself from its main franchises and triple-A gaming typically. Kojima’s fallout with Konami main as much as the discharge of Metallic Gear Strong 5: The Phantom Ache is well-documented.

If that wasn’t sufficient, it additionally launched Metallic Gear Survive, a spin-off to Metallic Gear Strong 5, which featured survival crafting mechanics, zombies and co-op. It was a flop, critically and commercially, and additional cemented the corporate as out of contact with its fan base.

Nonetheless, because the years handed, Konami slowly started inching its manner again to core gaming. It launched new titles within the Bomberman franchise, which have been respectable (even the free-to-play spin-off Tremendous Bomberman R On-line shut down final 12 months). The Momotaro Dentetsu collection, lengthy considered over after Konami fired a number of Hudson Tender builders, made a comeback in 2020 with Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban! for the Nintendo Swap, promoting 3.5 million items in Japan alone.

Then there was the Silent Hill announcement, with a number of initiatives, from a Silent Hill 2 Remake by Bloober Staff to a model new title by NeoBards Leisure, with Higurashi and Umineko author Ryukishi07 in cost. You even have Silent Hill: Townfall by Annapurna and No Code, which can kickstart an anthology collection or Silent Hill: Ascension, the interactive streaming collection with viewers figuring out how the story unfolds.

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Given what number of rumors surrounded Silent Hill’s revival over time, Konami most likely made plans early. The pandemic most likely didn’t assist, particularly given the variety of exterior builders it’s working with. It’s thus additionally potential {that a} Metallic Gear Strong remake and re-release of basic titles had been deliberate for some time.

Why Konami would do all this could boil all the way down to different exterior elements. For Silent Hill, it could have merely seen the demand, given the cancellation of Silent Hills and elimination of P.T., and slowly deliberate to deliver it again. With the success of titles like Resident Evil 2 Remake and Resident Evil 3 Remake, to not point out all the opposite remakes which have come since, it determined that it may make some respectable financial institution with a Silent Hill 2 Remake, and subsequently, Metallic Gear Strong Delta: Snake Eater.

For the Metallic Gear Strong: Grasp Assortment, the identical logic follows – numerous remasters and collections, together with these from Konami, have seen a good response. Why not launch titles from arguably its most well-known franchise and make some revenue?

Its partnership with exterior builders, like Virtuos for Delta Snake Eater, is all of the extra vital because the writer can preserve in depth management. It didn’t fairly have that with Kojima, whose exorbitant growth prices for The Phantom Ache are rumored to have precipitated tensions within the first place.

From a enterprise perspective, the writer’s strikes make sense. Nonetheless, the actual query is: Does Konami deserve a second probability with Metallic Gear Strong?

Bear in mind: The corporate didn’t simply hearth Kojima – it remoted him from his group, then barred him from showing at The Recreation Awards. Some have additionally theorized that their rush to get Metallic Gear Strong 5: The Phantom Ache resulted in a number of parts, like Episode 51, being lower from the sport or repackaged as cutscenes.

Additionally, when Kojima responded to Metallic Gear Survive, saying that he didn’t suppose zombies outlined Metallic Gear, Konami reportedly precipitated hassle behind the scenes. It allegedly barred former Konami turned Kojima Productions staff from looking for medical health insurance by means of some shifty dealings.

That doesn’t embrace alleged poor working situations for builders, from lengthy hours and crunch to fixed surveillance. It could even demote builders to cleansing jobs and safety guards in the event that they didn’t carry out nicely sufficient. We may sit right here and discuss how annoying it was to see the Metallic Gear Strong 3: Snake Eater renders used for Pachinko, and make no mistake, it sucked for long-time followers. Nonetheless, Konami as an organization is questionable at greatest, and morally bankrupt at worst (allegedly, after all).

There are likely builders on the firm who need to make Delta: Snake Eater (and different initiatives, like Silent Hill) work. They’ve most likely been attempting for even longer than has even been rumored. Nonetheless, all of it goes again to administration, who’ve confirmed untrustworthy over time. One second we may see a revival of the Metallic Gear franchise as we all know it, and the following, it may focus completely on NFTs (which it already has a platform for). On the finish of all of it, it’s the builders and followers who are suffering.

Regardless, for the foreseeable future, Metallic Gear Strong is again. How lengthy is the million-dollar query, and hopefully, Konami received’t put it on their long-running tab.

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