There’s been a lot of talk back and forth about Konami potentially revisiting the Metal Gear Solid franchise for a potential remake, though it’s obviously tricky territory without long time director Hideo Kojima on board.
Still, the talks are starting to rise, and we’re hearing that sometime this year, the company may finally announce a remaster of the original game, or perhaps even a series that includes several games for players to rediscover.
Before you go moaning and groaning “Oh, not another remake,” hold the phone here. Because bringing back Metal Gear Solid – even without Kojima – could be the smartest thing for Konami to do. And there’s a few good reasons why.
It Needs To Go Back To What Made Metal Gear Work
The last time Konami attempted to bring something new to the Metal Gear universe, it was…well, whatever the hell Metal Gear Survive was. And it ended up bombing so badly that the company hasn’t brought it back up since its release, letting it die with only a minimal community.
With a potential return of Metal Gear Solid, Konami could easily return to the format in which the series gained its popularity. After all, the original PlayStation game was such a hit that the company couldn’t wait to get sequels churned out. And it built an even longer lasting legacy than the original Metal Gear on the NES, which is truly saying something.
It does help to have a good team behind it, but there are several out there. Bluepoint Games certainly comes to mind, particularly after their stunning work on remakes of Demon’s Souls and Shadow of the Colossus. But other studios could make it happen as well, depending on who’s selected.
The Remake Formula Has Worked Before
If you’re questioning whether players will flock to a Metal Gear Solid remake, we have just three words for you – The Twin Snakes.
Co-developed by Konami and Silicon Knights back in 2004 for the GameCube, The Twin Snakes is an exceptional remake of the original, with a number of visual improvements and other
touches that made players appreciate the fine effort that was put into it. It also featured new cut scenes, rerecorded audio, and many other touches that pushed it beyond the means of the original Konami game.
It sold reasonably well and has since become a cult classic, like many GameCube games before it. Heck, if Konami simply followed the format it did with Twin Snakes for a re-release on the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series S/X, it could really go places. Alas, it may be going further than that, with a heightened frame rate, even more detail (if that’s possible) and possible other goodies to keep players enthralled.
So When Will We Know?
Now comes the really interesting question – when would we know about a Metal Gear remake?
More than likely, Konami would probably wait until sometime during E3, which will take place virtually this June. That’s when all the big game announcements take place, and Konami could easily save this bombshell for something along the lines of Sony’s State of Play broadcast – or, if Microsoft forked over enough cash, its own press conference, which should take place during the event.
Whatever the case, the return of Solid Snake is inevitable. It’s just a question of how it’s done – and, for that matter, that it’s done effectively. Just like Twin Snakes.
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