Rumors Confirmed: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Remake in the Works
The gaming community has been abuzz with rumors of a Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake for years, and now those rumors have finally been confirmed. Konami revealed at Sony’s PlayStation Showcase that the PS2 classic is getting modernized for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, allowing players to enjoy it all over again. The remake, called Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, doesn’t have a release date yet. The Metal Gear Solid Master Collection, which includes Metal Gear: Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and the original Snake Eater, is set to arrive this fall.
The news of a potential remake was first reported back in 2021 by VGC, who claimed that mega porting house Virtuos would be behind it. The game was rumored to be a key milestone in publisher Konami’s shift back toward console gaming, with remakes and remasters of other classics in the company’s portfolio, including Silent Hill and Castlevania.
Following the game’s announcement, Konami released a statement on behalf of an anonymous development team. “We are working hard for Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater to be a faithful recreation of the original story and game design, while evolving the gameplay with stunning visuals and a seamless user experience,” the statement read. However, it wasn’t immediately clear who the development team consisted of, since the company restructured its game divisions in 2021.
The fifth game in the Metal Gear series, Snake Eater takes place earliest in the timeline and follows Big Boss during the Cold War in the 1960s when he was known as Naked Snake. It arrived on PS2 back in 2004 and was eventually expanded in a version called Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence and ported to HD by way of the PS3 and Xbox 360. Depending on who you ask, it’s one of the best games, if not the best game, in the series.
The remake announcement is less surprising after Konami revealed last year that Silent Hill 2 would get the same treatment. However, the Silent Hill 2 remake proved to be controversial due to a passionate following around the original version and some negative reactions to the overhauled graphics and changes in art direction for the new PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC versions. Snake Eater will no doubt be in a similarly fraught position, especially since the original director and lead writer, Hideo Kojima, had an acrimonious split with Konami many years ago.
That being said, recent examples like the Resident Evil 4 remake show it’s not impossible to faithfully bring a 2004 masterpiece into the present day. With the promise of stunning visuals and a seamless user experience, Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is certainly a remake worth looking out for.
Update 5/24/2023 6:23 p.m. ET: Added additional platforms the Snake Eater remake is coming to.
Update 5/24/2023 7:40 p.m. ET: Added a statement from the new development team.
Update 5/25/2023 10:55 a.m. ET: Added statement from Konami about development team.