Konami is doing a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. They are currently in the final stages of production. The game will be out this fall, and it looks gorgeous. The game has been remastered in full 1080p HD using the current generation Fox Engine software. The visuals are nothing short of breathtaking, as you can see in the newly released trailer (see the video below).
You might be asking yourself, “Why have I not heard about this until now?”
There are a couple of reasons that you have not heard about this remake until now.
The primary reason is that the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake will only be released in Japan. However, before you go modding your PlayStation 4 and converting your U.S. dollars to Yen, there is one other small catch. The game is being remade exclusively as a pachinko machine, which is the second reason you have not heard about the remake.
Pachinko is a game that is similar to pinball, but it has no flippers and is played on a vertical board studded with pegs. It is a very popular form of gambling in Japan, but virtually nonexistent in the United States, except for simple versions that you might find in a kiddie arcade.
The Metal Gear Solid 3 remake will be enclosed in a stand-up cabinet with a 32-inch 1080p HD LCD screen and placed in arcades and casinos all over Japan. How the MGS3 portion of the game will be played is unclear. Perhaps the player will be rewarded with cutscenes for collecting a certain number of balls or hitting particular target holes. Maybe there will be some limited interaction with the stealth action game, but it is not certain. Konami has not revealed much more than what is seen in the trailer.
Remaking Metal Gear Solid 3 into a pachinko machine did not come as a surprise to some.
DualShockers reported, “If you didn’t see this coming, raise your hand and go sulk in the corner. Konami announced today the brand new Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater pachislot machine.”
Apparently the game was expected because according to Polygon, since the departure of Hideo Kojima from Konami, the company “has shifted gears away from triple-A projects” for console systems and has released several pachinko game titles.
GamesRadar reported, “It was clearly always going to happen (Konami makes so much money from Pachinko).”
Middle-aged Japanese men might be excited about the new Metal Gear Solid 3 remake, not because it is a Metal Gear Solid title, but because it is a fresh gambling experience for them. However, fans of the series are very disappointed. Gamers have been exploding on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter with their anger, most of which is not fit to print.
%(%*#H#(G*&%#%*h(# Konami is making an MGS Pachinko machine. All that we feared is coming to pass.https://t.co/jQymkfrLPG— Meredith Placko (@mplacko) June 2, 2016
Since its release, the trailer has received 27,000 views, 1,162 dislikes and only 366 likes. Viewer responses to the trailer are typical to the one below.
Warning: The following video contains strong language.
In the above video, RetroGaming clearly summarized what has fans upset. If you chose not to watch it, let me put it in milder language.
Besides the trailer teasing that a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake was coming (at least to those who do not speak Japanese), Konami is taking what is considered by many to be the best game of the series, a “masterpiece” in all respects as RetroGaming puts it, and rebooting it only to pachinko machines. For fans who are already on edge by the company’s recent actions, this move has become the last straw. Terminating the game’s creator, Hideo Kojima, while keeping rights to the franchise and then turning it into a Japanese gambling machine is just too much for some fans to bear.
GamesRadar stated, “It’s the fact that it appears to use MGS 5’s Fox engine to recreate the final pivotal meeting between Snake and The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3 that seems to be salt in fans’ wounds. Pounds of salt; rubbed vigorously in.”
At the end of his video, RetroGaming tells Konami that they should just get out of the video game business and stick with their pachinko machines because he is “done” with them. However, Konami is not done. There is still talk of a possible Metal Gear Solid 6, or perhaps a remake in the franchise’s future. Plus, they still have Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 in production and slated for release later this year.
[Image via Konami]