Rumors about a set of Metal Gear Solid remasters have been circulating the industry over the last few years, and it seems Konami isn't the only one trying to bring back this classic stealth series. Recently, we came across the account of Vapor Cephalopod, who is a founder of a remake community intent on rebuilding the original Metal Gear Solid in Unreal Engine with higher quality texture work and VR implementation.
The remake has been in development for a number of years, with the team of volunteers originally coming up with the idea for the project back in 2015, around the time of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's release. It's only recently, however, that development has stepped up, with Vapor Cepholod sharing this progress online.
"Kojima did an interview and the person asked him if he'd like to see an open-world remake of MGS1," says Vapor Cephalopod. "He said he'd love to play that if there was a team capable of doing it. I just couldn't stop thinking about that; could it be made open-world? What else could be done? Could it be VR? I wanted to find out."
Of course, Metal Gear Solid has been remade once before in the past, as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for the GameCube, but that title has since gone on to become quite divisive within the game's community. While it added some excellent quality of life features from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, like the ability to hide enemies in lockers, it also introduced exaggerated action scenes, brighter lighting, and the excessive use of bullet-time effects. Vapor Cephalopod plans for his remake to be much more faithful to the original, only with higher quality textures and some new ways to play thrown in.
"The art direction is something that can't be compromised on," says Vapor Cephalopod. "All the previous [remake] attempts looked very generic like the models were all from the asset store they felt like not quite Shadow Moses; not really. Every single texture is so iconic. I just want to keep every little detail just make it the highest possible quality in detail."
The remake is still under development, but will eventually be released on PC for free. You can keep up to date with it by following Vapor Cephalod on Twitter. And if you find yourself growing impatient, there is currently a Boneworks mod, developed by a member of Vapor Cephalopod's community called @Holydh2 that also revisits the first game. That should help you kill some time!
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