Metal Gear Solid Solid Delta: Snake Eater
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This will probably come as a surprise to no one, but Konami has recently confirmed to IGN that Hideo Kojima and the series' artist Yoji Shinkawa will not be involved in any capacity with the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake (as spotted by Metal Gear Solid MGN on Twitter).

Kojima famously left Konami after a bitter falling out between himself and Konami's management, with Shinkawa also leaving the company around the same time. Since then, the pair have collaborated together on Death Stranding at Kojima's new studio Kojima Productions, and are currently working together on the sequel Death Stranding 2, which has yet to receive a release date.

In spite of that, IGN wanted to know whether the pair was consulted at all and so asked Konami for more information. In response, Konami plainly replied, "They are not involved".

As we already know, an in-house team at Konami is responsible for developing the upcoming Snake Eater remake, with assistance from the port studio Virtuos. According to Konami, via this IGN interview, this in-house team at Konami will contain some people who have been "involved in the production of the past [games in the] Metal Gear series", though it's unclear how many actually remain from the original team. Our only hope is that whoever is involved, everyone is fairly credited once the game finally releases, per the IGDA's guidelines.

As for why Konami picked Metal Gear Solid 3 to remake, that was also revealed in the article, with the publisher explaining:

"We chose Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater because it depicts the birth of BIG BOSS (Naked Snake), which is the starting point of the Metal Gear series. Another reason is that many fans have been requesting a remake of this game for a long time."

There's no release date set for Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, but as Konami tells IGN, it will be watching the customer response very closely when the game eventually launches to decide whether to bring more Metal Gear remakes to life. What Metal Gear game do you think Konami should remake next?

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