'Metal Gear Solid' Has Been Remade In Unreal Engine 4, And It's Stunning
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Metal Gear Solid is one of those games that's just crying out for a modern remake. Yes, the 1998 classic got an excellent remake on GameCube in 2004, but we've come a long way since then. Who among us doesn't want to see what Shadow Moses Island would look like on a current or next-gen console? I know I do.
Unfortunately, there's absolutely no indication that such a remake will appear - at least not any time soon. Publisher and IP owner Konami has expressed roughly zero interest in going near the Metal Gear Solid franchise since 2018's disastrous Metal Gear Survive. Meanwhile, series creator Hideo Kojima is off doing his own thing, and is about as likely to want to work with Konami again as you'd expect, given how they ended things.
An official remake is very much pie in the sky at this point, then. But that's why I'm once again eternally grateful for the hard work of fans who use their passion to make our dreams a reality. One talented developer has been remaking the original game in Unreal Engine 4, and it looks utterly gorgeous.
As spotted by PlayStation Universe, our mysterious developer wishes to remain anonymous, presumably so as to avoid the ire of Konami. But that hasn't stopped them from sharing an impressive 13 minutes of footage with YouTuber Bluedrake42, who gleefully uploaded a video of himself playing through the impressive project.
You can check the video out below, or via this link if you'd prefer to go straight to the source. The section of the in-development project that Bluedrake42 shared is actually from the ending of the original game, when Snake goes up against the formidable Metal Gear REX. Clearly a ton of gameplay changes have been made - it looks more like a Resident Evil 2-style overhaul than a straight-up remaster.
Not that I have a problem with that, of course. If you're going to remake Metal Gear Solid for modern consoles, you do need to make some adjustments to the decades-old formula.
According to Bluedrake42, the mystery developer intends to release the game for free for everyone somewhere down the line. Whether or not that happens, we'll have to wait and see. It sounds like this is the work of one person doing everything in their spare time, after all, and even if they do finish... there's every chance Konami could end the project. They've done it before.
For now, let's not worry about the future. Instead, join me in praising the very impressive work of one incredibly dedicated fan, as we hope that this brings us one step closer to the Metal Gear Solid PlayStation 5 remake we all crave.