Konami has triumphantly announced the return of the Metal Gear Solid series, starting with the remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The original game was arguably one of the greatest stealth games of all time, and it’s fair to say that many have been wary of Konami’s recent accomplishments. However, the developers are doing their best to assure fans that the remake is as faithful as possible, even going so far as to bring back the original game’s voice cast.
This was confirmed in a blog post on Konami’s official website, which claims that the remake will “feature characters with the original voices.” It’s unclear if David Hayter and the rest of the voice acting will be brought back in, or if the devs are simply using existing audio from other versions of Snake Eater, but this will keep Snake Eater looking forward to it. It will be a welcome announcement for fans. Hater returns to play Naked Snake.
Of course, Metal Gear fans will know that David Hayter, the voice actor of the original Solid Snake and Naked Snake, was replaced by Kiefer Sutherland in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, largely due to the influence of series creator Hideo Kojima. you know that Hayter was removed from the role rather disrespectfully, and his replacement was highly controversial at the time. But it’s nice to see the Hater character again, even if Konami is just using pre-recorded voice lines.
To really underscore just how faithful this remake is, the game’s development team (I’m assuming it’s Konami at this point) released another statement thanking fans for their continued support, assured us that we are “working hard”. A remake is a faithful reproduction of the original story and game design. Konami seems to realize that classic works like this shouldn’t be tinkered with too much, mostly just updating the visuals and sounds to match the latest release.
Additionally, during the PlayStation Showcase, we announced the release of Metal Gear Solid: The Master Collection, a collection of the first three Metal Gear Solid games, later this year. There are even hints that this collection may contain more Metal Gear goodness than that, but details about any further additions are being kept secret for now. Either way, it’s nice to see Metal Gear making a big comeback after years of dormancy, but we’ll have to wait until next year at the earliest to return to the jungle.
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