Metal Gear Solid 3- Does it deserve a PlayStation 5 Remake?

When it comes down to classics from the PS2 era of gaming one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater from 2004. Its been almost two decades since Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was released and to this day its still considered to be one of the greatest video games of all-time. The graphics, dialogue and stealth gameplay featured in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was nearly flawless as the story followed the main character Big Boss aka Snake Eater during the mid 1960’s. Players controlled Big Boss whose mission was to infiltrate Soviet grounds and was sent by the United States Government to rescue a scientist name Nikolia Stephanovich Sokolov; who was being forced to building an extremely dangerous military weapon known as the Shagohod by the main villain Colonal Volgin. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was a massive commercial success was arguably one of the best installments within the entire series next to MGS: Tactical Espionage Action from 1998.

While PlayStation 5 remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater would be very exciting to see it seems unlikely that it will happen anytime in the future right now. Its well documented within the past few years that Konami had licensing issues with some of the older games within the Metal Gear Solid series; which is why games like Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and MGS: Snake Eater were not available to purchase online from Konami eShop. The reason for digital versions MGS 2 & 3 being pulled from Konami’s website for sales was mainly due to the use of real-life archival footage which had expired licenses. It should be noted that several years ago both Konami and the director for Metal Gear Solid series Hideo Kojima had a fallout which lead to both parties going their separate ways following a disagreement back in the mid 2010’s. Since 2015, it seemed like Metal Gear Solid V; Phantom Pain was going to be the final installment within the series due to the fallout between Konami and Kojima. However, it reported back in Summer 2021 that both Kojima and Konami were both following each others Twitter accounts which some believe may be a sign that relations between the two parties might have possibly improved since 2015.

Even though, the tension between Kojima and Konami may not be as high as it was several years ago the chances of the two parties collaborating again the near future seem very slim at the moment. One of the biggest issues that Konami had with Kojima in relation to the Metal Gear Solid series involved the director demanding a bigger budget. It should be noted that Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain from 2015 had reportedly cost Konami over $80 million. While Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain managed to reach at least 6 million in over sales across multiple gaming platforms including the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One; the idea as the game did not sell as much as Konami had expected considering the expenses that went into developing game itself. There have been games like Borderlands 2 from 2012 that had a budget of $30-35 million and managed to reach over 22 million copies in sales. It should noted that Konami is considered be a more popular video game publisher than 2K Games along with the fact that the Metal Gear Solid series is more famous than Borderlands. Despite, being one of the best selling entries within its own series the general belief was that Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain should have at least reached over 10 million in sales especially considering how popular Metal Gear Solid 4: Sons of Liberty was back in the late 00’s. A remake Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater on the PlayStation 5 sounds like a dream come true for long time fans of the series; but if Konami refuses to license the Metal Gear Solid series than who will?

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