The Metal Gear Solid 3 remake teaser may be fake… or it may not

The Metal Gear Solid 3 remake teaser may be fake… or it may not

Snake Eater wants to eat loose change

This image is from a Pachinko cutscene, not an actual remake (Image: Konami)

No one can fully agree whether a supposed teaser for a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake is real or not due to the use of pre-made assets.

Aside from Silent Hill, Konami was also rumored to be planning it revive the Metal Gear Solid series with a series of remakes and/or remasters.

While the Silent Hill rumors were recently proven true, there is no official word on anything new to do with Metal Gear Solid.

There was speculation last year that Konami had outsourced a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater to Virtuos (a Singaporean studio that often handles ports of surprisingly big name games). Then, over the weekend, the speculation was thought to have been proven true…until it wasn’t…maybe.

The whole situation is a bit bizarre, so bear with us. Over the weekend, Virtuos’ YouTube channel uploaded a short teaser for something that was then quickly deleted.

This being the Internet means someone managed to download it in advance and keep it circulating online.

The teaser only contains about 16 seconds of footage of a non-descript jungle, before fading to black and ending with a message in Morse code. Apparently the message translates to 8 December.

Considering it’s the date of this year’s The Game Awards and Metal Gear Solid 3 takes place in a jungle setting, the immediate assumption was that not only is the remake real, but that it will be announced at The Game Awards.

But, Twitter user GGFTL soon discovered that the jungle footage in the teaser actually comes from a free download pack for Unreal Engine 5. Since it’s not Virtuo’s own work, some are now dismissing the initial teaser as fake.

We were ready to treat the teaser as fake too, until you start to realize how little any of the explanations make sense.

It seems highly unlikely that Virtuos would create a fake teaser for a project that doesn’t exist. So does that mean someone hacked into Virtuos’ YouTube channel and uploaded it as a prank? It would certainly be a first, and it’s hard to imagine anyone going to that much trouble.

Plus, surely Virtuos would say as much for damage control. Unless it seems to trick everyone else into thinking it has a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake in development, that’s good publicity, which is weird in itself.

There’s also the fact that a copy of The Art Of Metal Gear Solid can be seen in another video uploaded to the channel just over a week ago. Additionally, Virtuos’ website lists Konami as one of its recent clients.

Virtuos YouTube video Art of Metal Gear Solid book

A coincidence, a misdirection or further teasing? (image: YouTube)

Assuming it’s real, it’s odd that Virtuos’ teaser would use pre-made assets instead of footage from the remake. But that may be why it was quickly removed, embarrassed that everyone realized they were cheap – which wouldn’t exactly encourage faith in the project.

One thing that is certain is that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima wants no involvement, considering his less than amicable departure from Konami in 2015.

He’s also too busy with several projects at his own studio, including his Xbox exclusive (rumored to be a survival horror title) and the sequel to Death Stranding.

Speaking of Death Stranding, it was recently announced that musician Ryan Karazija, whose band Low Roar contributed to Death Stranding’s soundtrack, has died at the age of 40 due to “complications from pneumonia.”

The announcement was made via Instagram, with Kojima himself offering his condolences on Twitter.

“Without Ryan, without you and your music, Death Stranding would not have been born,” he wrote. “Your music will live forever in this world and in me. Thank you. Rest in peace.’

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