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 is arguably one of the greatest stealth games of all time, and it’s fair to say that many are wary of Konami’s recent output. However, the developer is doing its best to ensure fans that the remake is as faithful as possible, 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 “star the original voice characters”. It’s unknown if David Hayter and the rest of the voice actors will be rejoined, or if the developer is simply using an existing voice from another Snake Eater game, but this will be a welcome announcement for fans hoping to see Hayter return to the role of 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 Keifer Sutherland in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, largely thanks to series creator Hideo Kojima. Hayter was pushed out of the role rather unceremoniously, and his replacement was quite controversial at the time. But it’s nice to see Hayter in the role once again, even if Konami only uses pre-recorded voice lines.
To really emphasize how faithful this remake will be, the game’s development team (which we currently assume is Konami) released a separate statement thanking fans for their continued support and assuring them that they are “working hard” to ensure a remake is “a faithful recreation of the original story and game design.” It sounds like Konami realizes that it shouldn’t tinker too much with such a classic and is mainly just updating the visuals and sound to be more in line with modern releases.
Additionally, during the PlayStation Showcase, he also announced that later this year, he will launch Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection, a collection of the first three Metal Gear Solid games. There are even hints that this collection could feature even more Metal Gear goodies than that, though details on additional extras are under wraps for now. Either way, it’s nice to see Metal Gear make a big comeback after so many years of hiatus, but we’ll probably have to wait until next year at the earliest to get back into the jungle.
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