Hideo Kojima's reputation is built on his seminal work on the Metal Gear franchise. The Metal Gear Solid series, in particular, is widely credited for having changed the entire gaming landscape forever. It's been a little over six years since the last Metal Gear Solid game was released in 2015's Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and no we're not counting 2018's Metal Gear Survive. Because of this, fans have been asking for a new installment if not a remake of the older titles. There is an entire community dedicated to looking for clues on when a new Metal Gear game could launch.
With that said, an interesting sighting by a hawk-eyed observer might have just confirmed that a new Metal Gear Solid game is in the works.
Is Virtuos working on a Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake?
Throughout the year, there have been multiple reports of Konami outsourcing some of its biggest franchises to other developers. In fact, in a recent article, we talked about how Konami had partnered with several other studios, including for newer installments and/or remakes of Metal Gear, Silent Hill, and Castlevania. Virtuos, in particular, was tapped to work on a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
Now, a job listing discovered by Twitter user Faizan Shaikh provides better insight on what could potentially be proof that the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake does indeed exist.
So Virtuos Studios Working on Remake According to this LinkedIn Profile, Probably Metal Gear Solid 3... Previously It's been reported by @AndyPlaytonic.
- AAA Action Adventure Remake
- Looks like Ground up Remake
- 4k For Certain Platform@bogorad222 pic.twitter.com/HpAUk0PgkT
— Faizan Shaikh (@FaizShaikh7681) October 10, 2021
The LinkedIn profile of Zhiyang Li, who works as Virtuos' lead software engineer, lists his most recent project, an Unannounced AAA Action Adventure game remake. He details how he led a team composed of 12 developers to work on the game engine for the project. What is interesting here is that the description never mentions a game title, which has led many to believe that this could be the remake of Metal Gear Solid 3.
Of course, the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake remains unconfirmed. All that we know is that Konami is working on multiple projects at the moment, which the publisher explains is the reason why it did not attend E3 2021. We don't know for sure if whether or not this includes a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake.
If Virtuos is indeed working on the remake of one of Kojima's best games, then hats off to them. Virtuos is one of the most reliable support studios in the industry. A remake of Metal Gear Solid 3 is a good start if it wants to establish itself as a studio that can work on big AAA titles. The timeline of the aforementioned project also lines up with the studio raising $15 million. This could have allowed the studio to afford the additional manpower necessary for such an undertaking.