We’ve kind of suspected it but the long-rumored Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake won’t have an involvement from Hideo Kojima, who created the original franchise. After he left Konami, they kept the rights to his creation and he went on to found his own production studio, Kojima Productions. While he’s currently busy with Death Stranding 2, Konami is trying to revive the franchise with a remake of the original.
Sadly, Kojima is not involved at all with the project and neither is Yoji Shinkawa, who created the iconic designs for the various characters from the franchise. Though it seems that Konami developers are actively working on the game even though they wouldn’t outright confirm who was the development team. Virtuos is supporting and has worked on the Metal Gear series in the past.
A Konami spokesperson only had the following to say in an interview with IGN:
They are not involved. However, the development team will work hard to create this remake and also the ports (for Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection) so that they can be enjoyed on multiple platforms by even more players all around the world.
It’s uncertain if Konami will even try to get Kojima’s sign-off on the project, especially with how their relationship ended some years ago. Long-time fans are still uncertain about his involvement and if the team can truly keep the spirit of the original alive. His work was a very personal one and you always knew it had his hand in some form or another involved. So, we’ll see if Konami can carry on the torch and avoid another Metal Gear Survive.