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Here’s when MGS Delta: Snake Eater releases and who’s making it

Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is regarded by many as one of the best games of its generation and it’s getting a remake with Metal Gear Solid Delta; here are all the details on its platforms, release date, and whether Hideo Kojima is a part of it.

Publisher Konami became a major villain among video game fans when it went through a messy divorce with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was openly rushed to market before completion, with few of its storylines getting resolved by the time the credits rolled. From there, Konami shuttered most of its video game operations, putting beloved franchises like Suikoden, Castlevania, and Silent Hill on the shelf. Between those controversial moves were reports of a toxic work environment and questionable operational decisions.

Though its reputation still isn’t what it was in 2005, Konami has re-entered the video game industry with remasters and remakes of some of its most popular games alongside actual new releases that have received mixed reviews. The centerpiece of the publisher’s return is Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater. Here’s what is known about the game, what will change relative to the original, and who is making it.

Is the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake coming out on Xbox or Steam?

The Metal Gear Solid 3 remake is coming out on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam.

While Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater was originally revealed during one of Sony’s State of Play events, it’s not a PlayStation exclusive. The game is set for release on both the Xbox and PC as well. 

Unfortunately, the MGS3 remake will not be coming out on Nintendo Switch. It’s possible that a curveball could be thrown once details on the Nintendo Switch successor are finally revealed, but for the time being it seems like Nintendo fans will need to simply enjoy Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection.

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater release date details

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is set for release in 2024. Fans can look into the release dates of other Konami projects to get a more exact read on the game’s release window.

Konami’s release calendar has been the subject of much controversy. Though fans were given a surprise treat when Silent Hill: The Short Message was stealth-launched in January 2024, there was public headbutting between Konami and developer Bloober Team about the company’s marketing and release of the Silent Hill 2 remake. Alongside this are the Suikoden 1 and 2 remasters being in an apparent limbo, going from a 2023 release window to an indefinitely long delay.

The release date of Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is still seemingly penned in for 2024, however. Sony included the game in sizzle reels for the PlayStation 5’s 2024 release lineup alongside titles such as Stellar Blade and Rise of the Ronin.

Does Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater add anything new to the original?

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater will not add anything new to the original game. Instead, this “remake” is being presented as a comprehensive overhaul of the game’s visuals and audio.

Per the official Metal Gear social media account, the story and character voice acting will remain the same. While it’s entirely possible Konami is simply hiding changes to avoid spoilers, it’s unlikely Metal Gear Solid Delta adds anything significant to the original, gameplay-wise.

Konami states the “Delta” name was chosen because it meant “change or difference without changing structure.” Konami likely means the game will run on Unreal Engine 5, but will still play the same as the original Metal Gear Solid 3. The graphical differences between the original game and the remake are stark, but there’s nothing to suggest it goes beyond that.

Is Hideo Kojima working with Konami on the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake?

Hideo Kojima is not taking part in the development of the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake. It is unclear whether the relationship between Kojima and Konami has thawed.

Kojima and Konami had a messy divorce surrounding the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Though Kojima was the most notable name attached to Konami and produced hit games ranging from Metal Gear Solid to Boktai: The Sun in Your Hands, the relationship between the developer and publisher had been publicly souring for some time. Kojima openly expressed his desire to stop working on Metal Gear games, and one of the final missions of Metal Gear Solid V tasked the player with saving Kojima himself from imprisonment.

After The Phantom Pain’s release, The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley stated that Kojima had been barred from attending the event by Konami. From there, Kojima’s development studio officially split away from Konami. Neither has said much about the other since, but odds are that things are still frosty.

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Kojima is running the Kojima Productions development studio, which is currently working on Death Stranding 2, the mysterious Xbox game OD, and another mystery project for PlayStation. An individual claims that a development partner of Konami said the company is effectively scared of backlash from Kojima fans for changing the original. Barring a shock reunion that hasn’t been publicly acknowledged by either party, Kojima has nothing to do with remaking the game.

Officially, the game is being co-developed by Konami and Virtuos Games. Virtuos has worked on a number of ports, re-releases, and remasters for AAA games including NieR Automata: End of Yorha Edition, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, and Dark Souls Remastered for the Nintendo Switch.

Will Metal Gear Solid Delta be on the FOX Engine?

Metal Gear Solid Delta will run on Unreal Engine 5, not the FOX Engine.

The FOX Engine, named after the titular military unit of the same name from the Metal Gear franchise. It was developed by Kojima and was utilized across Konami starting in 2013 starting with Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.

With the decommissioning of eFootball PES 2020, Eventually, Konami discontinued the use of the Fox Engine in favor of the Unreal Engine, citing Xbox  Series X/S and PS5 ports as reasons for the shift. Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater will also run on Unreal Engine 5, which likely means the Fox Engine won’t see any immediate use. 

Does MGS Delta have multiplayer?

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater won’t have multiplayer, in all likelihood.

While gamers praised Metal Gear Solid V for its fun multiplayer mode, it appears multiplayer won’t be a part of Metal Gear Solid Delta. While Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence featured multiplayer, it hasn’t been a part of any other re-releases or ports of the game and there’s no indication by Konami that it will be a part of Delta.

However, Konami didn’t close the door on the multiplayer aspect entirely. In an interview with IGN, Konami told fans to wait for future announcements regarding multiplayer. If Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater gets multiplayer, it will likely be as DLC after the game’s actual release date.

Is David Hayter returning as Snake for MGS Delta?

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater will reuse David Hayter’s voice lines from the original Metal Gear Solid 3.

The Konami press release stated it would “star the original voice characters” and while that might be taken as confirmation that the original cast is returning, in reality Konami is simply going to reuse audio from Metal Gear Solid 3. The official account states that the story and characters will “remain the same from the original game.”

Recent remakes such as Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space took advantage of their remakes to add new elements to the original story, with some games featuring all-new casts of voice actors. Though Metal Gear Solid may have benefitted from this, Delta is currently set to be a strict aesthetic overhaul.

Will Konami make more Metal Gear Solid remakes?

Konami is reportedly working on other Metal Gear Solid remakes, though none have been officially announced.

A remake of Metal Gear Solid 1 was said to be in the works in January. However, the imminent release of Metal Gear Solid Delta means the Snake Eater remake gets priority. According to the report, the remake will be exclusive to the PS5 with no plans for a PS4, PC, or Xbox release in the future.

This is a bit odd as Metal Gear Solid Delta is seemingly set to have a simultaneous release date across the PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, with both Xbox and PlayStation social media channels promoting the game. The Silent Hill 2 remake will reportedly launch on PS5 and PC, so a PC port for the MGS 1 remake may be announced once it’s ready for reveal.

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There’s no word on other games in the series, most notably MGS 2 and Peace Walker. Konami is likely to test the waters with the two most beloved installments in the franchise before committing to more beyond that.

Will there ever be a new MGS game?

Konami has not confirmed the development of any new games in the Metal Gear Solid franchise.

The last mainline entry in the series was Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Kojima exited Konami soon after. Without Kojima’s direction, Konami released Metal Gear: Survive, a spin-off survival game set between Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain. Metal Gear: Survive sold poorly and received significant backlash from the fanbase.

Since then, Konami has not attempted a new entry to the franchise. Konami has gotten somewhat ambitious in its game development efforts, but that’s primarily seen in the Silent Hill series which is being licensed out to various smaller developers from around the globe. Whether the company would be willing to take the plunge on developing another AAA game at a time when even major commercial successes are followed by sweeping layoffs is uncertain, and perhaps unlikely.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2. His work has previously been featured by Bleacher Report and The Washington Post, and he was an Assistant Editor at WIN.gg. You can follow him on Twitter / X at @srondina.

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