This week saw the release of Metal Gear Solid: The Master Collection, which makes one of the great gaming series available once more on contemporary platforms. It should have been cause for great celebration but… oh dear, oh dear oh dear. These compilations are more complex and harder work than we the audience often assume but, even so, it’s striking that Konami sent out its crown jewels in anything less than fully polished condition.
Clearly someone at the publisher is paying attention, too, because if you want to take some heat off while the patchers get busy a-patching, then a distraction’s a good idea. Special ops 101 or something. So it is that our first proper look at Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater has arrived: first announced at Summer Games Fest, this is a project that feels mostly remaster and part-remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
I’m not googling the keyboard shortcuts for the triangle every time, so you’ll have to make do with me calling Delta “MGSD.” MGSD is giving MGS3 a full visual overhaul, and various gameplay enhancements, but judging on the layouts shown thus far is going to hew extraordinarily close to the original in terms of the moment-to-moment Tactical Espionage Action. It’s being made in Unreal Engine 5, and at this point it’s appropriate to pour one out for Konami’s superlatively good and chronically under-used FOX Engine. But as this trailer shows the Metal Gear Solid 5 influence is unmistakable in Naked Snake’s new animations.