Konami has released a trailer revealing one of the most critically-acclaimed PlayStation 2 games, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, is being remade into a high-definition pachinko slot machine.
Yes, a Metal Gear fan’s worst nightmare has come true. This doesn’t come as a surprise given a previous trademark filing hinted at the possibility of a Metal Gear pachinko and Konami used their other franchises for pachinko machines, including a Castlevania one with “erotic violence.”
To further add salt to the wound, the Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater pachinko’s visuals are actually quite stunning! In the trailer, we see various key characters and the emotional final meeting between Naked Snake and the Boss rendered beautifully with modern visuals, possibly in Metal Gear Solid V’s FOX Engine.
The pachinko machine features a 32-inch full HD screen positioned vertically, an industry first and the "next generation of pachislot," says Konami.
We can only hope Konami is maybe developing a proper Snake Eater remake fans deserve, utilizing the graphics seen in the pachinko game. Probably not, but a man can dream.
Since last year, Konami has become a despised company in the gaming world following the falling-out between the Japanese company and its longtime and most celebrated developer, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain shipped as an unfinished game, missing a major final third chapter. Konami even stopped Kojima from physically accepting awards for his game.
Konami also canceled Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s highly-anticipated game Silent Hills, which was set to star The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus. The horror title’s much-loved free demo, P.T, was removed from the PlayStation Store as well.
Reports from current and former Konami employees described an unforgiving work environment, almost Orwellian in nature. A number of its game developers have left over recent years as the company shifted its focus to mobile games, casino machines, and gyms.
After his departure from Konami, Hideo Kojima formed a new development studio, also named Kojima Productions, which is currently workin on a AAA action game for PlayStation 4. You can read more about his new studio here.