Bad news: The Metal Gear Solid HD collection won’t include the first entry in the series.
Good news: That’s because Kojipro hopes to do a full and proper remake.
“Obviously, we wanted to include [Metal Gear Solid] and make it a complete collection,” Kojipro creative producer Yoshikazu Matsuhana told Eurogamer.
“However, as you know, Metal Gear Solid 1 was for the PSone. It has a very, very low polygon count. While at the time the game was something new and refreshing, just bringing it as is into HD probably wouldn’t have that much meaning to us.
“We’re doing two and three with a certain work flow where the goal is to take that game, preserve it and introduce it to a new generation. We can’t really take that approach with Metal Gear Solid 1 because it’s very dated at this point.”
While commenting that the studio has not made a definite plan, Matsuhana said Kojipro wants to do a proper remake.
“If we were going to do Metal Gear Solid 1 we’d want to take more time with it. Not just up-res the textures, not just make things look pretty and polished, but go back and tweak some of the gameplay, tweak the story to update things and do it properly. Not just a re-master but a re-imagining almost.”
As has been repeatedly pointed out, Kojipro seems to have forgotten about its Twin Snakes Gamecube remake, which while not gloriously beautiful, is pretty enough compared to the original PSOne game.
Metal Gear Solid was one of the PSOne’s most innovative and technically impressive games, and many gamer’s first taste of the Metal Gear franchise. Its lineage includes MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater, and MGS4: Guns of the Patriots, as well as spin-offs Acid, Peace Walker and Portable Ops.