Kojima has announced over a recent roundtable interview that he is currently searching for a western developer to remake and adapt Metal Gear Solid, released in 1998, into the new Fox Engine that is used in MGSV: The Phantom Pain. Kojima wants to update some parts of the mechanics and modernize them in the stealth classic more so than just updating the graphics. This isn’t the first time he has decided to look for a western developer; Kojima decided to hand over the making of Metal Gear Rising to Platinum games who most is known for Bayonetta. He did the same thing the first time around MGS was remade; He sought out the developer of Eternal Darkness, Silicon Knights, which did a pretty decent job making Twin Snakes for the Gamecube.
[UPDATE] this was partly a mistranslation on the translators’ part, Kojima said that he was not currently looking for someone to remake MGS1 or MGS2. Kojima himself recently said, “If there’s some creator or team in this world who had the love and passion to remake MGS1, I would love to ask for it”. Sounds like an invitation…
Following the announcement, Just Add Water, the British studio who developed the Oddworld inhabitants projects are the first studio to publicly to come out and say let us remake your game. They are currently remaking their classic as well, Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey for the next gen systems.
Dear Mr. Kojima,
We Read with great excitement on VG247 that you were looking for a studio to work with to develop a Metal Gear Solid remake using the Fox Engine, that your team has been hard at work creating.
We at Just Add Water feel ideally positioned to do the remake justice for several reasons:
1. WE have experience working with legendary IP (Oddworld Inhabitants) and treating the subject matter with the respect it deserves.
2. Many members of our team are huge Metal Gear fans, with very good knowledge of the source material.
3. We really, really want to do it
For evidence of our abilities, please check out not only the HD treatment of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, released on PS3, Vita and PC, but the current re-creation of Abe’s Oddysee, titles Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty.
We eagerly await your response
Love and cuddles,
The JAW Team
Given the experience these guys have had remaking their titles this would be a excellent candidate. The Oddworld: Strangers Wrath port on the Vita was definitely an excellent title and worth the buy. However with the update stating that there was no active search for a remake developer, with JAW coming out and screaming they want to do it who knows; maybe this is a match made in heaven.