By and large the fan communities out there operate within the publishers and rights holders' good graces, even if sometimes their obsessions get a little too big. What they do isn't always legal, but since most of it is classified within the realm of die-hard fandom (case in point: Skyblivion or Half-Life 3 short films) they usually get away with a casual thumbs up. Sometimes publishers even promote their fans' work, helping increase its exposure and occasionally securing those individuals some work.
However, in the case of a recent Metal Gear fan project that thumbs up flipped upside down. The project was operating for several months without much friction from IP owner Konami, but just recently the company changed its stance and now the fan remake has been shut down.
For those who might not be familiar, the intent of the project was to remake the original Metal Gear using more up-to-date graphics. The team had acquired several prominent developers — who worked on games like Gears of War, Fire Emblem, and inFAMOUS — and even had original Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter on-board. Check out the teaser trailer for the game below:
As you can tell, this was more than just a simple fan-made piece of art, and so it's unfortunate that Konami couldn't give the project the "okay." The project's producer suggests that some at Konami were all for the remake but ultimately the company as a whole, or at least the decision makers, was not.
Thankfully for Metal Gear fans, the property as a whole is not dead. Konami and Kojima Productions are hard at work on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which looks to be the series' most ambitious outing yet. However, it's worth pointing out that David Hayter is not involved with voicing Snake/Big Boss, as that task has passed on to Kiefer Sutherland.
But for those who still love the crazy, convoluted storylines of MGS, and the kooky characters, this upcoming game should be right up your alley. And because it's always important to remember one's roots, the game even features the return of the cardboard box.
Are you sad to hear this Metal Gear fan remake is dead? Should Konami have given the project their approval?
Source: Metal Gear Informer
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