When the 3DS debuted at the 2010 E3 one of the first demos to catch our eye was Hideo Kojima’s three dimensional remake of his PS2 classic Metal Gear Solid 3. The remake took advantage of the new system’s features pretty well, and when we saw a fuller version of it at E3 2011 we were still impressed. Though a release date hadn’t been given, we assumed it was this year (rumors swirled it was coming in November), but today a French Konami press rep said that the remake wouldn’t get to consumers until early 2012. Merde!
The source of the comment comes via GoNintendo and a French representative for the Japanese publisher, which we felt left too many things to chance, so we checked in with Konami ourselves. After checking with a US press representative for the publisher, we got the very noncommittal “We have not announced MGS 3DS North American shipdate yet,” so we remain in the dark about whether we’ll play Snake’s 1960s adventure this year. Still, we wouldn’t be too surprised if this report proves true, as it would join a growing number of third-party titles being delayed on the new handheld.
This annoying rumor is part of a string a poor news for the 3D console, as it struggles with third-party support. MGS3D would follow Sega delaying Shinobi and Crush3D on the system, and Capcom outright cancelling Mega Man Legends 3. Another unfortunate effect of this delay, if true, is that it would come out after the HD remake of the PS2 original hits PS3/360 near the year’s end. Does anyone but the most diehard MGS fan have room for that many remakes? We’ll let you know when we get confirmation either way on this, but hopefully we won’t have to wait until September’s Tokyo Game Show (the epicenter of all Japanese gaming news) to find out. In the meantime, why not enjoy the mega-smooth theme to Snake Eater?
Jul 26, 2011