The first Metal Gear Solid is missing from the recently announced Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. According to Kojima Productions creative producer Yishikazu Matsuhana, this is because the studio sees the gameplay and visuals as too dated, and believes it deserves a more suitable recreation.
“Obviously, we wanted to include it and make it a complete collection,” 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.
“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.
“We do want to do that sometime down the road but it will take more time. It’s not something we’re looking at doing right now.”
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which includes Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, is for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 out this year.