The fan-made Metal Gear Solid remake has been cancelled

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For a while now, a small team has been hard at work remaking the very first Metal Gear Solid in Unreal Engine 4. Called Shadow Moses, the unofficial, fan-built Unreal Engine 4 recreation of the original Metal Gear Solid has looked rather promising.

Back when the first trailer was released in October 2015, the team behind the remake had a message for hopeful, excited fans to help them keep that excitement in check.

“Konami owns the MGS copyright and therefore sooner or later we will need their full permission. We have therefore chosen to openly share this project from the beginning so that we can deal with any issues that may arise as they come.
We believe this is better than putting years of work into a project only to get it shut down.”

That sharing may have been for naught anyway. The team behind the remake has unceremoniously shut the thing down, with a simple Facebook message.

“We have to cancel the Shadow Moses Project for reasons beyond our control,” the developer said on the project’s Facebook page. “We would like to thank everyone for the tremendous support we have received.”

It was originally created to function as a bit of a digital museum.

“The first objective of this project was to recreate just the Shadow Moses environments and make a “museum game” to those who wanted to explore the base with current technology,” said creator Airam Hernandez on the game’s Facebook page. “My surprise was that after a few weeks, everybody was talking about it! So many online magazines started writing articles and I received a lot of messages offering help and support. That’s the reason I decided to remake the entire game!”

There’s nothing to suggest that Konami or its army of lawyers is behind the project’s termination, but it’s probably quite likely. In fact, I have no idea who the team thought they’d get this far in the first place. I can’t say I’m remotely surprised it’s been canned.

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Last Updated: March 7, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Of course it was cancelled, Konami dropped a ton of bricks on them

  • Jan Prins

    Wait. Let me put on my shock face.

  • Francois Knoetze

    Was wondering how long this was going to last. Konami should have let it flourish, give the studio credit and be the publisher. Cut a deal for the profits and its a win win for both. Visionless prats that Konami are this shut down is to be expected. Would have sold like hotcakes though.

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