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Konami’s Snake Eater Pachislot hints at a new HD remake?

While everyone seems annoyed, pissed or heartbroken by Pachi Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater, I think it’s downright awesome. Not only are there a thousand things popping off in this EIGHT MINUTE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO but the amount of footage from Snake Eater they’ve recreated in the Fox Engine seems staggering. Hmmm…

It’s almost like they recreated these scenes in an engine capable of running in real time on modern consoles and PCs for something other than a slot machine. With Kojima gone another HD remake of the series would be the quickest offering to turn out. The last HD versions are only a generation old and dumping them into the Fox Engine could be a potentially efficient way to keep the series out there while a new team works up a sequel of their own.

Or Konami really did pour all these resources into a slot machine. That’s pretty cool too.

Snake Eater Returns in Konami’s latest Pachislot Machine

There’s a new Metal Gear Solid coming in 2016… and it’s exactly what we all thought it would be: a casino game. Konami’s latest Pachislot creation, Pachi Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater launches this Autumn in Japan and most likely nowhere else. The cabinet features the familiar red exclamation, a glowing python, a peculiar keyhole and an array of mysterious buttons (and a pinball plunger?).  All the controls are discreetly wrapped around a huge 32” LCD screen that looks like it can be linked up to neighboring machines for a striking attract screen.

I was a little surprised at first glance to see it was based on Snake Eater but that was the last time the mainline series was really fun. They get to trade on the 60’s spy vibe and that fantastic theme song and it has a more colorful cast of bosses than later entries. Maybe Snake Eater was the most popular of the series in Japan or it sold extra well over there.

What surprised me the most is that they have apparently recreated Snake, Boss and a number of scenes from the game in a new engine. I don’t think it looked this sharp even in the HD collection which I just played a year or so ago. Is it rendered out from MGSV’s engine because it’s not quite full CG quality? Konami would be smart to leverage that tech anywhere they can after spending millions to develop it.

I can’t discern much more from the Japanese teaser for the game and I also don’t know how casino machines work in Japan so just enjoy the video. It’s definitely the most interesting slot machine I’ve heard about in a while.

E3: Konami combines slots with RPGs to make pseudo-game Slot Revolution

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Love playing 10000000 but hate all that strenuous tile matching? Konami is streamlining the interaction for you and simultaneously branding this as a Revolution title. The only thing that could make this better is if NAOKI was doing the music or if it were called Slot Slot Revolution.

If you’re legitimately interested and not just entertained like I am, the game will be released for free  this Summer for iOS, Android and Kindle. You can even carry your progress across devices if you’re one of those tech journalist types that pack three phones and a tablet.