Virtuos head programmer Zhiyang Li mentions the AAA remake on his LinkedIn profile, as noticed by Twitter user Faizan Shaikh (and reported by VGC). He claims to have been working on the project since 2018.
Virtuos, the studio rumoured to be recreating Metal Gear Solid 3, has verified that it is working on an undisclosed AAA action-adventure game remake, according to a Virtuos employee.
As per the description of Li’s role at the studio, it seems that the remake will include “4K support on certain platforms” as well as “AAA quality art production” and “set piece destruction”.
As for Virtuos itself, the studio is no stranger to working on AAA games. Previously, the developer worked on the Nintendo Switch port of Dark Souls Remastered and has additionally contributed to a number of other high profile titles including Uncharted 4, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Outer Worlds, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
While it isn’t yet clear the game that Li is referring to, reports surfaced earlier this month suggesting that Konami is planning remasters of the original Metal Gear Solid games for new consoles, as well as a potential full remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater rumoured to be in the works from Virtuos.
While Konami is yet to announce official news of a Metal Gear remake (outsourced or otherwise), last month the studio did revisit one of its beloved IPs with the release of the Castlevania Advanced Collection.
The bundle, which contains Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, was released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and PC. Since its release, reports from the same sources that suggested the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake also claimed that a “reimagining” of Castlevania is being developed by internal Konami studios.