MGS3 remake rumours ignite as Donna Burke is spotted recording theme

Konami fans have been hoping to see the heavily rumoured MGS3 remake release date arrive and now, its existence may just have been reinforced.

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April 15, 2023 The recording session director, Mason Liberman, has since clarified that Donna Burke’s work here is not for a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake via social media.

Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater did what seemed impossible upon release, as it redefined the stealth genre again years after Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty achieved the same goal. Two decades nearly passed since MGS3 was released on the PlayStation 2, and despite an HD collection upgrade, fans of the Konami-published game are ready for an MGS3 remake. If you’ve been wondering whether a new version of MGS3 actually exists, well we could be getting closer to something more concrete.

Posting to their official Twitter page, MGS3 theme song singer Donna Burke provides an update on a new project she’s working on: “Nothing beats working with good people. Nothing. Thanks for today Mason Lieberman (director) and Yusuke Mori (engineer) and Tomomi Ura (EA).” The pictures attached to the tweet depict Burke in a recording studio, though one image, in particular, might be the biggest hint that an MGS3 remake is in the works.

Spotted by Twitter user ‘kubuskwal‘, the eagle-eyed Metal Gear Solid fan claims that “Donna Burke is recording Snake Eater in a studio. MGS3 remake seems imminent now.” This is backed up by the user’s attention to detail, as they zoom in on one of Burke’s images to reveal multiple lyric sheets containing the words for Metal Gear Solid 3’s legendary theme song. Another tweet shows Burke holding up an item that outright says Snake Eater within its design.

An updated version of the theme was recorded for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which reflected the game’s usage of 80s alternative and pop music.

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The theme is notable for playing during MGS3’s introductory sequence which has players climb a ladder for the entire duration of the song, building up anticipation for the game’s sprawling and often wild narrative. Burke’s performance, in tandem with the song’s opulent orchestral components, has drawn comparisons to composers John Barry and David Arnold of the James Bond movie series.

A theory long-held by fans is that developer Bluepoint Games is working on both a Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 3 remaster, alongside a possible Bloodborne remaster too. Franchise creator Hideo Kojima parted ways with publisher Konima following the release of MGS5, going on to create Death Stranding and its forthcoming sequel, Death Stranding 2. Whether a potential MGS remake includes Kojima’s blessing or input remains to be seen but it would be a missed opportunity for fans.

Games like Undetected seek to fill the void that Metal Gear Solid has left in the heart of stealth fans, but many of waiting to hear David Hayter’s signature Solid Snake or Big Boss drawl once again.