That Metallic Gear Stable 2 Remaster Tease Was a Hoax


Final week, Metallic Gear Stable followers had been handled to one thing of a tease; a Twitter account that presupposed to be from a fictional worker at Large Shell from Metallic Gear Stable 2. In varied methods it gave the impression to be teasing an impending announcement for what many assumed could be a Metallic Gear Stable 2 remaster, or remake, or rerelease of some king. Because it seems, that entire Metallic Gear Stable 2 remaster tease was only a hoax that obtained a bit out of hand, and didn’t even start with the intention of being a hoax.

The fictional Tom Olsen Twitter account began posting photographs and movies from his day by day life at Large Shell, pictures that had been increased decision screenshots of Metallic Gear Stable 2’s gameplay environments from a first-person perspective not doable within the recreation. The account picked up steam when it began teasing visits from President Johnson and massive conferences on particular dates. Enjoying into traditional Metallic Gear themes, a few of the tweets had been a bit extra…weird…and appeared to point one thing extra happening than somebody simply roleplaying. And issues actually took on a lifetime of their very own when the official Metallic Gear Twitter account quote tweeted one of many Tom Olsen tweets in character, reminding him that that they had “guests coming.”

Gaming media, ourselves included, began selecting up on the story at this level. The Metallic Gear Twitter’s involvement gave the impression to be a surefire affirmation that Tom Olsen was not directly official. And Metallic Gear has had far, far crazier conspiracy-laden advertising plans. Bear in mind the time Hideo Kojima turned “Joakim Mogren” and made a wholly fictional developer advertising a pretend recreation that turned out to be Metallic Gear Stable V: The Phantom Ache, the prequel chapter to Metallic Gear Stable V? In comparison with that, the Tom Olsen Twitter gave the impression to be a straightforward purchase in.

However alas, it isn’t to be. The Tom Olsen account is just not an official Konami PR or advertising scheme. It’s the property of Metallic Gear fan Nitroid. Ars Technica’s Kyle Orland did some digging and located the whole hoax to be thinly veiled. Nitroid had posted intentions to create a take a look at “the opposite facet” of Metallic Gear Stable 2, specializing in the views of workers of Large Shell. In essence, Tom Olsen was merely an enormous unofficial fan fiction; a enjoyable manner of telling a special facet of the Metallic Gear Stable 2 story.

Lance McDonald, recognized for his technical datamining into varied video games, identified again on April twentieth the truth that it was only a fan having enjoyable, which precipitated Nitroid to delete his tweets in regards to the Tom Olsen account to raised cover its origins. McDonald managed to get the within scoop from Nitroid about how he obtained the distinctive footage from the sport. “He simply makes use of the PS2 ‘Doc of Metallic Gear Stable‘ cutscene digital camera DVD operating on PCSX2 emulator to make it look nicer,” McDonald stated. “I don’t wish to break his enjoyable, but it surely’s been humorous seeing information retailers overlaying Tom Olsen again when Nitroid’s tweets had been all nonetheless stay and so they didn’t appear to note.”

In accordance with McDonald, Nitroid thought it was humorous to look at the rumor mill at work. Nitroid has made public feedback on Twitter prior to now about his lack of religion in journalism as reporters rush to run with these tales as an alternative of doing extra digging and truth checking, although he actually couldn’t have deliberate on the Metallic Gear Twitter account’s involvement to essentially stir the pot. Nitroid did lastly fess as much as every little thing through The Kojima Frequency podcast, although it’s nonetheless unclear how or why the official Metallic Gear Twitter account obtained concerned, besides that it’s ceaselessly retweeting and replying to varied fan tasks unrelated to inner plans.

Ars Technica’s Orland notes the irony within the unfold of misinformation through an interconnected society that performed out mainly enjoying out the precise themes that Metallic Gear Stable 2 narrative centered on. So whereas we will not be getting a Metallic Gear Stable 2 remaster, the Tom Olsen hoax was a reasonably efficient reminder of the ethical of its story.

Nonetheless, rumors abound that one thing Metallic Gear associated is within the works someplace (apart from the film, starring Oscar Issac). Stable Snake voice actor David Hayter just lately stated that there’s a powerful trade rumor of a Metallic Gear Stable remake, although with the monitor report for earlier MGS rumors, we’ll wait till this one has a bit extra veracity earlier than getting hyped.

[Supply: Ars Technica]

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