Oh, please let this actually come out.

A Metal Gear Solid fan named Airam Hernandez is recreating the original game with Unreal Engine 4, and it looks fantastic. Just check it out yourself:

Drool. Of course, Konami owns the rights to the franchise, and that company is moving away from game development. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima doesn’t even work there anymore. So, who knows if Konami will allow this fan project to actually release.

“Konami owns the MGS copyright and therefore sooner or later we will need their full permission,”  Hernandez noted on the project’s Facebook page. “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.”

Sadly, original publishers often terminate these kinds of fan projects. While it’s easy to vilify game companies when that happens, many are just protecting their intellectual properties. Still, we hope that we’ll actually get to play Shadow Moses ourselves one day.