Any Metal Gear fan has likely found out by this point that Konami has decided to sully the Metal Gear series by making it into a Pachinko series, and they’re starting off with one of the best members of the series: Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater. They’re promoting this Metal Gear Solid 3 pachinko game through a series of desktop images.
Konami’s sudden swerve towards pachinko in the aftermath of Hideo Kojima’s firing has alienated a significant portion of the fanbases that it has ownership of, mainly as instead of making new entries into those series, they’re making pachinko versions instead. Metal Gear Solid 3 pachinko is only the start; there’s also pachinko machines coming for games like Silent Hill and Castlevania.
But for now, we only have Metal Gear Solid 3 desktops being promoted by Konami, and whether or not Silent Hill and Castlevania get the same treatment remains to be seen. Admittedly, the poster actually does look fairly good; it could be a movie poster if it weren’t for the fact htat it’s already an established property.
However, whether it will attract numbers to the pachinko machines remains to be seen. Pachinko is popular mainly in Japan, and Konami owns a great deal of gambling machines there that make a large amount of money. While some Metal Gear fans in Japan may try the game out simply to get their Metal Gear fix (especially in the aftermath of the much-derided Metal Gear Survive reveal), many people may simply be attracted by the poster.
That just makes the situation even weirder, because you won’t even be really “playing” a Metal Gear Solid 3 pachinko game. Pachinko is played by simply sending little balls down through a large number of pegs to try and get them into certain slots. The only relevance the game will even have to Metal Gear Solid 3 is that cutscenes of the game’s story will likely play as the game goes on.