Kind of. The "confirmation" ended up being a hoax, but there's leaked images of konami's Fox Engine running a Metal Gear Solid game where the player character is Big Boss post-Peace Walker. [link]
Konami swears that this isn't anything but a mere techdemo, but if that's the case why go though the trouble of making Big Boss appear how he would in the early 80's rather than just re-use an older design?
Again, it's not exactly "right", but it just.. I dunno looked nice when I was drawing it.
Snake's MGS1 model was a bit on the lean side, built more like Bruce Lee than the BEEF SNAKE we know today. He was ridiculously cut, but not very thick.
I really love MGS1 Snake's design. I actually remember hating MGS2 Snake's look at first because of how different it was. He went from a short-haired clean-shaven thin guy to a Beefy Beardy Mullet Man.
Of course it quickly grew on me, it was just.. shocking to see at first.
That was the shot actually, not the vest. The same shot suppressed his stomach acids, allowing him to sneak in a carton of cigarettes. Lord knows how he got them out of his stomach....
Interesting note, Yoji Shinkawa, the lead concept artist actually said that Snake and Raiden's MGS2 outfits were based off of bondage gear. He also admitted to making the cockpits in Zone of the Enders located near the robot's crotch merely as a crude pun.
There's a sketch in one of the art books actually that pokes fun at the inspiration for Snake's corset in particular.
I really do wish they would have went with this [link] prototype model of her for MGS4 instead of the final [link]
And i will be forever butthurt over how, yeah she was just a no-show in 2. Maybe one day they'll make a game inbetween 1 and 2 that shows Otacon and Snake doing the cavorting around destroying Metal Gears they mentioned so casually in 2, and show exactly why Meryl and Snake didn't become super awesome Metal Gear destroying bros.
Yup, just a sketch. My coloring and line cleaning just makes it look fancy is all.
AND TUMBLRO'S SOUNDS LIKE SOME KIND OF NOODLE TO ME FOR SOME REASON.