UPDATE: While this is the official word from Konami’s UK offices, these screen comparisons (for the rest, keep digging through the thread) between the two trailers do seem to show subtle differences, so we’re torn between the truth our eyes perceive, and Konami’s truth. If they tell us anything else, we’ll be sure to share it.
Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, Konami has not issued a "remastered" or enhanced video of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
GamesRadar has spoken to Konami, who informed us that the trailer, which appeared on a new MGS site this morning and which certain aggregate portals, news blogs and websites claim displays new visual effects, is definitely not new. Konami stressed to us that it has not released any new footage, and that we won't see anything of MGS4 until E3 2007 in July.
This "new" footage is simply a recut version of last year's E3 trailer. Smoke effects, particles, melon physics, textures - all of these things are exactly the same in both versions, with not a hint of any retouched effects to be seen. And, anyway, doesn't Konami have better things to do than fiddle around with existing footage?
Above: Konami has stamped out any suggestions that new, retouched footage of Metal Gear Solid 4 has been released
In fact, the only actual difference is that the E3 trailer features a credits screen with a PlayStation 3 logo, while the trailer that appeared this morning has a credit screen without the logo. Don't read anything into this, though - the Tokyo Game Show trailer we saw last September, four months after E3, also has a credits screen without a PlayStation 3 logo.
We're all rabidly excited about seeing Metal Gear Solid 4 in action, and so it's understandable that people will go coconuts over anything that even suggests to be new content. But this is not new footage, promises Konami. We'll all just have to wait until E3 to see what comes next for Solid Snake.
June 7, 2007