UPDATE: While this is the official word from Konami’sUK offices, these screen comparisons (opens in new tab) (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 thetrailer, which appeared on a new MGS site (opens in new tab) this morning and which certain aggregate portals (opens in new tab), news blogs (opens in new tab) and websites (opens in new tab) 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?