4K AI-scaled Metal Gear Solid 2 trailer from E3 2000 has high hopes for a good next-gen remaster


Digital Foundry’s 4K AI-upscaled Metal Gear Solid 2 E3 2000 trailer has many hoping for a proper next-gen remaster of the title.

The Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty trailer that Hideo Kojima and Konami debuted at E3 2000 remains one of the most iconic debut trailers in video game history. Some argue that the trailer is a contender for the best game trailer ever made. The trailer was shown in real time on PlayStation 2 and despite the technological advancements of the past 20 years, Kojima’s debut trailer remains a masterpiece.

Using recent AI upscaling techniques, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has ‘remastered’ the iconic limited edition HD DVD version of the original trailer (released only in Japan) using Topaz Gigapixel AI upscaling techniques. The results are impressive and we, among many, can only hope that one day fans old and new can somehow relive this Metal Gear experience through a true next-gen remaster.

Watch Digital Foundry’s 4K AI-scaled Metal Gear Solid 2 E3 2000 trailer below:

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was officially released for PlayStation 2 in 2001. The game is a direct sequel to 1998’s Metal Gear Solid and the fourth game in the Metal Gear series. An expanded version of the game with new story-based missions, extra missions and 350 VR missions, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, was released in 2002 for PC and the original Xbox, in addition to a PS2 version a little later.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance also has a wealth of additional elements, via the addition of all-new ‘Snake Tale’ missions and over 500 alternate and VR-based segments. The former allows the user to control Snake in scenarios that Raiden faces in the original Sons of Liberty adventure, bringing a fresh spin to the game. The VR levels are designed as a series of challenges, requiring the player to make good use of Snake’s stealth skills and Raiden’s mastery of weapons in a series of computer-generated tasks. With an unparalleled level of aesthetic detail and truly innovative gameplay, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is famous for its incredible depth and innovative gameplay.

In 2011, Konami released an HD edition of the title for PS3 and Xbox 360. A vita port was released a year later. The console versions of this HD version have a resolution of 720p and a widescreen aspect ratio. The title was also released as part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.