The first trailer for the Shadow Moses remake from Metal Gear Solid in the Unreal Engine 4 has gone live on YouTube. The video is gaining a lot of attention and positive feedback as it shows Metal Gear Solid looking clean and pristine in today’s engine technology. It’s best to grab a look before those C&D letters start flowing out of the legal orifices of Konami.
DSO Gaming spotted the new trailer posted by Airam Hernandez, better known as iRam Gamer, who is working on the project. You can get a look at it below, which also shows Solid Snake in action with a solid looking model and some really good, well made movement animations.
I’ve decided to remove the comments section because the 80% of the comments were C&D related. Sorry about that. We just need to clarify something: Konami owns the MGS copyright and therefore sooner or later we will need their full permission.
Those UE4 animation blending trees are looking tight. That brief clip of the soldier transitioning from a cautious walk to a paused stop was as fluid as the sweat beading down Steve Harvey’s bald head when he screwed up at the Miss Universe pageant.
Hernandez taking advantage of the physically based lighting native to the Unreal Engine 4 really gives the project that dark, brooding atmosphere. The juxtaposition of well lit gun-metal textures and concrete structures set against those really dark corners draped in barely visible shadows depicts the Shadow Moses facility as a more menacing location than its original debut on the PSX back in 1998.
Hernandez explains in a Facebook post what his motivations are behind the project and how it came to be, writing…
“Well, the first objective of this project was to recreate just the Shadow Moses environments and make a “museum game” to those who wanted to explore the base with current technology.
“My surprise was that after a few weeks, everybody was talking about it! So many online magazines started writing articles and I received a lot of messages offering help and support. That’s the reason I decided to remake the entire game!”
On the YouTube page there are comments up and down the video talking about the impending C&D letters from Konami who they feel will ask Hernandez to cease and desist his endeavors to remake the original PSX version of Metal Gear Solid. However, Hernandez has already been thinking ahead and mentioned in the post that they’ve already been in contact with Konami thanks to a certain Dan Meadowcroft. Hernandez writes…
“I also have to thank a person who is helping me a lot! His name is Dan Meadowcroft, and he is doing an amazing job with all the music aspects of the game and is also in charge with the conversations with Konami and all the public relations.”
So there you have it… Konami is well aware of what the duo are up to. That doesn’t mean that the big ‘K’ is going to leave them alone. They may be making some headway now but we’ll see what happens when they start getting serious and making some serious progress on the remake.
For now you can keep track of the Metal Gear Solid remake by heading to the official Facebook page.