The Phantom Pain is Metal Gear Solid V: Here’s What We Know
You know that really cool-looking trailer with a lot of potentially interesting gameplay mechanics, like muscle atrophy and a hero character dealing with having an amputated limb?
Yeah, forget all those cool new ideas, because it’s actually a Metal Gear game.
Today at GDC 2013 in San Francisco, Kojima Productions revealed that The Phantom Pain, the game first teased during the Spike TV Video Game Awards last year, is, in fact, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Just like everyone thought based on the circus of goofy clues, such as the game’s logo and the interviews with the made-up video game producer, Joakim Morgen.
We know a few new things about Metal Gear Solid V as of this writing. First, the game uses Kojima Productions’ new Fox Engine, which does look rather awesome. Most of the GDC reveal was dedicated to the new engine, but we did again see the gameplay trailer from the VGAs, this time hearing that it was in-game Fox Engine footage, played live, rendered on a PC.
Other details that are trickling out now: Metal Gear Solid V is a combination of The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and the hospital sequence from The Phantom Pain is actually the game’s opening tutorial. MGS V will actually be an open-world game once you get through that opening sequence, however. Apparently, Snake starts the game after being in a coma for nine years, but it appears that he’ll get his movement back over time and that he’ll eventually get a robot hand, too. We also know that Ishmael, the bandaged dude that helps Snake in the opening sequence, is voiced by Kiefer “Jack Bauer” Sutherland.
What’s not known at this point is whether that’s Solid Snake or Big Boss in the trailer, or whether voice actor David Hayter is reprising his role as Snake. It does look like a younger version of Revolver Ocelot shows up in the trailer, however, which suggests perhaps that it’s Big Boss we’re seeing.
Update: It seems David Hayter won’t be reprising his role as Snake, at least right now, according to his Twitter feed.
Update 2: According to resident Metal Gear expert James Murff, Richard Doyle is voicing Snake. That’s the actor who portrayed Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid IV. I’m now pretty confident that Big Boss is the primary character of Metal Gear Solid V. (James came to that conclusion almost immediately.)
Well look,At least I had a good run.
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) March 27, 2013
Hideo Kojima’s GDC panel is continuing as I write this, so we’ll update this story as more information becomes available. Check out the trailer below.
Personally, I’m very disappointed that The Phantom Pain didn’t turn out to be something new and different, and rather is yet another entry into the already overwrought Metal Gear Solid franchise. Yes, it’s been obvious all along what we were really seeing, but I was really hoping for something new, exciting, and different.
Where do you guys stand? Let us know in the comments.