Update: Metal Gear Solid V Reveal Trailer Gets Surreal

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Update: Metal Gear Solid V Reveal Trailer Gets Surreal

If you were expecting something straightforward, you've got the wrong series.

Hideo Kojima took the stage at the 2013 Game Developers Conference to talk about Konami's new FOX engine, though you wouldn't have recognized him. With his entire face wrapped in protective bandages, he was indistinguishable from the mysterious character we saw in the trailer for The Phantom Pain - a game that had always looked suspiciously Metal Gear-like. As it turns out, the collective hunches of the internet were right - Kojima hit the play button on an action-packed trailer for none other than Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

We had a few pieces for this particular puzzle already. The trailer included previously seen footage from trailers for The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, but now we have a more complete picture. That's not to say we have any idea what's going on. We see Snake regaining consciousness in a hospital after a nine-year coma. At some point everything goes to hell, since we've seen plenty of Phantom Pain footage depicting an injured Snake escaping from some kind of raid on the hospital. Sometime after the escape, when Snake has recovered from his condition, the game shifts from this linear storyline and the world opens up for tactical free-roaming action.

There are plenty of new sights to see in the new trailer, which is the first piece of media to officially acknowledge Metal Gear Solid V's existence. A slew of characters who look pretty important show up, but knowing the importance of cloning and deception in this series, it's not very helpful to speculate based on appearances (but for the record, that totally looks like Ocelot rescuing Snake on the horse). There are some serious supernatural elements as well - we see another clip of the giant demon-whale eating a helicopter, as well as some horseback combat against a flaming figure riding a fiery, nightmarish unicorn. As for how any of this fits into the game's plot, your guess is as good as mine. We have a couple hints, at least: quoth the video, "From FOX, Two Phantoms were Born." Snake also has a brief line of dialogue referencing a group called the Diamond Dogs, which apparently is his "new home." And somebody named V is awake. Have fun putting that together.

It's worth noting that, yes, the trailer is very pretty - after all, it was debuted in a panel on the power of the FOX engine. We still don't know what the exact relation is between Metal Gear Solid V, Ground Zeroes, and The Phantom Pain, or if they're even separate products at all, but Kojima just let the biggest cat out of the bag so we'll probably be getting more details soon.

UPDATE: Kojima has taken to Twitter to clarify how all these titles fit together. "Ground Zeroes is a prologue of MGSV," he explains. "9 years after that event will be The Phantom Pain." The actual product of Metal Gear Solid V will cover both of these stories, not unlike how Metal Gear Solid 2 started with the prologue on the Tanker before switching to the main story.

Source: Kotaku

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It's looks interesting to say the least but I'm a little confused. Are MGS: Ground Zeros and phantom pain separate games or is it just the one game? I am never going to understand the story.

Not to get nitpicky, but I just need to verify... this is Big Boss in this trailer right? What with the eye patch and all? And the two phantoms would then be Solid and Liquid Snake... Right?

EDIT: And Diamond Dogs is a precursor to Outer Heaven?

Ouch, Snake's new VA...

Also, British flag in the hospital? What's that about?

Well, now I need a fresh pair of pants.

*changes pants*

This looks AMAZING!

Daystar Clarion:
Ouch, Snake's new VA...

Also, British flag in the hospital? What's that about?

Well in MGS4 Big Boss did sound notably different than Snake, so it had to happen.

I'm excited as all hell for this, but also rather disappointed that it looks like David Hayter is no longer going to be voicing Snake.

I mean, the guy was Snake. But it seems, after Ubi also dropped Ironside as Sam Fisher and IO/Square nearly did the same to David Bateson as Agent 47, it seems game publishers don't want distinctive voices any more and every protagonist - or at least male protagonist - shall sound the same. Voiced by Nolan North.

Seriously? i thought anyone with two brain cells could see that was Solid snake in the Phantom pain trailer. Hell i did and i never even played a MGS game >_>

The fuck did I just watch? That wasn't so much a teaser trailer as it was an acid dream that takes place in a hospital.

I mean, I guess it was kinda cool. But it showed nothing about the game, other than a few prerendered cinematics. Which were impressive.

More power to you if this was your thing, but I think this franchise is running its course. Its almost impenetrable to newcomers. It seems to me like this is a series people watch to be confused

Daystar Clarion:
Ouch, Snake's new VA...

Also, British flag in the hospital? What's that about?

Something to do with Major Zero perhaps?

He was definitely British, so it could be something to do with the whole bit between him and Big Boss.

Also Kojima just tweeted

""Ground Zeroes" is a prologue of "MGSV". 9 years after that event will be "The Phantom Pain". MGSV is constructed w/ prologue and main game "TPP". The game play demo I presented today is the opening of "TPP" which is tutorial that starts from crawling."

So I believe it's one game then.

"Well, I had no idea The Phantom Pain had anything to do with MGS5."

Said nobody ever.

Andy Shandy:
I'm excited as all hell for this, but also rather disappointed that it looks like David Hayter is no longer going to be voicing Snake.

I mean, the guy was Snake. But it seems, after Ubi also dropped Ironside as Sam Fisher and IO/Square nearly did the same to David Bateson as Agent 47, it seems game publishers don't want distinctive voices any more and every protagonist - or at least male protagonist - shall sound the same. Voiced by Nolan North.

How sad... David Hayer was the only one to do the whole "I've smoked enough cigerattes both of my lungs have imploded" kind of voice right. You are right, male protagonist voices are way too similar nowadays. Wheres all the different accents? You either have generic white American voice or generic black American voice.

OT: So I'm pretty sure Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes was also part of this elaborate ruse, and that is actually MGS5. Kojima sure knows how to make a good trailer though, that choice of music was bloody amazing.

Daystar Clarion:
Ouch, Snake's new VA...

Also, British flag in the hospital? What's that about?

Missing hand, British flags, member of Fox...

...maybe it's Liquid?

Would be quite cool if he suddenly wasn't as dead as believed (and very Metal Gear). Kind of no surprise that it's MGS5 though, seeing as 'not Psycho Mantis' appeared in the debut. Speaking of which, that's another thing that could tie it to Liquid if Mr Mantis is present.

Did I... just see a helicopter get eaten by a giant whale made of fire?

A few random thoughts that popped into my head while watching this:
1. "This doctor kind of looks like Ben Kingsley."
2. "I really like this song."
3. "Snake/Big Boss, whichever one it is looks...strange, somehow."
4. "Oh look, a massive flaming snake monster and horrible Flaming Horse of the Apocalypse. Huh."
5. "This song is pretty great."
6. "I will probably buy this game, as I will probably do with every future Metal Gear, regardless of quality, because I am just that kind of fan."
7. "I really liked that song."

Able Seacat:
It's looks interesting to say the least but I'm a little confused. Are MGS: Ground Zeros and phantom pain separate games or is it just the one game? I am never going to understand the story.

It's one game.

But I think it will probably be split into 2 parts.

Remember Half-life 2 and portal in one box...but imagine portal being the epilogue to half-life

Rogue 09:
Not to get nitpicky, but I just need to verify... this is Big Boss in this trailer right? What with the eye patch and all? And the two phantoms would then be Solid and Liquid Snake... Right?

EDIT: And Diamond Dogs is a precursor to Outer Heaven?

Yeah and I'm pretty sure the guy riding the horse is Revolver Ocelot. Than the copter pilot was the guy from the MGS PSP game in Central America. And other things that make sense... KOJIMA!!

Lucky Godzilla:

Daystar Clarion:
Ouch, Snake's new VA...

Also, British flag in the hospital? What's that about?

Well in MGS4 Big Boss did sound notably different than Snake, so it had to happen.

That was because Big Boss and Solid Snake had the same VA, so having them talk to each other wouldŽve been pretty awkward. I think heŽll have David Hayter as his VA again.

Two phantoms - Snake and Frank Jaeger, I presume.

Well that was pretty awesome, even if I have no real clue about what's going on but that's normal in MGS. Definitely looking forward to seeing more.
For some reason, Big Boss (I'm assuming it's him)looked kind of weird. I'm not sure what it is, maybe it's the new engine but it's not too bad. However, the voice actor change, now that's something I don't like.
Also, the music is sweet and that's definitely Ocelot on that horse.

Edit: Here's some more, including gameplay footage. Although, mostly just talk about the engine it seems.
http://www.gamespot.com/shows/gamespot-live/?event=the-core-of-mgs-ground-zeroes-20130327

OH I get it! The "coma" referred to in the trailer is the same Coma Big Boss was in when they took the DNA from him to make the Les Enfant Terrible.

The guy in the bandages voiced by Keither Sutherland is Decoy Octopus

Well if no one is gonna ask, I will.

Diamond Dogs....can we expect David Bowie to fight along side Snake?

Aaaaaw Kojima wants to fuck with my head again. No sir, I won't fall for it this time.
*waits for 5 minutes and then breaks down and watches the trailer*
GAAAAAAAH !
But seriously now, not only did I not understand a single frame of that trailer I think I heard something pop in the back of my head when Big Boss spoke with the voice of some NOT DAVID HAYTER ! I'm also curious to see how this ties in with Ground Zeros cause from what I've heard we'll need to buy both games to understand what the fuck is going on. If that's the case I guess Kojima finally learned how to cash in on his "talent" of telling a completely incomprehensible storyline.

Christemo:

Lucky Godzilla:

Daystar Clarion:
Ouch, Snake's new VA...

Also, British flag in the hospital? What's that about?

Well in MGS4 Big Boss did sound notably different than Snake, so it had to happen.

That was because Big Boss and Solid Snake had the same VA, so having them talk to each other wouldŽve been pretty awkward. I think heŽll have David Hayter as his VA again.

Well obviously, and for that exact reason at some point Big Boss has to stop sounding like snake. The change in VA was an inevitability

Typical Metal Gear Solid trailer, never giving any solid details to work out the story setup. Though I where to guest, I'd say a run up to the founding of Outer Heaven and the births of Solid and Liquid.

Andy Shandy:
I'm excited as all hell for this, but also rather disappointed that it looks like David Hayter is no longer going to be voicing Snake.

I mean, the guy was Snake. But it seems, after Ubi also dropped Ironside as Sam Fisher and IO/Square nearly did the same to David Bateson as Agent 47, it seems game publishers don't want distinctive voices any more and every protagonist - or at least male protagonist - shall sound the same. Voiced by Nolan North.

Ah man Snake/Big Boss aren't going be the same without David Hayter.

We all know David Hayter can't voice Big Boss in this game.

Looks like they destroyed MSF headquarters that was built during Peacewalker.
I'm guessing this game will show Big Boss' transition to being the villain of the original Metal Gear 1&2 on the msx.
That voice at the end is Kazuhira Miller.
http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Kazuhira_Miller

NinjaDeathSlap:
Did I... just see a helicopter get eaten by a giant whale made of fire?

Yes. Stuff like that is kind of par-for-the-course for the MGS series, though I have to admit, that certainly is one of the weirder moments so far. :P

OT: Wish we knew what time period it takes place in... And which version of Big Boss we will be playing. Still, looking forward to this one, seeing as I have enjoyed all the MGS games I have played previously. :P

Daystar Clarion:
Ouch, Snake's new VA...

I hate to be "that guy" but I'm pretty good at identifying voice actors and that sounds more like Robin Atkin Downes doing his Master Miller voice.

I have no idea what the timeline in MGS is so Miller could be dead by this point for all I know but Snake's voice may be somewhat preserved.

Voren:
Well if no one is gonna ask, I will.

Diamond Dogs....can we expect David Bowie to fight along side Snake?

That or he'll be the final boss... ..which come to think of it would be freaking damn cool.

Bowie would make an awesome Metal Gear boss.

AxelxGabriel:
OH I get it! The "coma" referred to in the trailer is the same Coma Big Boss was in when they took the DNA from him to make the Les Enfant Terrible.

Not to get nitpicky, but the project that created Solid and Liquid happened before even Peace Walker. This coma is something new entirely.

OT: I pretty much lost my shit when I watched this live. Kojima really knows how to make a trailer.

And i'm pretty fucking stoked for more Big Boss.

So, anyone got any ideas for the timeline? Judging by Big Boss's appearance alongside Miller I'm assuming late 70's early 80's. So 9 years later he wakes up, putting the setting around late 80's early 90's maybe? Interesting.

Typical Kojima though. Where any sane person would make a sequel either at the end of the timeline or the beginning to avoid the mess that would be connecting multiple convoluted plot points together, he seems to fully embrace the challenge of making all the pieces fit together.

In many ways, too much of that trailer looked pretty understandable. This is Kojima, it's always a trap! (Also Psycho Mantis?!! Is it really him?) And does the Union Jack in the hospital room mean this is where the cloning takes place?

Rogue 09:
Not to get nitpicky, but I just need to verify... this is Big Boss in this trailer right? What with the eye patch and all? And the two phantoms would then be Solid and Liquid Snake... Right?

EDIT: And Diamond Dogs is a precursor to Outer Heaven?

I'm pretty sure too, because that was Kaz Miller beside him on the hospital bed right?

And it looked like it was clips of MSF's oil rig being blown up.

EDIT: And Zadoorknobs cigarette lighting hand! Peace Walker really should have been named MGS5. All those people who didn't play past the first set of credits in Peace Walker are going to have missed so much. I want more Paz action =D

NinjaDeathSlap:
Did I... just see a helicopter get eaten by a giant whale made of fire?

Maybe its a crossover with Dungeons and Dragons, as that could have been a level 14 Summon Dire Whale[1]...

[1] I just made that shit up, but now i'm starting to think... is there a dire whale summon in D&D, and if not, why not?

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