Snake can bring a companion to certain missions in MGSV, speed up time by smoking a cigar

Some interesting information on Metal Gear Solid V has surfaced.

This information was actually revealed several months ago during the Hideradio Podcast, but because this is spoken entirely in Japanese, most of it hasn’t reached fans outside of Japan. But recently it has been translated, and summarized in a video by Youtube user YongYea.

Snake can bring a ‘buddy’ with him in certain missions. This companion can wear the same equipment as Snake. An (unreleased) concept art by Shinkawa was shown during the podcast, and according to the female host the companion looked ‘cute’. Whether this will be a co-op feature for two players or just a single player option wasn’t clear.

It has also been confirmed by Kojima that Snake can fast forward the passage of time by smoking a cigar, as was shown in the E3 2013 trailer. In other words, by using the cigar item players can speed up the time, and this part shows what it will actually look like.

Metal-Gear-Solid-V-Smoking-Cigar

Some small bits of information were given as well, but most of it was already known. There were still some interesting new things though:

  • The Afghanistan map in MGSV will be geographically based on Jordan.
  • A boy from Ghana, named Julius, will be playing one of the African child soldiers seen in the trailer.
  • Snake’s face is based on four different people, Kaz’ model was made in a similar way.
  • Huey’s face has been 3D scanned from a French model.

Source: HideRadio, via YongYea

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  • Golgari

    I hope AI will not be a disaster for a companion. In The Last Of Us AI was a total disaster. Where enemy AI could give two … about our companion in most cases when he saw our Ellie/Tress + it was glitchy.

    I always think that it is very hard to make a good companion. In most cases they are glitchy. I hope that KojiPro will do a good job with the AI.

    • Nyxus

      Rat Pt 01 in MGS4 worked pretty well. They weren’t that useful but didn’t get in the way either.

      • Golgari

        Rat Pt 01 was scripted and there was not a lot of stealth elements to it so not really a good comparison. Yeah, they were fine but it is not really the best example of an AI.

        I’m sure Kojima is trying to do something similar to ArmA/The Last Of Us games where AI is it’s own thing and helps player in some ways.

        for example in MGSV maybe AI will drive a jeep while you on the other hand will sit with him and give orders and at the same time you can shoot from a vehicle. Maybe player and AI can do simultaneously CQC at the same time on both enemies.

        Or maybe AI will defend you from certain situations with a gun. Lot’s of possibilities but at the same time making good AI is hard as hell in videogames.

        • Nyxus

          Yeah, but we don’t really know to what kind of missions this will apply. It’s may not be for the stealth missions at all.

          We’ll see I guess.

        • William of Orange

          That cqc-part sounds really awsome.

        • Nekkedsnake

          That CQC part does sound neat. also i’d like to see enemies take part in defending themselves in their own defensive CQC. The only time i saw something like that was in MGS4 and PW where certain enemies try to strangle Snake

          http://images.eurogamer.net/articles//a/1/3/5/3/6/2/mgs4cap_0414_2.jpg.jpg/EG11/resize/300×-1/quality/91

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  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    This is very interesting. the part about the cigar escapes me but I suppose since people usually smoke to pass time it just works.

    • Nyxus

      Yeah, it’s just about Snake killing some time I guess. Similar to Old Snake smoking cigarettes in MGS4 during installation.

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        Exactly.

        • Nekkedsnake

          1980s e-cigars..?

          • Nyxus

            Hey, this is still Metal Gear. ;)

          • Nekkedsnake

            so true!

          • Golgari

            Yes. Why not? The first patent for e-cigars were in 1960 by A. Gilbert but the recipe was forgotten and never was commercialized.

            and we are talking about Big Boss who has the latest technology under his umbrella. So it is possible that Huey or whatever it is developed special E-cigar for Big Boss.

          • Nekkedsnake

            you’re right it’s a Metal Gear game. I mean Big Boss has a mechanical arm for goodness sake!

      • William of Orange

        Does that mean that we will see a warning on the bottom of the screen saying: warning: smoking is hazardous?

        • Nyxus

          I don’t know, maybe not if it’s an electronic cigar.

          • William of Orange

            Because the front of the cigar looks sort of artificial?

          • Nyxus

            Yeah, the tip makes me believe it’s not a real cigar, but an ‘e-cigar’ instead.

          • William of Orange

            Do those things exactly exist? I know that there are e-cigarettes on the market, but e-cigars?

          • Nyxus

            Yeah, they do. I just googled it.

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            @Guest

            FACT check:

            “Nature” can also refer to everything that exists.

            Artificial: Made by “human beings” rather than by “nature”.
            —————————————————————————–
            Uh oh! You failed to use the word “artificial” correctly!

            Just so you know, “human beings” are also a part of “nature”, and EVERYTHING associated with “human beings” is also a part of “nature”!

            Make sure to use FACTS correctly!
            —————————————————————————–

            By the way,

            Hello, “Nyxus”! :)

          • William of Orange

            i’m sorry?
            But thanks for it, anyway. :)

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            You are welcome. :)

          • William of Orange

            How would you call it then?
            (kind of curios now)

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            “call it”

            Did you mean:

            The “cigarette”?

            Maybe…”Electronic Cigarette”?

          • William of Orange

            No, I meant the tip of the cigar. Is it fabricated with plastic?
            Would you call it: fabricated?

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130
          • William of Orange

            Thanks again!
            Helping people sure feels nice, isn’t it?
            You kind of remind me of someone, but I don’t think that guy is that pathetic. But again, thanks Scotia ehm science something

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            Yep! :)

          • Nyxus

            Hello ScienceEnthusiast.

          • http://thescienceethusiast1130.tumblr.com/ TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            @Nyxus:disqus

            Greetings. By the way, I have a “Disqus” “discussion board”.

            http://thescienceethusiast1130.tumblr.com/

    • NegaScott128

      It seems to be similar to a mechanic used in the 2010 360 game Deadly Premonition. In that game, you could smoke cigarettes to fast-forward time. You only had around 20 cigarettes in one pack, though, so you had to buy more if you wanted to keep skipping time. Since it’s an e-cigar, though, maybe it’s infinite-use.

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        I see. I suppose it’s to help players who like to execute during the night or day so they can do the mission whenever they want instead of waiting all those hours.

  • William of Orange

    I wonder why a dog can’t be considered as a companion. A few years ago (when mgs:rising was still a thing), kojima revealed the fox engine. Kojima showed some footage of a African boy in a jungle (could be the ‘julius’ character), with a dog following him. Sure, a dog can’t use a fire arm or put night vision goggles on their heads. But i’m pretty sure that we shouldn’t judge too fast. (I’m talking about the video, not the article)

    • Golgari

      I’m sure there will be dog in the game because it was teased too much. the dog was teased back in the day when KojiPro looked for developers.

      http://www.mgstation.net/mgscute/data/upimages/character_large.jpg

      • William of Orange

        You’re probably right, I wonder what kind of tricks this dog has up it sleeves. Since you were talking about the last of us, maybe the dog helps you out if you are in trouble or scouts the area for for possible enemies and attack them.

        • Nekkedsnake

          i think this companion which was deemed “cute” would probably be that Rhodesian Ridge Back African dog as Golgari showed. As Nyxus mentioned its ability to carry the same items as Snake, perhaps this assumed doggy companion can help Snake carry more items. As with PW/PO, Snake isn’t able to carry a whole closet full of items/weapons anymore as in previous titles. He’s gotta be more methodical in his load out. And having a little help from man’s best friend would be ideal. I also think this “companion” could have the same role as the MK Mark 2/3 did in MGS4; not really be lethal, but help distract or incapacitate nearby enemies.

          http://www.ocmodshop.com/images/cheats/metal_gear_solid_4/metal_gear_solid_4_06.jpg

          • William of Orange

            Sounds plausible, but it shouldn’t become a cod dog. That cod dog is kind of like the mk2/mk3 in mgs 4, since gameplay footage showed that you were able to control the dog.

          • Nekkedsnake

            I haven’t played any COD games since Black Ops 1 but this sounds interesting. i suppose IF this assumed MGSV doggy was COD esque that’d be Kojima’s take on it with MGS elements. after all, every MGS game, save for MGS2, MGS4 and PW, has had a doggy running around for the enemy soldiers (MG, MG2, MGS1, MGS3, PO). it’d only make sense to finally get to have a dog tag along on missions. perhaps it’ll also bring some sort of comic relief during missions like pooping and one of the Side Ops would consist of Snake cleaning after his “companion” hahaha :D

  • William of Orange

    I also wonder what kind of role those child soldiers play. I will seriously respect kojima for having the balls if some child soldiers will be hostile towards snake and will shoot on him. It’s disturbing, since you’re capable to kill someone that doesn’t fully understand the world around him. But if kojima wants to tell a dark story and showing snake becoming a demon, then this needs to happen. You will probably recruit child soldiers and train them to attack cypher related troops. But what if cypher uses the same strategy?

    • Nyxus

      I’m not sure how far they will go with it, but the fact that the game directly involves child soldiers seems in line with the dark and serious tone. Wether Snake recruits child soldiers to use them on the battlefield, or fights against them, in all cases it seems pretty controversial.

      • William of Orange

        Of course, and kojima himself stated that he couldn’t express mgs v as he might intended it to be. Its controversial, somee countries might ban it. But other sorts of media like books or films can get away with it.
        And if mgs v can get away with it (thus taking video game stories to the next level), so could other franchises or ip’s tell a story that doesn’t hold itself back. One game who exactly tried to tell a story with some controversial scenes and subject, was spec ops: the line (this game borrows a lot from mgs,btw). You start the game as a generic spec op, but the more progress you make, the more unsettling and disturbing it becomes. Killing civillans, your execution moves become more brutal as the story progresses, you turn against your squadmates, Hallucinations.(just to name a few things, don’t want to spoil too much).
        After I played this game, I wished that kojima would do the same thing with mgs v.

        • Nyxus

          Yeah, I certainly hope Kojima will try to realize his vision in stead of playing safe, but judging by the trailer I’m not too worried. And Spec Ops was a good game indeed, I played it.

          • William of Orange

            Me neither, but I won’t be disappointed if kojima couldn’t realise it. Our society is very protective. Violent video games are always used as a ‘excuse’ when a serial killer or a mass murderer starts a firefight. But we live in a age that almost every household owns a pc or a game console. So games like gta or cod:mw2 will always call out for an entire uproar by the media. Why am I telling you this, you might ask? Because I think what the media does is still a GOOD thing. They warn parents that some games contain controversial scenes that aren’t appropriate for kids or teens. It keeps parents on their toes. Sure, gun control should be a thing in the States. But I’m still sort of glad that the media is the first line of defense.
            (some tv channels are showing violent videogame commercials. sort of ironic, isnt it ?)

          • Nyxus

            I don’t know. I guess you have a point but the age ratings are so exaggerated as far as I can tell. Every game that even involves a gun seems to get the 18+ label. Who can take that seriously? Movies don’t get the same treatment.

          • William of Orange

            Yep. when I was 13, I had a hour long discussion with my parents about mgs 3:subsistence. It’s rated 18+, because it involves guns, swearing (yeah, mgs, the only one that sort of sweared, was Ocelot), partial nudity, scary (seriously?) and violence. But YOU can play this game completely non lethal (i always try to play mgs without too much lethal enforcement)
            It’s up to you. movies don’t get the same treatment because it is up to the director. Choices are already made, and videogames are giving you much more freedom.

          • William of Orange

            I have too apoligize for my comments. It must be painful to read them. Seeing all those grammar and punctuation errors (especially the last one), feels embarrassing. Doing homework and trying to type comments in proper english, isn’t my strongest suit.

          • Nyxus

            Oh, that’s okay. English isn’t my first language either, so I’m sure I make mistakes too.

          • William of Orange

            I know, but all of your articles are really well written.
            I’m no ass-kisser, but I’m kind of jealous.( In a good way, btw)

          • Nyxus

            Thanks, I try, sometimes it can be hard for me to formulate things well in English though.

          • William of Orange

            Don’t mention it, I sometimes try to translate/formulate a dutch proverb or saying in english. It’s pretty stupid, since some of those sayings don’t even exist in England and/or in the USA.

            ‘De kat uit de boom kijken’/ ‘staying on your toes’

          • Nyxus

            Yeah, I know what you mean. It can be difficult to translate something so that it keeps the same meaning.

  • PrinceHeir

    awesome stuff :D

    i wonder if they’ll show some gameplay this X-mas? :D

    • Nyxus

      Maybe at the VGAs.

      • Golgari

        VGA’s. I’m not sure. VGA is good for announcement trailers and last trailer was announcement of a new game from KojiPro but it was damn good. I remember there was a lot of speculation about new game… Or new Metal Gear. It was cool.

        • Nyxus

          You have a point, but there’s still a possibility. Maybe they could announce how the game(s) will be distributed, finally, although that’s not the same as a new game announcement of course.

  • Nekkedsnake

    yep that part i know. just wonder how it’d feel during gameplay.

    • William of Orange

      Could be adorable: throwing balls, back at motherbase; petting, teaching the dog some tricks. But if you mean like actual gameplay mechanics or even the capability to switch between snake and the dog? I don’t know.

      • Nekkedsnake

        Now that you mention Mother Base, that would be great! Maybe there’d be some form of fetching or training for the Dog to gain XP and be a more efficient companion/partner for Snake. Co-op shooters like Raibow6 have you send a teammate to check out an area and scout ahead. Why not a dog? Now THAT would be smart of Kojima to do.

        Thinking more about it, maybe MGD (Metal Gear Dog) could be trained to find items, sniff out C4 or other explosives around the compound/battlefield. Perhaps MGD can also find POW’s or even Nukes! The possibilities are endless!!

        • William of Orange

          And compete in dog contests! But your theory sounds cool.

          • Nekkedsnake

            i suppose i got ahead of myself with some stuff haha. but i agree, perhaps like GTAV it could be implemented. Kojima has a lot of time to make all these changes/additions happen. all i need at this point is something that we all likely won’t see for a while yet: a release date!

          • William of Orange

            Haha, true. But what about MGO? I haven’t heard anything about it for a while now. It’s still in development,right?

          • Nyxus

            Yes, it’s in development at Kojima Productions LA. There was some small news not too long ago.

          • William of Orange

            You mean kojima visiting LA productions for the second time, I believe? Eh, I hope for the best. It didn’t look like they were really busy. But the branch is brand new, so what else could you possibly expect?

          • Nyxus

            We didn’t really see anything, for all we know they are hard at work every day. Kojima said it looked promising, so that’s something.

          • Nekkedsnake

            i also read about MGO a few weeks ago. the LA studio was built specifically to produce MGO. they probably also get handed other smaller projects that have to do with MGSV altogether. while i did enjoy the last iteration of MGO from MGS4 i mainly stuck to the single player side. what i wanna try actually is the MGO from MGS3. I also read that a group of MGS fans redid the MGO landscape and either it’s already up to play or it’s close to completion.

            http://www.metalgearsolid.net/pages/index.html/_/news/fans-revive-metal-gear-online-1

          • William of Orange

            I played mgo when it was anounced that konami wanted to pull the plug out of the servers. But it wasn’t addicting enough for me to keep playing. But it’s still nice to know that some dedicated fans trying to get MGO up and running.

            Wait, LA Productions isn’t going to work on ZOE 3 after is MGS V is finished,right?

          • Nekkedsnake

            not too sure about anything ZOE3 related when it comes to the KJP LA studio.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, you might be right.