Kojima on MGSV storytelling and acting: Snake is not the same person anymore

Hideo Kojima talks about Kiefer Sutherland, characters and cutscenes, and how MGSV will use new ways to tell a story.

Several characters, including Snake, go through big changes in the game. This is the reason for the subtitle ‘Ground Zeroes’; it’s a turning point for multiple characters that appear in the game.

In this game, Snake is a different character than he was before, his personality has changed. He won’t be talking as much as he did before. He is a darker character who doesn’t share his feelings. A lot will be conveyed through facial expressions or grunts, instead of Snake having to explicitly communicate it through words.

This is the reason they went with Kiefer Sutherland, who is able to give them this subtle performance, and so far they are very pleased with the results. Kiefer has been successful in conveying what they want Snake to convey through his expressions.

Metal-Gear-Solid-V-The-Phantom-Pain-Screen-12

Kojima always says 70% of his body is made of movies. (Old) movies are an inspiration to Kojima, he often studies lighting and camera work that is used in them. But in this game, the storytelling is mainly focused on player freedom instead of cutscenes, like Kojima has done before.

To watch the entire interview, follow the link in the source.

Source: GamerhubTV

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Jason Mounce

    It isn’t April Fools Day today :C Stahp!

  • PrinceHeir

    “Kojima always says 70% of his body is made of movies. (Old) movies are an inspiration to Kojima, he often studies lighting and camera work that is used in them.”

    huh?? didn’t he just said last year in the 25th anniversary event that Snake is indeed made out of 70% Akio Otsuka??

    https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/166442118649356288

    i’m guessing this is for the new “Snake” which he aims for referencing othe movies like “The Great Escape”?

    Kojima can really be confuse at times!!

    • Jonny2x4

      Kojima was referring to himself, not Snake the character.

      • PrinceHeir

        oh i see ^^

        so Snake is still 70% Akio-san huh :D

        then again he did mention in Peace Walker as a recruit, Kojima is indeed made out of movies ^^

        • Nyxus

          Yeah, it’s also on his English Twitter, in the description.

  • Omar

    nothing new…

  • Cyberlum

    “A lot will be conveyed through facial expressions or grunts, instead of Snake having to explicitly communicate it through words.” – You mean exactly like in previous games?? At least in mgs3 and 4 where it was already noticeable. Hayter nailed those grunts, would be hard for Kiefer to perform on the same level IMO.

    • Nyxus

      No, not exactly like previous games, since this is the first time they’re using the facial capture tech that they use for MGSV. And I think it shows, if you look at the shot of Big Boss looking down at the destroyed MSF from the chopper, you can really read his face.

  • Zenbithal

    Nope Sorry Kojima, don’t care if its not David Hayter

    • Nyxus

      Your loss…

      • Iceman

        He’s lying anyway. He’s getting the game no matter if it’s Hayter or not, just for the simple fact that it’s been known since March, and he’s still keeping tabs on MGSV related news. I hate trolls.

        • Nyxus

          Well, people are free to decide whether they want to get the game or not. I just think it’s a silly reason to write off an entire game.

          • Janeo

            I don’t know why people are still so upset over this I mean I think I would still rather have hayter but it’s not like Kojima has steered us wrong before it will be amazing game with amazing voice acting, will be weird hearing keifer at first but I will get used to it I already sort of am.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, and if some people still hate kojima after they bought the game, then look at the bright sight! It’s still an amazing game with the only downside that kiefer voices Snake

          • Zenbithal

            I have no idea if the game will be great or not. I’m just supporting David on principal.

            Buts thats just me.

          • William of Orange

            It was more of an general statement than a reply that referred to you, but I know what you mean. I think that hayter is the best voice actor in the whole world, and that it’s a pitty that kiefer voices snake.But are you willing to see this one out, just because of this? Trust me, Hayter makes an appearance. But voice actors getting treated like crap? Look at troy baker,nolan north,jennifer hale,Paul Elding (voices roy Campbell), just to name a few. These people are getting treated as rockstars! And especially hayter, who is mostly known for one game serie: MGS!

          • Janeo

            That’s one other thing I loved about snakes voice acting you didnt hear it anywhere else. Guys like Nolan north and Troy baker are extremely talanted but you hear those voices in so many places so you can’t just see Nolan north as drake or Troy baker as Joel or something, it’s understandable I mean they can’t just voice one character because they need to make a living but this was David hayters side job so you wouldn’t really hear his voice in another game so we could see him as one or actually two characters and that was just amazing.

          • William of Orange

            On a side note (and please don’t feel offended), isn’t the Australian rating board really trigger happy when it comes down to mature rated videogames? I mean like banning certain videogames because of ultra violence or games containing controversial themes or scenes?

          • Janeo

            Well we got an R rating this year so not as much games get banned saints row 4 got banned because drugs and some probe weapon or something but that’s no big deal. The only big game I can think of that got banned before the R rating was mortal kombat so it’s never been to bad. Why are you asking.

          • William of Orange

            I remembered a few titles been banned in Australia because of ultra violence (MK, as you mentioned) and controversial themes and scenes in games. And mgs v contains child soldiers and facism amongst certain ethnic groups. so I was wondering if you aussie’s could enjoy mgs v too. It’s not like Australia is the only country that bans video games (not too) frequently. Japan (gta v was completely altered for the japanese market) and Germany are also known for doing these things.

          • Janeo

            Yeah well I’m sure we will be safe here mgs has some dark themes but it’s never about drugs or sex and you can go through the game without killing a single person if you choosepluses the game isn’t as violentplush lot of other games plus we have the R18 rating now so we should be fine.

          • William of Orange

            Intresting.:)

          • Janeo

            Wait I forgot that ground zeroes is already up on the eb games website so it has been accepted here already

          • William of Orange

            Oh okay, but I wasn’t reffering to gz. I was reffering to tpp, actually. GZ seems to be dark too, but not nearly as dark as TPP.

          • Janeo

            I have thought about that but surly they wouldn’t release the first part then not the second, if it does come to that I will have to get the game from America that should work on my ps4 anyway right. I’m sure we will get it anyway

          • William of Orange

            The PS4 is region free, so you could do that if TTP might be banned. But I’m sure that you can play TTP because of the new rating you mentioned in one of your comments.

          • William of Orange

            The ps4 seems to be region free, but im pretty sure that your rating system will ban TPP. You mentioned the R 18, so it’l be fine.

          • William of Orange

            I mean: will not ban TPP

          • Zenbithal

            Its more the principal. If people don’t care then voice actors will be treated like crap and be considered interchangeable. I have more respect for them than that, and particularly David on personal level.

          • Janeo

            People do care every fan cares I was so upset about this for a while but kojimas doing what he thinks is best for this series I love hayters work on metal gear and it’s obvious he was very passionate about the role but we all just have to move on and enjoy keifers voice work

          • Zenbithal

            The thing is I just have no interest in that game.

          • Janeo

            You have no interest in mgs5

          • Zenbithal

            Fair point, but I think he was removed for a silly reason. If no one cares then voice actors will be treated as interchanged crap.

            To be honest I’m not really for that.

        • Zenbithal

          1. No,
          2. I stopped keeping track, this was a link on N4G
          3. David Hayter is too cool of guy to shafted like this.
          4. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy the game.

      • Zenbithal

        Still not buying unless David is involved. He’s too nice of a guy to get shafted like this.

        Sorry that you guys don’t care about him.

        • Nyxus

          I never said I don’t care about him.

          • William of Orange

            Just don’t, Nyxus. Just….. Don’t.

          • Nyxus

            You’re right, just wanted to make this clear. I like Hayter’s performance in the previous MGS games a lot.

          • William of Orange

            You know what baffled me when it was announced that kiefer reprises snake in mgs 5? That there were people saying that they were glad that kojima replaced Hayter. It felt like the “Zwarte Pieten” dilemma. It just came out of nowhere.

          • William of Orange

            When I posted my comment, I scrolled down and saw that comment and I was like: screw it, this guy is acting like we don’t care.

          • Zenbithal

            Wheather or not you guys care, I have no idea.

            But to me, not supporting the game is my way of showing support for David. To me this is more a matter of principal than any hatred.

            I’m not even trying to say that other people should do the same. It’s just a personal way of sending a message, even if its a very small one.

          • William of Orange

            And I respect that and in some way I think it is a good way to show your passion to david’s work. But you could’ve left the part out about us not caring about Hayter, don’t you think?
            Damnit, telling nyxus to lay off and I am stupid enough to respond back.

          • Zenbithal

            Maybe that was miss-worded, sorry for the miscommunication.

          • William of Orange

            Apology accepted, and ease up a little,will you? Nobody (except for iceman) is trying to make you look bad. :)

          • Zenbithal

            That’s fine, just meeting David on a personal level, I have a lot of respect for the man.

            To me its like if I don’t support him, then that sets the stage for voice actors to be used interchangeably.

            In my opinion, he was an integral part of the experience. By not buying the game its my way of showing him support.

            Now I’m not trying to say you guys should do the same, or even that I particularly want you to, just to me this is more a matter or principal than whether or not I will get to play this game.

          • Nyxus

            Fair enough. I agree that Hayter has done a lot for the series, but it existed before him. But you should do what you feel is right, of course.

          • Zenbithal

            True, but imagine, that you had worked your entire life on smaller projects and then at last you get one big break that you will be remember for long after you are gone and will be seen by more people than anything else you do. You work for years on the project and the title becomes synonymous with your name. You feel you are just as much a part of as anyone else who has been there since the beginning if not more so.

            Then, one day, you learn that you have been replaced. You did not retire, you not chose this, and your bosses won’t even pick up the phone to tell you why this happened. You would have loved to continue your work but aren’t even given the opportunity to make a case as why should.

            What would you do?

          • Nyxus

            I agree that the way they left him out is disrespectful. But like David Hayter himself said, in the end it’s Kojima’s decision. But trust me, it was kind of a shock for me as well, and Snake’s new voice I will have to get used to. Also, I will always be thankful to David Hayter for what he did for the character.

          • William of Orange

            I have to disagree about david doing smaller projects. If you’re reffering to his screen play writing and movies he works /worked on, that’s his actual job.
            He stated himself that this was the coolest side job a person could ever have. And I personally think that watchmen is the greatest superhero movie of all time and I’m looking forward to ‘Wolves’.

          • Zenbithal

            Like I’m looking at it from the perceptive of David.

  • William of Orange

    Good luck, miss Joosten!
    It must be tough for her to do all those cutscenes without speaking and making the right gestures and capture the perfect facial expression for any type of situation. And if she does have script, I hope that she has a dutch accent. If so, quiet will become the second Dutch(wo)man in the entire mg lore.
    (weasel from mg ghost babel was also dutch, but the game is non-canon)

  • Alex

    So if Kiefer Sutherland is to play this new, darker Big Boss, then why not allow David Hayter to remain on as the heroic Solid Snake? The contrast between their voices could be a great way to underscore how vastly different they are.

    This still doesn’t explain why the character’s Japanese voice must remain the same, though.

    • Nyxus

      They did explain that. This is the first MGS game where the English voice cast is the original version, and the Japanese one is the dub: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=8231

      • Cyberlum

        But Pixelated Snake won’t use facial animation and while many people already got used to Kiefer as Big Boss, using his voice for classic Solid Snake is blasphemy.

        • William of Orange

          Agreed!