The five most burning questions about Metal Gear Solid V

It’s almost there. On June 6, 10 AM PDT, Konami’s pre-E3 show will show new footage and provide new information on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Here are five of the most burning questions surrounding Kojima’s highly anticipated new game.


Will it be released as one game, or two?


This is one big confusion that needs to be cleared up. It has been announced that The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes are both part of Metal Gear Solid V. Ground Zeroes takes place right after Peace Walker, in 1974, and The Phantom Pain 9 years later. But will it be released as one game that includes both parts, similar to the two chapters in Metal Gear Solid 2? Or is Kojima planning to launch Ground Zeroes first and The Phantom Pain later? Hopefully this will be clear after E3.


Who, or what are the ‘two phantoms’?


‘From “FOX”, two phantoms were born’. This was the first tagline for the game, coupled with a mirrored artwork of Snake. Later the phrase made a return in the first trailer, when Snake ascends the cliff leading to Camp Omega. Mirrored images seem to play some role in the game: the FOX – XOF thing is another example. There are many theories about what this phrase means: it could refer to two projects ‘born’ from the Fox Engine: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes. Or it could refer to Zero and Big Boss, who were both part of the FOX organization, and chose very different paths. Or, if you prefer a theory that’s a bit more crazy: maybe they both refer to Big Boss, and his hallucinations. Or… something totally different.


Who, or what, is V?


V has come to’. The latest trailer for the game, shown at the Game Developers Conference back in March, ended with this mysterious line. Ever since people have been debating over who ‘V’ could possibly be. Volgin? Some people argued the burning man seen in the trailer looks a lot like him. But it’s still just a theory. Kojima said in an interview the V in the title of the game stands for ‘victory’, but judging by the line in the trailer it will refer to something else (a person probably) as well. Maybe the new trailer at E3 will reveal more about the meaning of this puzzling phrase.


Will it come to the next generation consoles?


So far, the game has been confirmed for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However, a lot of people are hoping for a next generation release as well. Kojima has been asked to comment on this a few months ago, and at that time he replied it was ‘a secret he couldn’t talk about’. Take that how you want it. Fact is, the Fox Engine has been known to be easily scalable to next gen, and with the game releasing so close to, or maybe even after the release of the next generation consoles, it would not be a strange decision on Konami’s part. Several games releasing around that time have been confirmed for the consoles of this generation as well as the next (such as Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag). Hopefully a next gen version of MGSV is announced this E3.


Who will voice Snake?


Definitely the biggest controversy surrounding the game right now, is the news that Kojima replaced veteran Snake voice actor David Hayter in favor of a new voice, one that is supposed to be revealed at E3. Some people claim it will be Keifer Sutherland, based on the one line you can hear Snake speak in the gameplay demonstration. Others are convinced this is one of Kojima’s deceptions again, despite both Kojima and Hayter confirming in interviews Hayter is not involved with the game. But a recent tweet by Hayter has people still hoping for his return. Only one way to find out once and for all what’s going on: wait for E3.

Just a few more days.

  • Golgari

    Love you Nyxus. 😀

    • Nyxus

      Yeah, that’s one theory I have heard. V does have a significance, that much is clear. It’s both in the title and in that phrase.

      • solidmatt

        “V has come to” can only mean V (whoever that is) has regained consciousness. That is the only grammatically correct usage of “come to” in that line. It doesn’t signify “also.” That would be spelled “too.” You can’t place a verb after the to (as if it were an incomplete infinitive) like Golgari does because the line is a quote (indicated with quotation marks) with a period at the end, which indicates it is a complete sentence.

  • Salad Snake

    The two phantoms might be Solid and Liquid.

    The only thing I want right now is a PS4 version of the game.

  • Batzi

    David Hayter will return. Why would someone who was supposedly kicked out of the project(MGSV) be excited for E3? That same person wrote his statement explaining the situation with the whole voice casting controversy on April the 1st. Again, April 1st AKA April Fools day. Please, don’t let Kojima fool you again. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    • Nyxus

      Another thing is that Konami is really hyping the voice, ‘find out who will voice Snake’ on both their Twitter and Facebook, paired with that Hayter tweet… they must know people will only be disappointed if it isn’t Hayter after all. But I won’t get my hopes up too much.

  • iSolidus

    My anticipation for this game is through the roof! My hopes for the announcements are: release date in 2013, Hayter returns as Snake’s voice, Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain are 1 (long) game and lastly I hope we get to see a great collector’s edition 🙂

    • Nyxus

      Couldn’t agree more with all your points. 😉

  • Cobra Commander

    I took took the “V has come too” line as “5 is here”. If you remember it was first heard at the end of the Spike VGA 12’s trailer when nobody knew exactly what we were seeing.
    I thought the Rumor surrounding Kiefer Sutherland was about Ishmail (who is possibly Gray Fox).
    As for the whole voice incident, why would they say wait to see the voice of Snake? Big Boss finally accepted his Boss title at the end of PW. Is it possible that both Solid and Big Boss will be in V with different voice actors? Telling everyone Hayater will not be doing BB, but saying nothing about his Reprising role as SS Or vice versa?
    I just realised I haven’t payed too close attention to the wording, Snake could be referring to two different people.
    I just hope we get answers instead of more questions, especially a release date.

    • EyeHaveYou

      Woah… I never thought Ishmael could be Gray Fox… damn
      you sir, have blown my mind

  • PrinceHeir

    i think it will definitely be one BIG game instead of two. it’s absurd to think he’s gonna develop two games simultaneously, not to mention if his gonna release it is it gonna be 6 months-1 year or more?

    two phantoms are definitely Solid and Liquid Snake, i think they’ll retcon MGS1 on how Liquid never met Big Boss. they could even show how Solid Snake and Liquid Snake did trained in the same camp.

    since i notice in MGS1 conversation(a few days ago) on how Roy talked when Liquid infiltrated the place(forgot the name) Snake was there as a green beret.

    V could be victory, as the woman said in the trailer “V has come to” and since Paz seems to be confirmed here, i expect her V sign to return or she might switch it to downwards V.

    already a given to be next gen consoles, i think kojima and his team were just waiting until both consoles are announced. he even tried to space out when talking about the PS4.

    as for voice of Snake, Akio Otsuka is already voicing him in(Ground Zero at least) so im satisfied. as for David Hayter, ehh they’re pretty much gonna use him again.

    they’re just hyping him up once more for MGSV

  • vaugn

    Burned Man = Volgin = XOF, Ishmael = figment of snake’s imagination. Anything else?

  • Nekkedsnake

    1. Will it be released as one game, or two?

    -kinda feel like it’ll be one big game in disc. Would be crappy if GZ is a digital download. I like to physically own my games. Lets hope for disc based releases.

    2. Who, or what are the ‘two phantoms’?

    -these two phantoms being on “FOX” could be either BB and Zero, GZ and TPP, or more excitingly, Solid Snake and Liquid. I feel it could be the 3rd option.

    3. Who, or what, is V?

    -my guess is that BB wakes up in the hospital 9 years later and is theoretically the 5th patient in that wing of the hospital to regain consciousness, hence the phrase “V has come to.” Or as someone else said, V could be short for Vic Boss. The female accent who says the phrase sounds kinda Russian so maybe it’s a youngish Sniper Wolf too, but that’s a slight long shot.

    4. Will it come to the next generation consoles?

    -with the xb1 reveal and PS4 eminent it’s only likely that MGSV will be released on next gen as well following the announcement of a current gen (PS3, 360) release. Current gen systems are more than still viable for gaming and devs are still creating games for current users. Though I’m sure KJP wants to use MGSV as a big incentive to push consumers to adopt next gen.

    5. Who will voice Snake?

    -this question has been burning my mind ever since Koj said he was replacing Hayter. I’m definitely all for Hayter reprising his VO as SS/BB but also seems that, based on that last gameplay trailer we could have Jack Bauer hunting for Metal Gears. As much as I love Hayter I definitely wouldn’t mind this one bit. Though I still have a feeling Koj might still be trolling. If the VA will really be new then he’s got some HUGE shoes to fill!

    • Dhruv Rajyagor

      David Hayter as Big Boss in Ground Zeroes, and Kiefer Sutherland (Maybe) as Big Boss in MGSV.

      Think about it. GZ takes place literally RIGHT after PW, so his voice should not change at all. But MGSV takes place 9 years after, so he should have a significant change in voice.

      Plus, Solid Snake is featured in the game:

      Add on that Solid Snake is affected by accelerated aging due to the cloning process, so he could have aged into his 20s, where David Hayter could voice him.

      Technically, Hayter could be voicing Big Boss in GZ and Solid Snake in MGSV, while a new voice actor/actor voices Big Boss in MGSV.

      • Nekkedsnake

        Totally forgot about that GTTV article from last year! I think Hayter AND Koj have been trolling us all along! If Hayter won’t be BB he def could be SS!

        Yes since GZ is practically two seconds after PW i foresee Hayter voicing BB. Then after the 9 year coma BB could be played by Bauer/Sutherland. This would be pretty epic.

        In the SS accelerated aging I have slight reservations about this idea because he’s only gone thru it by the time MGS4 came along. Solidus went thru it in MGS2 so I’m guessing it affects all three Snakes at different times. Had liquid not died in MGS1 we might have seen him also in future MGS titles as an old looking man. Tho since Liquid did have the superior Gene maybe fast aging wouldn’t have effected him. We’ll never no.

        MGSV could have a flash forward we see SS of age with Hayter voicing him. I find it funny though that ppl say Hayter is getting too old to play a younger SS cuz we could just use voice manipulating software to make his voice sound younger. No need for some new “rookie” VA to do any SS/BB voice work.

        • solidmatt

          Great article find Dhruv! Nakkedsnake–there actually are a couple references to Solid Snake’s advanced aging in MGS2. The first comes at the end of the tanker mission. Just as Liquid Ocelot is about to jump into Ray, he shouts to Snake, “The price
          of physical prodigy… Few more years and you’ll be another dead clone
          of the old man. Our raw materials are vintage, brother. Big Boss was in
          his late fifties when they created his copies.”

          Later, in the Big Shell, when Raiden first meets Snake, snake gets dizzy and has to rest. The sound effect used in that scene is the same one used in MGS4 when Snake starts to get disoriented and needs to inject himself with the nanomachine-suppressor serum. I took this as another instance of foreshadowing Snake’s physical deterioration.

          • Nekkedsnake

            Very interesting solidmatt! I’ll def have to replay mgs2 or find some cutscenes on YouTube to refresh my memory. But good call. Perhaps accelerated aging will bring an otherwise youngish SS back and explain the cloning process from Dr Clark’s POV. By then the story could come close to full circle nearing MG1 (msx).

          • solidmatt

            Do we know anything about Solid Snake’s childhood or is it a blind-spot in the narrative thus far?

          • Nyxus

            Not much I believe. We know he was ‘raised by many people’, and as a teenager he was already fighting in Iraq with the Green Berets.

          • solidmatt

            Is that all revealed in MGS1?

          • Nyxus

            Yes, part in the briefing and part in CODEC conversations.

          • PrinceHeir


            i just heard that line just now before the fight with Raven.

            Snake is also the same tribe as Raven as well as half japanese(his surrogate “mother” is japanese as reveal in MGS4)

            i hope they retcon on how Liquid and Snake never met or how Liquid Never met Big Boss(which was not true according to MGS4)

            in any case im getting too excited on how far will the story go before we get to the remake of the two MSX games 🙂

          • PrinceHeir

            nice catch about Pliskin and Raiden.

            already playing the MGS Saga this summer and half way through MGS1(Raven Boss fight for now)

            didn’t notice that back then since i thought he only felt like that due to surviving the Tanker incident

    • EyeHaveYou

      Wait I thought Kiefer Sutherland was the Ishmael guy???

      • Nyxus

        Some people say both characters are voiced by him. Which in turn supports the ‘figment of Big Boss’s imagination’ theory.

        • Nekkedsnake

          Yep agreed. In that gameplay trailer both BB and Ishmael sound the same, albeit faintly from BB. if there will be a voice change for BB I’d gladly welcome KS for sure! Love that dude especially as Jack Bauer, who by the way is in talks for a 9th season of “24”!

          • Nyxus

            I have never seen 24, so I wouldn’t recognize Kiefer Sutherland’s voice. I haven’t seen many movies with him either, Phone Booth is the only one that comes to mind right now.

          • Nekkedsnake

            Nyxus, I’m an 80s kid n lived on 80s movies and music for a long time. Sutherland was very prevalent back then. One cool movie was The Lost Boys. He played a vampire haha

          • Nyxus

            I think I’ve seen more movies with Donald Sutherland, actually.

          • Nekkedsnake

            I like Donald Sutherland as well. He was awesome in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Would actually be interesting if Kiefer plays SS In the live action MGS movie while Donald plays BB! perfect right there!

  • Alex

    Ever thought about getting into Twitter? Your updates would be great for people following their news feeds off of Twitter.

  • EyeHaveYou

    Great Article! Here are my thoughts on each of the questions:

    1. I really hope that it is one single game with two parts, similar to MGS2.
    I think it will be because (correct me if I’m wrong) Kojima said something about GZ being shorter and smaller compared to TPP.
    I guess E3 will clarify it for us.

    2.I think the two phantoms really stand for the mirrored images that you’ve stated
    and I think you’re theory of it being Big Boss and Zero’s separation is perhaps the most plausible.

    Hell, even Peace Walker HD Version’s platinum trophy is called Vic Boss.
    I guess it’s either that or it’s just somehow saying “the 5th entry of the Metal Gear Solid series has come to…” (numbered series)

    4.About the Next-Gen. I think it’s all about the timing.
    If (and most probably) it is released after the release of the Next-Gen consoles, I see no reason why they wouldn’t do that.

    What I’m curious about is whether it will be on PC…

    5.DAVID HAYTER. that is all… haha

    • Nyxus

      About Vic Boss, I’m still not sure about that. It isn’t really a nickname, but more of a victory cry. “Victory for Boss”, so it doesn’t really refer to a person. That’s how I interpreted it at least. Or maybe they mean ‘victorious boss’, but he still isn’t really called that outside of that one scene. So I find it hard to believe they would use ‘V’ to indicate him just because of that. I could be wrong though, who knows.

  • metalgearish

    Why do i get the feeling that Kiefer Sutherland is going to play Snake ?

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