Metal Gear Gets A New Snake…Err, Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 5
We’ve known for awhile now that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain would be getting a new voice actor to replace series regular David Hayter. Up until today that’s been a bit of a mystery. This morning, Hideo Kojima revealed, via Konami’s Pre-E3 video stream, that none other than Kiefer Sutherland will step into the role of the midde-aged original Snake, or as most fans know him, Big Boss. More below, plus a few screengrabs!
Along with the announcement, several clips were shown of the game and its new animation/rendering system. These were developed to get closer than ever to a photo-realistic depiction of the actors and the game world. Kojima explained that part of his motivation for this was to get to a point where certain things could be depicted in the characters’ faces, rather than through explicit dialog.
Coming to Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 With Incredible Detail
We already know that Metal Gear Solid 5 will be coming to both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This should be a welcome relief to those who missed the previous game, which was exclusive to PS3. But what’s really amazing is the level of graphical fidelity that’s been accomplished on these two systems which, let’s be honest, are pretty damned old by now. There are detailed character faces, which clearly show complex and subtle expression of emotions. The world itself is also remarkable in the way it represents an organic space. A scene with Snake crawling across a muddy, rainy landscape demonstrated what Kojima’s team have accomplished with the new Metal Gear. It reveals a world that appears to be open, alive and very much affected by the natural systems we’d expect in the real world.
In an interview (see below for the full video), Sutherland and Kojima talk about the exciting new possibilities coming with the new Metal Gear adventure. It follows a 49 year old Snake/Big Boss as he decides what kind of world he’ll pursue. Should make for an exciting game. I’m a little disappointed that we’ll be losing David Hayter. I do think Sutherland was a good choice and will deliver an exemplary performance.