Following the enigmatic Skull Face as he goads a child hostage, the opening to Kojima Productions’ latest MGS game does a stellar job of establishing the tone of the game. Rife with pathetic fallacy, rain falls hard on an internment camp as Skull Face asks the child ‘what is it like to be a traitor?’ The wider implications of this question aren’t known just yet, but we’re willing to bet that it has something to do with the nuclear threat mentioned later on in the introduction. As Skull Face boards a helicopter in the middle of the trailer, he states ‘the Trojan Horse is in’ – the thematic trope of treachery and betrayal makes a return in MGSV. The HD video can be found below:
Perhaps the most revealing thing about this video is Kiefer Sutherland’s performance as Big Boss – going under the codename ‘Punished Snake’ in this instalment. Notably different from David Hayter’s distinguishable tones, Sutherland pulls off the role with aplomb, and a knowing look directly into the lens as Snake utters ‘kept you waiting, did I?’ is enough to turn even the most stalwart Hayter fan over to the new MGS generation. The trailer shows off just what the Fox Engine can achieve with its motion-capture technology – it all looks very striking, despite the dark colour palette in the trailer. Most notable is the incredible lighting engine: the way floodlights refract and bounce off rain droplets and slick ground surfaces is admirable.
There is no official release date for Metal Gear Solid V just yet, but this introductory movie is looking pretty polished, so we’re assuming that an announcement (at least) can’t be too far off. We expect Metal Gear Solid V to release in 2014, and will be available to play on Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One.