The Phantom Pain is exactly what we all thought it was. Hideo Kojima confirmed at GDC 2013 that it is the subtitle for Metal Gear Solid V, which will run on the Fox Engine and appear on both PS3s and Xbox 360s. Most importantly, it will feature two major changes for the series. Both are unexpected, with one being good and the other unfortunate.
The potentially awesome part of Metal Gear Solid V involves a very drastic change to gameplay. This is going to be an open-world game, set after Metal Gear Solid IV. Snake wakes from a coma to a hospital under attack, but manages to escape. Once he’s ot of danger, players will be able to go around an open world as Snake.
The Metal Gear Solid V story is still shrouded in secrecy, but there is a new trailer to see.
The downside is, David Hayter is apparently not a part of the cast. Hayter has provided voices for Solid Snake, Naked Snake, Old Snake and Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid (PS1) in 1998 until Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) in 2010. He revealed on Twitter that he “had a good run” and wasn’t asked to come back for Metal Gear Solid V.
By the way, I expect you all to be very proud of me. I was tempted to insert some, “Hayters gonna hate” joke in here, but didn’t. Except now I kind of did.
Kojima hasn’t said when Metal Gear Solid V will be released. The trailer and official website don’t offer a release window, so we’ll have to wait until E3 2013 for more information.