[E3 2013] Konami announced the next chapter in the Metal Gear Solid series earlier this year by unveiling a trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Since then, details regarding the game have been sprinkled around, but during Konami’s pre-E3 show, the company announced some pretty big details regarding the title.


One of the biggest bits of news regarding Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is Kiefer Sutherland has been chosen to lend his voice and acting ability to Snake. MGS5 takes place in 1984, where Snake is 49 years old, so series creator Hideo Kojima wanted to fill the role with an actor who can convey both the facial and vocal qualities of someone in their late 40s. 

Kojima-san also gave us some information regarding the game itself, saying, “This time with Metal Gear Solid 5, the themes are a little bit different from previous games in the series. We’re taking on some very heavy subjects, such as race and revenge. This makes the tone much darker. As a result, I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words.”

Not only is the theme of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain different from previous titles, but the game will also use an open-world game design which will offer a different experience compared to other stealth-action games, but will result in a “tension-packed experience.”

To check out Konami’s pre-E3 show for yourself, which we embedded below. For the Metal Gear Solid 5 portion, jump to around the 10:30 mark. But whatever you do, DO NOT dare to go to the 26:06 mark on the video. Trust us.

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