WATCH - New Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes / The Phantom Pain gameplay trailers
The game will feature the talents of Kiefer Sutherland, whose voice and face are being captured
Unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show yesterday, the extended gameplay trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – or more accurately, the trailer for the game's prologue, Ground Zeroes – has hit the web. You can watch all 12 minutes of it below (courtesy of IGN), as well as the gameplay video for The Phantom Pain proper. You can also watch the red-band version of the E3 trailer, which showcased some of the game's broader features as well as highlighting some pretty graphic content.
Previously teased as two different games, The Phantom Pain seems to follow the split structure first established in Metal Gear Solid II (an action-packed prologue, followed by a slightly more nuanced full game). Taking place in 1975, shortly after the events of MGS Peace Walker, we join Big Boss (aka Naked Snake) in Ground Zeroes as he infiltrates an enemy camp under cover of darkness, apparently to rescue a hostage (our Japanese being a bit rusty, we're having to extrapolate from what we've been shown on-screen). The trailer for the main body of The Phantom Pain reunites with Big Boss/Snake in hospital circa 1984, where he's helped from his bed by a fellow patient, and aided in an attempt to escape the ward. Knowing what we do about the series' fondness for character reveals and double-crosses, we're willing to bet that the heavily-bandaged man will turn out to be a character of some significance.
MGS: The Phantom Pain is being developed for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game will be the first in the series to use facial motion capture technology; it's also the first instalment not to feature voice actor David Hayter in the role of Snake, instead recruiting Kiefer Sutherland for the role. The release date is as yet unconfirmed, with summer 2014 looking like the earliest bet.