Konami has finally turned up at E3 2015 with its trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and just… just watch this. It’s just a sight to behold.
Not that I expected anything less from Hideo Kojima’s team, but months of anxiety surrounding the fate of the franchise just lifted from my chest for a few brief moments as I appreciated everything that it has taught me over the last two decades.
The theme of this trailer runs perfectly along with those that pop up in Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4. Controlling communication is the key to running the world, and the same holds true in the early 1970s as it does in the future world of Metal Gear Solid 4’s 2014. Language can unite an army just as easily as it can destroy one. It’s what separates us from the uncivilized beasts of the wilderness.
It’s what Big Boss must employ if he is to save the world from a faceless maniac who wishes to rid this planet of infestations.
However, I only suggest listening to its message if you are a little squeamish. Things get rather bloody, as Kojima hinted he would do so, and we witness some lovely on-screen executions, surgeries, and amputations. Big Boss’s face too has seen better days, and I wonder if we can take this trailer’s message literally and cut the tongues from our enemies.
And zombies. Don’t forget glowing eyed, flying zombies in a Metal Gear Solid game. I mean, why not? Right? We go from deep, philosophical meanderings on the nature to language to zombies, proving that Metal Gear Solid needs no consistent tone to be taken seriously.
I must play this game. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Sept. 1.