MGS 5: The Phantom Pain's Snake Won't Talk Much, Kojima Says

Plus, Hideo Kojima explains why he thinks the upcoming game may be the last in the "Metal Gear Saga."

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Konami has enlisted actor Kiefer Sutherland to play the role of Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but we may not hear his voice very often in the game. Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima says in a new interview that Snake "won't really speak much at all." Keeping Snake somewhat silent was a design choice Kojima made so that he comes across as an extension of the player.

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"I've said it many times, but I understand why people feel Snake is cool and admire him," Kojima told IGN. "In realty, though, Snake is and always has been nothing more than an extension of the player. He's your alter ego. Therefore, I made a very conscious effort this time to bring Snake closer to the player's perspective. As much as possible, Snake will act based on the player rather than doing things like making spontaneous comments or flirting with women."

"In fact, this time, Snake won't really speak much at all," he added. "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an open-world game focused on giving freedom to the player who will drive Snake's actions. Snake himself will be more of a silent protagonist similar to Mad Max in Mad Max 2. It's the characters around him who will expand the story."

That wasn't the only new detail Kojima revealed about The Phantom Pain. He also says that the game could be the final entry in the long-running "Metal Gear Saga." Of course, he's made claims of this nature before, but here's what he had to say on the subject this time around.

"I always say, 'This will be my last Metal Gear,'" Kojima said. "But the games in the series that I've personally designed and produced--Metal Gear on MSX, MG2, MGS1, 2, 3, 4, Peace Walker, and now MGSV--are what constitute a single 'Metal Gear Saga.' With MGSV, I'm finally closing the loop on that saga."

"In that sense, this will be the final 'Metal Gear Solid,'" Kojima explained. "Even if the 'Metal Gear' franchise continues, this is the last 'Metal Gear.'"

The Phantom Pain launches worldwide September 1 across Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The PC edition, meanwhile, is scheduled to arrive two weeks later on September 15. We also now know all about the game's limited edition, which comes with a model of Snake's bionic arm, among other things.

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If you can't afford to pay the actor you hire to talk, why not stick with the original who actually WANTS the role? Sheesh.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Because that would make too much sense and isn't the Konami way of doing things.

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A part of me might think how this might be a bad thing... but then I remember playing MGS2 as Raiden hanging on to loose support beams after I brought down a Harrier jet with a heatsinking bazuka thing, and then getting a call from my ingame "girlfriend" nagging me about how I am so insensitive... and that's when I think that... you know... maybe not talking in a stealth game is actually a good idea.

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That's my biggest concern about the game at the moment. Coming from MGS3 and MGSPW that I recently played and finished. Knowing now that I won't hear Snake's voice as often, won't enjoy the deep, charming, humorous, and casual talks both in codecs and cutscenes... that's something that I will really miss.

Big Boss develops a lot from MGS3 to MGSPW. But now taking away his voice has nothing to do with making him an extension of the player.. that's probably an excuse...

The way I see it, It has more to do with two main reasons, probably:

a) because focusing a lot on open world gameplay means focusing less on story through dialogues and voice acting.

b) because paying Troy Baker (Ocelot) and Robert Atkin Downes (KAZ) is a lot cheaper and easier to manage - than paying Kiefer to talk that much...


Sure I hope I am mistaken.. but to me taking away David Hayter and replacing with a holywood star has 3 issues: Hayter grew up with the character, Hayter is the perfect and loved voice of Snake, and Hayter would have recorded a lot more = a more talkative Snake.

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Remember peeps, Hayter has hinted at a return, plus the japenese voice actor will stay the same, so maybe its nothing to do with Keifer, their may be a big surprise install for us!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Until that return includes a 'Day 1' patch that puts him back in the game I'm not interested.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> when did he hinted and what did he say?

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you people are idiots ,they are making games shorter and shorter . wake up. games are down to less than 4 hours long and costing much more . every one is jumping on the oil band wagon

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Needs to cut the sh!t...


I am just a fan of the games been hearing this from him forever! He would be a fool to do something like that. the name all alone is just huge!


Needs to play his own mgs4 a few times and just go from there with some solid snake cyborg stuff. then let it all roll into your armored suit series as the future version. Then go buy a casket!

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"This will be the last one"... I feel like I've heard that somewhere before. Quick guys, butter buy this one up, it'll surely be the last!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's akin to an artist doing a Farewell tour and then keep on doing music and then doing another Farewell tour ("Seriously, I mean it this time"). The difference is that we can still get the same experience years after the supposedly last game is made, so saying stuff like that to drive up sales isn't as effective.

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Bring back "talkative Snake", introduce "silent developer"

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Considering Big Boss in Peace Walker was probably the most talkative Snake, and that was Kojima's last game - I don't believe his excuse. It is all about the money... not wanting to pay Kiefer the big $$$ for voice/word time. Also because he might have wanted to make it easy on him and cut on the long monologues and cutscenes that made Metal Gear the awesome saga that it is.. It is laziness, and it is probably because of Kojima's ego, who instead of contacting Hayter and setting him up for the role, chose to make the switch to a holywood star. No one was happy about that, but he kept going on it..

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Just introduce Gas Snake already.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I want Plasma Snake! If Kojima and team want more versions they can check this out, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_states_of_matter.

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The last Metal Gear, you said?

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Keifer Sutherland charged us by the word, and we couldn't afford his wage demands, so we had to have him talk less. Sorry guys.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yea they have idiots and internet trolls budgeting for this game. They're very knowledgeable. A lot like yourself.

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This might be the last in the Metal Gear Saga? Hideo Kojima, you say that every time you can out with a new Metal Gear game. Enough already

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If there's no MGS6 with Kojima at the helm, I'll donate my life savings to charity.


I'm not falling for Kojima's old tricks again. It won't be his last MGS.

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I still prefer the more "talkative" Snake voiced by David Hayter.

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So we have "Quiet" & Silent Snake as a duo...ok, cool. I'm curious what sort of themes this game will incorporate.

I do hope there is some final closure for Snake here, we've seen every era of his life, met with awesome bosses and impossible odds...let him rest.


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<< LINK REMOVED >> what are you on about should they stop making James bond movies or Mario games? snake is a character like any form DC or Marvel and he can and will continue long after your bones have turned to dust

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why do I feel like he's teasing us? You really like that huh Mr Kojima sir?

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He should just stop saying this is the last one, we know it's not. And if it blows up sales wise, Konami will make another Metal Gear Solid game, just without Kojima.

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I would hope there is more from Kojima. Metal Gear Solid or other series of game from him so far.

I will leave you with a link of who Hideo Kojima is.

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Must be paying Kiefer by the word then...


'This will be my last Metal Gear,'" Kojima said.

Where have I heard this before....oh yeah every time he makes a new MGS game, that's where. lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree, paying Kiefer means less chatting, less long talks.... check out my comment above..

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Isn't Kojima The Master Of Troll? I mean you will just never know what will he plan on doing. Unless there is a leak involved.

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Pay's hollywood actor to replaced beloved voice actor of franchises.
To save money turn lead character into a silent protagonist..... (-__-) Genius

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yeah I know!! That's even worse than losing the voice of Hayter.. well it is just as bad.. I have nothing against Kiefer, but at least with Hayter we had so many long and captivating talks... it was a pleasure to listen to.

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Also anyone remembers Dante from DMC2 ? xD

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<< LINK REMOVED >> DMC2 never happened. . .


It went DMC, DMC3, DMC4, Bayonetta, & Bayonetta 2.. . & that's the series (holds ears) "lalala"

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To be honest Kurt Russel also rarely spoke in Escape from New York and Gordon Freeman never speaks and Master Chief speaks very, very rarely so no big deal there.

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Boss barely spoke as it is, he would just repeat 90% of things said to him and/or grunt. Now with all the sh!t he has had to put up with, I can see why he would be more leaning towards action rather than words.

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The last game in the saga? No, you need to make a game about Boss. I want to know how she assembled the Cobra Unit.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> He's said every game is "the last" since MGS2. This is not the last Metal Gear Solid game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Good point.


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<< LINK REMOVED >> In the video he stated that for him, this would be the end of the saga. Meaning Konami will probably keep working with the series

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Man, I hope your right, cant get enough MGS.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> well, remember last Metal Gear game made without Kojima? More specifically the tremendous difference between initially announced MGS: Rising (a project led by Kojima) and final MGR (re-made without his direct involvement).


What I mean is that MGS made by different team will most likely loose all the things that make the series so great. Do you really want it to become another Silent Hill (Downpour title was a perfect description of the direction series was going).

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Right, I see what you mean. I do hope he remakes the original MGS for PS4 like he said he would like to do. That would be sick!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> well, he sad a while ago that he would love to make Silent Hill game and now he's doing it, who knows, maybe MGS remake will happen too... or maybe another MGS from him (MGS 2, 3 and 4 was planned as the last games in series too with 4th actually tying up all loose ends).

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Well let's hope this is the end, it's long overdue. Really, after MGS it was just a bunch of shitty games trying to recapture the magic. Kojima is a dick too. After he completely botched MGS3, you had to buy it again at full price if you didn't want to play it blind.