In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Hideo Kojima opened up recently about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, nuclear deterrents and changing views on America. “The message is anti-nuclear weapons but it’s not just about shouting that message at the player.” says Kojima talking about the story.
One of the ways this plays out is through Mother Base, Venom Snake’s base of operations that players can build up. “When it reaches a certain size, the world begins to take notice and, in that sense, you become the threat. Countries begin to attack you. At this point I give the player the option to think about acquiring a nuclear weapon, in order to deter these attacks, a kind of threat. It illustrates the cycle of nuclear weapons, what inspires people and nations to enter into that system. It’s something that you can only really do in video games.”
The original Mother Base was destroyed a the end of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes after an attack by Cypher. Military Sans Frontières was destroyed in the firefight and Snake was left in a coma. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain starts with Snake waking from the coma and building up a second private military company – the Diamond Dogs.
Kojima also talked about his views on America and its place. “In the past the US was the centre of the world, where everything was happening, I think my stories have always sought to question this, maybe even criticise it. But the situation is changing. America is not seen as the centre of the world any more. So the focus of my stories is shifting alongside with that change in the real world.”
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will take place in an open world Afghanistan as Venom Snake and Diamond Dogs begin to descend into madness. The Phantom Pain will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. There is currently no release date for the game although The Guardian article claimed it’s coming 17th of March 2015. The article has since removed this date, so we will just have to wait for the official announcement.
The extended version of the games E3 trailer can be found here.