The E3 trailer for Hideo Kojima’s latest Metal Gear entry has leaked ahead of its scheduled E3 broadcast. It shows a bloody-faced Big Boss, a bunch of bleak, cinematic encounters and fights, and the still-jarring voice of Keifer Sutherland.
Konami published the trailer and quickly took it down, but not before it began popping up across the internet. The publisher appears to be issuing copyright claims as fast as they can, so any embedded video you come across (including the above) will very likely not last long.
As is always the case with Kojima’s trailers, this one is filled with little clues. Emblems for Outer Heaven and the Diamond Dogs appear toward the end. At one point Big Boss rubs ashes from a white urn on his face, which is noticeably marred by a large piece of shrapnel in his forehead. It looks almost like a devil’s horn. (The Diamond Dogs, a militia led by Big Boss, carry diamonds created from the ashes of their fallen compatriots.)
The trailer also opens with a quotation from Mark Twain: “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Certainly Snake looks plenty angry here.
At the end of the trailer, we hear him say: “I will scatter your sorrow to the heartless sea. I will always be with you.”
What do you make of the new trailer? What hints about Kojima’s strange, convoluted story can we glean from this latest bit of footage?