Another possible sign is the glaring absence of David Hayter as the voice of Big Boss. He’s voiced Big Boss in three previous games, and is one of the staples of the American version of the franchise. While Solid Snake shares Hayter’s voice with Big Boss, the other two confirmed Big Boss clones do not. Liquid and Solidus are played by James Flinders aka Cam Clarke and John Cygan respectively. Kojima claims that they didn’t ask Hayter back because they were essentially “rebooting” the franchise, so to add to a new flavor of gameplay they would have a fresh voice for Big Boss. A lot of people are wondering if this is another of Kojima’s clever ruses, even after Hayter posted on the subject online, and if that’s the case, a Big Boss clone certainly wouldn’t preclude him from appearing as the ACTUAL Big Boss in the game.
“V” is also an interesting element to the game. Not only because they’ve changed their numbering system for the title from the Arabic numeral set (which has been used in all numbered sequels) to the Roman numeral set, but also because of the mysterious quote which closes the trailer: “V has come to.” Could “V” be the codename of this clone? Does that imply that there could be other clones? For instance, the bandaged man, “Ishmael,” seemingly voiced by Keifer Sutherland in the gameplay demo?
It would require a different cloning technique as a story conceit than the Les Enfant Terribles project, since the brothers were preteens in 1984, when The Phantom Pain is set. Perhaps Big Boss’s memories have been imprinted on this clone by Psycho Mantis, which would explain the hallucinations and the appearance of a shadowy Volgin phantom in the hospital. Perhaps that’s the meaning of the phantom pain, remembering pain that he never really had. Again, this is all speculation, and probably way off the mark.
What this article is really about are some questions that haven’t even been asked yet. Namely, will there be a new Metal Gear Online featured with either part of the new game, and is The Phantom Pain the “Project Ogre” that was being developed on the Fox engine? Kojima first teased “Project Ogre” in an interview with CNN when he was touting the new Fox Engine, and said “The kind of game I’m making is some game that has a very wide entrance, a very open entrance… Rather than making something very cinematic, [I plan to] make something very free.” We know that Metal Gear Solid V is going to be an open world game, however, after the reveal of Ground Zeroes last year, there was a lot of speculation as to whether it was the aforementioned Project Ogre.
Kojima emphatically dispelled those thoughts, tweeting that “While I am happy to know people liked MGS Ground Zeroes, I’m sick & tired of people keep asking me ‘is that project Ogre’ here in Seattle everyday. Project Ogre is what the project that Ogre appears. Ogre does not appear in MGS Ground Zeroes.” So where do we stand now that we have another part of MGSV? Does “Ogre” appear in The Phantom Pain? If not do we have yet even MORE to look forward to from Kojima Productions in the near future? Kojima’s pseudonym for the Phantom Pain “Joakim Mogren” contains not only an anagram of Kojima (Joakim=Kojima) but also “Ogre” at the center (mOGREn). Is that a coincidence? With Kojima, is anything coincidence?