Metal Gear Solid V – Producer Responds to Graphics Downgrade Allegations

Posted Jul 10, 2015
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Konami has released quite a lot of gameplay footage over the last couple of weeks for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and it seems that some people were not that impressed with what they have been seeing lately of the latest iteration of the beloved franchise.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Producer Responds to Graphics Downgrade Allegations

Some believe that the latest footage, which can be viewed further down, exhibits a graphics downgrade especially in shadows, textures, and colors.

Producer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi, responding to question on twitter addressed these concerns directly.

Konami has released a new video of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, featuring 30 minutes of gameplay, which can be viewed below. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1st for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and on PC on September 15.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is surely going to be a very controversial game

Both because of the themes it tackles as well as because of the buzz surrounding it, caused by the Konami/Kojima dispute and the alleged transplant doctor controversies. Additionally, David Hayter, long time voice actor of Solid Snake and Big Boss got replaced by Kiefer Sutherland. A strange theory is floating around claiming that Hayter will be back as Solid Snake.

Last year, the voice actor of Raiden, Quinton Flynn hinted that Hayter will still be Solid Snake and Sutherland is only taking up the role of Big Boss. In a recent interview with Yong Yea, Flynn shared his thoughts:

“In fact a petition went around, not only did I sign, I wrote a letter of support for David. He’s brilliant, he’s a good friend, I love him. He deserves the role, he originated it. I supported that. As we know, in any kind of business there’s more to the story that we don’t know. So it had to be some kind of a business decision. “Why?” I don’t know, I don’t know that I’ll ever know. Only David know. Hideo knows. They probably know more than Kiefer knows. I think he got the job and I’m sure he was happy to do it. I’ve not heard what he’s done at all. I don’t have any insider information. But he’s Kiefer Sutherland, so I can imagine what it’ll sound like and I’m sure it’ll be fine…whatever.”

Kojima previously stated that Sutherland was brought in for Metal Gear Solid V because they wanted to convey emotions not only through dialogue but through facial gestures as well, suggesting that this was more a creative decision.

Flynn is convinced that Sutherland will indeed deliver a capable performance in The Phantom Pain.

“Kiefer, you may not know me, but I love you buddy. I’m a big fan, and I do also know Kiefer is a musician. He told me about the club he had, I don’t know if he still has it. Everything I’ve gotten from Kiefer as an actor and from interviews I’ve seen, he seems like a stand up guy, a genuine guy. I’m sure he’s going to do quite a capable performance. I don’t have any problem with him. It’s a decision that is above and beyond us, and that’s what happens in this business. I’ve replaced actors, actors have replaced me. It’s just a part of the game.”

Konami promised to clarify things about Hideo Kojima in the future. Kojima’s name is still included in the game’s credits.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1st for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and on PC on September 15. We will bring you any new information regarding Metal Gear Solid V, Konami and Hideo Kojima as soon as it becomes available.

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