Ishmael is the co-op buddyThere's a lot of speculation over a character whose face happens to be entirely bandaged and who shares Big Boss's VA. It's possible that Ishmael's entire design was meant to facilitate two-player co-op, possibly drop-in/drop-out. Giving him the same model and VA as Big Boss along with a hidden face allows for the system that was in Peace Walker in which every player saw himself as Snake and the other player as a masked figure. Ishmael presumably has the same build/character model as Big Boss, so there'll be no conflict with different animations between a player's POV and the other player's POV. Likewise, the identical voices means there doesn't have to be any conflict with in-game dialogue. Essentially, Ishmael is one big in-story justification for a co-op system like Peace Walker's. This explains, in part at least, the perplexing nature of his masked appearance and voice.
Kiefer Sutherland will be playing Big Boss because David Hayter will return as Solid Snake.Solid Snake should be about around 11 years old at the start of the Phantom Pain portion of the game, which may or may not be too young for Hayter to voice well at that point. But if half a decade or so passes during the game, we'll see the beginnings of the ridiculously manly ~16 year old Solid Snake and his super-puberty induced throat cancer voice's induction into FOXHOUND, and training him will be a core part of the gameplay as part of Big Boss's revenge plans.
David Hayter will voice Snake in the Ground Zeroes portion of the game, while Kiefer Sutherland will take over for the rest of the game.Considering that Ground Zeroes takes place shortly after Peace Walker (making it seem odd for a change in voice actors to take place), and that Big Boss is in a coma for a decade after Mother Base is destroyed, it's fairly possible that his voice could have changed as a response to his body's atrophy.
Kojima is trolling somehow with the voice of Big Boss and/or the trailersIf anyone remembers the trailers of Metal Gear Solid 2, many things were in those trailers that were not in the game. For example, Raiden seemed like a minor character and that Snake was the main playable character. What if Kiefer only voices Big Boss in the trailers? Or if Hayter is coming back as a Snake, but a much younger Solid, Liquid or even Solidus Snake? What if the trailers are lying to the audience about what is and isn't in the game? MGS2 had a bunch of lies in its trailers, as reflections of its themes of memetics and informaion control. Maybe Kojima is doing the same here, especially since this game will most likely deal with Big Boss versus his former friends, who were all original Patriots and created the Patriot AIs who drove the plot of MGS1, MGS2 and MGS4. Kojima is also heavily disillusioned with Metal Gear in general, since he views the franchise as preventing him from working on other titles...and he does want this to be his last, like MGS4 and MGS2 before him. That could factor in as well.
The Boy in the cage being choked is a Young Solid SnakeThe song playing during that sequence is called "Sins of the Father." Eli seems like a pretty obvious Liquid Snake, so Solid Snake would be out there too. Since we know Solid looks more like BB than Liquid, BB probably loathes the little kid. Sees himself in it. And given BB's attitude in V, I bet he hates himself and punishes the cloned version of himself.
Ocelot Will reappear or at least make a cameoLike Peace Walker Ground Zeros takes place four years after Portable Ops. With all the references in the last game to The Boss and her child, why shouldn't the Magnificent Bastard himself make an appearance?
Frank Jaeger will return at some pointThe Mozambican Civil War doesn't begin until 1977. Also at the end of Peace Walker there are hints about something going near Angoloa. Unless Kojima is trolling again.
Sniper Wolf will turn up.
The Snake kids will appearThey should have been born by the time the game takes place. Liquid Snake seemed to have been raised directly by Big Boss so he might come into custody within the game, and Solid Snake seemed to have at least Big Boss' string-pulling involved in his life so he might get sent off somewhere of Big Boss' choosing too.
Cipher set up everything to carry out Les Enfants TerriblesThink about it. The project is dated to have been carried out during the early nineteen-seventies, and its common knowledge that Big Boss was either comatose or at least somehow cloned using his cells and the Super Baby Method. Of course, they couldn't just use hair or skin cells, they needed a much meatier sample than that. This is Cipher killing two birds with one stone: He manipulates Big Boss and MSF into a vulnerable state, where he can kick both in the teeth and leave them a non-issue for the long term, even if it only slows them down. He also gets a chance to also bring the Snake back he once knew, so to speak. While comatose in the hospital from his wounds during the evacuation of Mother Base, Cipher sent someone to retrieve samples of Big Boss. They didn't use the small stuff. They couldn't, it wouldn't be enough. So they took his arm at the elbow, then sent a cleanup crew to take out any traces of him.
There will be two protagonistsIn different time periods as well.
"Ishmael" is really Chico or Gray FoxIn the GDC trailer, the man in the bandages says he's been looking after Big Boss for 9 years, given Chico's hinted role as a coerced sleeper agent, he might have looked after Big Boss for those 9 years out of guilt for betraying him, which would explain why he doesn't give his real name. Or he could be Gray Fox undergoing reconstructive surgery for his ears and nose....
The Burned Man is Psycho Mantis
Richard Doyle will voice SnakeConsidering David Hayter is apparently not reprising his role (though it may be another case of misinformation), and BB is closer than ever to his MG 1 age, this makes sense. A handwave could be given thanks to the coma.
Psycho Mantis will appear, possibly as the source of Big Boss' nightmares
The Burned Man is Major ZeroHe seems to be leading the attack against FOX and Mother Base, and we know he was behind Cipher in Peace Walker...and he hates Big Boss by now.
This will be the final link between the Big Boss and Solid Snake eras.Peace Walker showed the beginnings of what'd become Outer Heaven, but not the actual founding. Not to mention the main part takes place 12 years before Metal Gear 1. This game could show Big Boss founding Outer Heaven proper, as well as the start of the clash between Zero and Big Boss, as well as Big Boss completing his journey to villain.
The game will use Moby-Dick as an analogy for Big Boss' transformation into the Big Bad by the end of the game.If "Ishmael" isn't obvious enough, the protagonist of the game is a leader who's lost a limb in a traumatic attack. After being painted as the enemy of the world, Big Boss will lose complete faith in the world by the end of this game, finally tired of being a pawn of one conspiracy after another, and begin to seek creating a true Outer Heaven. Also, flaming whales.
We will not be playing as Big Boss, but another "clone"This will require some explaining. Let me start with the trailer's opening, which shows "Big Boss" being resuscitated by a doctor. Notice that our angle makes it look like we are seeing this through another's eyes, and a few times during this, the doctor across from the one saving "Big Boss" glances in our direction sometimes. After Big Boss is stabilized, we see Miller looking at us, and he says "What about him?", and before the trailer cuts away, we see the doctors turning around.
The Phantom Pain may take place in more than one locationWhen Big Boss wakes up in the hospital, there is a Union Jack hanging in the room. This could suggest that he has awoken in British-run facility, though its location would be a good question (seeing as the last place we have seen Big Boss was fleeing the destruction of Mother Base in Central America). Given the conflicts going on, it could be possible that the facility is linked to Cipher or Zero. The idea that there is another location that the Phantom Pain will play out in is very circumstantial. Given the presence of Ocelot, someone that appears to be Psycho Mantis, and the new red prosthetic hand Big Boss has in the Diamond Dogs outfit (a hand similar to Zadornov's hand), part of the game may be in the Soviet Union.
The burning man with fire powers is VolginSnake is also attacked by a lightning strike in that scene, so it would make sense.
There will be a Player Punch moment involving the hospitalPerhaps this is a credit to whoever edited together the GDC 13 Phantom Pain trailer and to "Not Your Kind of People", but it almost feels like there will some moment for this. It could be the nurse that finds Big Boss waking up from the coma, it could be the doctor, or it could be some other patients that the player will meet and get to know. It just seems that there will be some disheartening moment when the hospital is raided and someone you have come to know and possibly like will get killed offed during your escape. The only other punch that could happen is if the person you care for turns out to be a Cipher agent or someone working for Zero, sent to keep tabs on you (or worse, take certain actions if you wake up).
Ishmael was rescued from Camp Omega by Big Boss in Ground Zeroes.He was detained in Camp Omega because he's actually Gray Fox.
Drago Madnar will make an appearance in "The Phantom Pain".Since it is known that Dr. Madnar is capable of creating a cyborg body for Raiden, it may not be a far stretch to think that he could make an effective prosthetic hand given 80's technology in a Metal Gear world. He could be to one to fit Big Boss with a new hand after the hospital escape, and the moment could also make a nod to his eventual role in the first "Metal Gear" as the designer of the TX-55.
The XOF Commander is Lyndon B. JohnsonA lot of people have been saying that the XOF Commander is a victim of severe burns, but that doesn't make sense because his ears and nose are still mostly intact and those would be the first tissues to be completely destroyed by fire. If anything he looks withered, like a corpse thats been decomposing for a few months. Now, bear with me here. In the MGS Universe, LBJ was the one who signed off on Operation Snake Eater, which not only led to the founding of the Patriots, but led to Big Boss' longstanding distrust of the Government. Moreover, its been implied that LBJ is the one who authorized the Les Enfants Terribles project that spawned the clones of Big Boss. Lastly, this is fucking MGS - In a world where gay vampires, spirit mediums, and giant robots are commonplace, a zombie is hardly irregular. LBJ died in 1973, and the Ground Zeroes trailer apparently takes place in 1974. More to the point, its suspected that the voice actor for the XOF Commander is the same one who portrayed LBJ in Snake Eater. Kojima has already stated that Ground Zeroes will tackle "taboo" subjects he's afraid might seriously impact release of the game, and what could be more taboo than having your game's villain literally be the rotting, resurrected revenant of a World Leader who was active during living memory, especially one with a real-life record of positive legislation like the Civil Rights movement?
The Phantom Pain takes place entirely in Big Boss's nine-year coma, which he doesn't know he's in.It explains all the strange imagery. And the scene where the doctor tells Big Boss that he's been in a coma for nine years is the end of The Phantom Pain.
The game will at some point feature a much younger FOXHOUND team rescuing Big Boss.We already more or less have Psycho Mantis and Revolver Ocelot confirmed, apparently helping BB in some manner, and the voice at the end of the trailer sounds pretty similar to Sniper Wolf. What if Ishmael is actually Decoy Octopus? It would explain why his face is covered, as if I recall we never see Octopus's true appearance in-game.
The taboo subject will involve child soldiersThis was brought up in a few forums and they make an interesting point. Think about it, what's the last game you played where you were encouraged to shoot children?
'Eli' is a young Liquid Snake.Because no one else could wear that open vest and mullet as well as he can.
Raiden and Solidus will appear.While Liberia hasn't been confirmed as a location, we see child soldiers of African ethnicity. Solidus mentioned how he "discovered" Raiden in the Liberian civil war. Therefore, we may see Raiden's and Solidus' first canonical appearances. Even though Solidues would be a bit too young by the 80's, this doesn't mean that he wasn't a child soldier, too. Thus, appearances by both would make sense.
Code Talker is the last survivor of the original Philosophers.His subtitle lists him as a "WISE MAN denied his homeland", and being around 100 years old he certainly could have been part of the Wiseman's Committee during World War I.
The mech seen at the end of the Director's Cut trailer is an early version of TX-55.Unlike ZEKE, which was known for not looking like the first MSX Metal Gear at all, this one has a similar size and overall shape (including a similar camera position).
All of the paranormal events Big Boss witnesses in the hospital are hallucinations.It's quite possible he was hallucinating the flaming man, Psycho Mantis, and the giant flaming whale. For example, when Big Boss sees Psycho Mantis in front of the elevator, Ishmael, who is right next to him, apparently doesn't notice him.
Ishmael isn't real.It seems mighty convenient that Ishmael has been hanging around in the hospital for at least nine years waiting for Big Boss to wake up from his coma. His comment about watching over Big Boss is true because he's part of Big Boss! It would also make sense how the drug Ishmael tries to administer to Big Boss to get his muscles working again fails to do anything. Lastly, Ishmael has the exact same voice actor as Big Boss, which is yet another hint they may both be the same person.
Miller will betray Big BossKaz will have a Heel Realization and/or My God, What Have I Done? moment, so he will turn on BB, who will be unwilling to abandon his current ways, thus contributing to BB's journey to villainy.
Skullface will be Affably Evil if not just affable.
XOF is Foxhound or related to it in some form.It would explain what they where doing from the between the 70's and the Outer Heaven uprising.
Code Talker is The Boss' fatherAs the above theories claim, Code Talker is likely a survivor of the Philosophers. In the E3 trailer, the way Ocelot raises his hand, only for the footage to cut to Code Talker lowering his hand in a similar but reversed fashion does hint at them being linked...
Ishmael is a hallucination, and represents the player characterHe says he's been watching over Big Boss for nine years. Since MGS3 was released in 2004, in a way, so have players. When asked who he is, Ishmael hesitates, then points right at the camera. Additionally, the way he uses items on Big Boss to help him recover and pushes him to move forward, are eerily similar to the ways a player manipulates their player character.
The hospital Big Boss wakes up in is a British military base in Cyprus.Largely based off of some detective work a few IGN forumgoers did.
There will have another Assassin's Creed crossoverHideo Kojima says that he likes the series. Game is confirmed to take place in the Middle East and will feature open world gameplay and they've done crossovers before.
The whole plot of the game is Big Boss having to come to terms with the fact that he's a clone-daddy.Around this time, Solid and Liquid are around 12 years old. It's already generally assumed that Eli is Liquid (since they look nearly identical and he is "A Youth who Curses his Fate"). The theme song of the game is called "Sins of the Father", obviously referring to Big Boss. "Those Who 'Don't' Exist" are the six aborted clones of Big Boss, hence their horrible deformities. Each one will encompass a different sin; one will be Sloth, one will be Greed, one will be Envy, etc. It's possible that the role of Envy will go to Liquid, or that Wrath will be placed upon Big Boss himself ("Kaz, I'm already a demon"). As Big Boss fights his children, everything will come to a head with a conflict with Liquid, and Big Boss will have to accept that his "sin" was bringing his clones into such a harsh world. He'll then ask Master Miller to take Solid under his wing and be his mentor, so that at least one of his children can live without a troubled youth.
Ground Zeroes will not be a separate gameDespite what Konami says, it's not going to be a separate game because the trailer shows that Mother Base will be destroyed shortly after the events of Peace Walker. Instead, it's going to be a tutorial about managing your team which will play a larger role later; which makes more sense since Mother Base should have a sizeable army at that moment.
At least a few of the bosses from Metal Gear 1 and 2 will make their appearanceBecause Big Boss had to meet them sometime. Besides, it'll be interesting to see how Kojima tries to fit guys like Dirty Duck and Running Man into the mold established after MGS1.
Sergei Gurlukovich will make an appearance with a unit, possibly alongside OcelotThe soldiers Big Boss is presented as fighting during the the 'Dynamic CQC' section of the E3 trailer sport black-and-white striped vests and caps that are remarkably similar to Olga's. We know that part of the game takes place in Afghanistan during the USSR's operations there. Given Kojima's love for tying everything together, we can perhaps assume Sergei - being one of Ocelot's colleagues - will put in an appearance, albeit younger and sans Olga.
There will be an achievement for standing around to watch a horse poop....It seems like the most Kojima thing to do.
XOF answers to JD, not Cipher.While the Patriots remain the Bigger Bad, the AI's will first become important here, as their activation leads to the unforeseen creation of XOF and its preemptive assault on MSF, since the latter is identified as a threat to the AIs scheme and Cipher still wants Big Boss back in the fold instead of dead. The Moby Dick parallels identify how there is no real way for Big Boss and Kaz to avenge themselves on the new Patriots aside from destroying XOF. Big Boss will become obsessed with defeating the Patriots regardless, and will pretend to rejoin them by forming Foxhound while he ensures Outer Heaven's survival As a country of mercenaries, while Miller will break with him and become Master Miller after seeing how distorted his friend has become.
There will be another time skip in this game.To the 90s and Operation Intrude N313. You'll play as both Big Boss and Solid Snake before their inevitable final confrontation.
There will be some emphasis on multiplayerNotice how the subtitle said "Tactical Espionage Operations"? That's the same exact subtitle used in Peace Walker. I don't know how they will pull this off but it most likely won't be like PW as this game will be more open-ended. I predict that it may involve "dropping in and out" of a game, similar to an MMO but don't count on it.
Skullface is Sergeant AvitusHe didn't die he just went back in time because the chaos gods thought it would be funny.
Skullface is SokolovHis description is "A Ghost Without A Past." In Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Ghost turned out to be Sokolov. Given that Kojima said he was bringing back a character he had killed off, the makes for a nice Discontinuity Nod towards Portable Ops, since Kojima had no involvement in that game.
The biggest plot twist of the centuryOn the day of release, Kiefer Sutherland will peel off his skin and reveal that he is actually David Hayter. And then Hideo Kojima will confess that there never was a Hideo Kojima. he too will peel off his face and reveal that all this time, he was Uwe Boll! And then, not content with his first reveal, David Hayter will peel off his face and reveal that he's a blueberry pie. PlayStation version of the game is apparently a Metal Gear Solid remake. This will also bring the series full circle.
The prosthetic hand Big Boss gets will have more available functions than just being a hand.The player will be able to choose a specific loadout for the hand for each mission, such as a single shot silenced pistol, stun prod or hidden blades.