New Ocelot voice actor Troy Baker has discussed during an Indy PopCon 2015 panel its interpretation of the much appreciated Metal Gear character, the influence Hideo Kojima had on the gaming industry for all of these years and Kiefer Sutherland approach to the Snake/Big Boss role.
Hideo Kojima has been in gaming for 20+ years and, while being known mainly for its long running Metal Gear saga, he has provided such a degree of novelty when it comes to stealth action and storytelling. Hearing that he is having arguments with Konami has left Baker a bit disappointed.
“Because Kojima decided to make Metal Gear, so many other people have decided to make games. […] I don’t know what’s going on at Konami, but I love Kojima. And I love him as a dude, I respect him as a game maker. As really one of the first cinematic game makers that we had, someone that really understood in a very ‘Sergio Leone’ kind of spaghetti western way of making film, in a game. And for giving us one of the greatest video game characters ever, in the multiple iterations of Snake.”
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be all about changes. For example, the famous actor Kiefer Sutherland is giving his voice to Big Boss, replacing the fan favorite David Hayter, who is not going to be a part of the project for the first time since Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2. Baker has assured fans Sutherland will be great on this character:
“For me, as a fan of the franchise, to be in a Metal Gear game, especially this one, is huge. And I’m glad that I wasn’t Snake, cause that… Kiefer… to his credit, Kiefer Sutherland knocked it out of the freaking park. And he came in and he put the work in. So… I love David Hayter. I love David, he’s a good dude and he’s Snake. But so is Kiefer. And that guy showed up and rolled up his sleeves and got dirty on this game. So reserve judgement until you play it. You only have like two more months left. And trust me, it will be worth it.”
And what about his own role? He’s going to be Ocelot for the first time ever, after so many years spent in giving his voice to many other franchises’ characters, such as The Last of Us’ Joel.
“There’s an Ocelot in every game. You know, and that’s, again, I get to be counted among some really really great actors. Between Patric Zimmerrman, Josh Keaton and me. That’s cool! And it’s a great version of Ocelot too. So I can’t wait for everybody to play it. And I think it might be the most ambitious game I’ve ever seen, just in sheer scope of what you can do inside that game.”
Below you can see the video with the entire panel involving, from 31:15, Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain and Baker’s role in its production.