In what is likely the last Metal Gear Solid trailer ever directed by Hideo Kojima, we get a haunting, surreal experience that will run chills up your spine.

Stop reading; I'm dead serious. Stop reading this text and watch the video embedded right above it. This E3 2015 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is (in my opinion) one of the greatest video game trailers ever made and is the perfect swansong for Hideo Kojima's involvement with the franchise. Listening to Master Miller, Skull Face and Major Zero's well-written narrations with such captivating visuals and a dreamlike melody playing is just awe-inspiring. Not to mention we get to see footage of Les Enfants Terribles, Metal Gear, Quiet and all kinds of other crazy story sequences. Watching Snake and Quiet take on the prototype version of The Beauty and the Beast squad from MGSIV impressed us. We're not sure why Skull Face is wearing a Zorro mask or why he's working with Big Boss and Diamond Dogs, but it looks so captivating.

Let these paraphrased narrations provide the overall theme for the trailer:

America is a country of liberty, a meeting of immigrants. Instead of simply assimilating, its citizens live alongside others. So the Major [Zero] sought a system that used information, words, to control the subconscious.

In his eyes, the greatest symbiotic parasite the world has ever known isn't microbial, it's linguistic. Words are what keeps civilization, our world, alive. Free the world, not by taking men's lives, but by taking their tongues.

I was expecting some powerful words, but damn. The song is "Elegia" by New Order; you're welcome. This trailer left us with nothing but hope for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and dread for the future of the series without Hideo Kojima involved.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its multiplayer companion Metal Gear Online will be available on September 1 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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