So I should start by saying I consider myself a big Metal Gear Solid fan, it's my favourite series and I'd include MGS2 and 3 in my top 10 all-time favourite games. I think that MGS 4 dropped the ball a lot story-wise, but I loved the actual gameplay. But I digress. This whole campaign leading up to the Metal Gear Solid V reveal (both The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes) has been a mix of bizarre and out right stupid.
I feel like the whole Moby Dick Studios "viral marketing" has been alienating at best. For starters I think really good viral marketing like the I LOVE BEES for Halo 2 or the Year Zero campaign for Nine Inch Nail's album are examples of this type of hype building done right... but this was pointless. What the hell did a fake European developer add to the game exactly? The fact it was a Metal Gear game was figured out pretty quickly, it adds nothing to the actual game world, nobody was fooled and did anyone find it even remotely entertaining? I doubt it. What a waste of time.
And the letting go of David Hayter is bullshit. So Kojima said to Geoff Keighly the series needs a fresh start, but he's fine using the same Japanese voice actor in his home country? So they don't need a fresh start there? The stories of the games are so over-the-top I think a voice actor who knows how to act more comic book-like than movie-like is a huge plus for the series. And using Hayter in the Ground Zeroes reveal just feels gross now - Kojima will use him to build fan hype then forget to tell him he's not needed for the actual game? What a coward. Seriously, Hayter not finding out from Kojima proves what a gutless man he really is. That sounds harsh, but seriously, grow some balls and tell the guy you need to go in a new direction.
I never thought Kojima was flawless as a person or a developer (and he's deeply flawed as a writer), but this is a slap in the face to both fans and a man who has been nothing but supportive of the series. I mean Hayter wrote the first two X-Men movies (ie the good ones) and was spitting out some garbage lines at various points in the Metal Gear series. Get him in the writers room! But when did he ever say a bad word about Kojima's skills? He has always been enthusiastic about the whole series and has displayed a genuine affection for the series that goes beyond what a normal voice actor would do.
I'm not going to call for a boycott or anything, I mean I really want to play both Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, but I feel like a creator who I once respected has been revealed to be more of an egotistical prima donna than an eccentric visionary. Yeah he's human, but does he even know what fans want anymore? I felt he was losing his grip at the end of MGS4 (to be fair Peace Walker was excellent) and this is just makes me think the future of Metal Gear Solid may not be what I want it to be...
tl;dr Kojima's ego has taken over fully and I don't know I personally like what's happening
(hopefully this is all an elaborate ruse and Hayter comes back...)