Kojima shows how he made Metal Gear Solid V's 'Nuclear' trailer


Behind-the-scenes video translated

Few trailers rival the “Nuclear” video for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I must’ve watched it half a dozen times when it debuted last year at E3, and probably doubled that number leading up to the game’s release in September. What a masterful pairing of music and imagery.

“I won’t scatter your sorrow to the heartless sea. I will always be with you.”

That line sparked my imagination. I obsessively pieced together the clues, themes, and fan speculation to form my own narrative for The Phantom Pain. It was such a fun mental exercise.

It’s strange to look back on this footage now. Some of the scenes didn’t even make it into the game, while others occur far later than originally expected. It’s also surprising how many story beats are shown here (albeit without full context to know what, exactly, they mean).

Last year, Kojima Productions put out an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the “Nuclear” trailer, but it was in Japanese. Devoted fans have since come out with a translation.

About ten minutes in, after a short retrospective covering prior promo videos for the Metal Gear Solid series, Hideo Kojima starts to talk us through his process before diving into Final Cut Pro.

In case you were wondering: “finding the right background music comes first.”

[Via r/MetalGearSolid]