Metal Gear Solid V Has Horses That Poop In Real-Time

By Robert Ward . June 12, 2014 . 10:01am

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I’m no Metal Gear Solid veteran. I remember Psycho Mantis’ crazy controller-port switching boss fight and Big Boss’ betrayal in Snake Eater, but that’s where my knowledge of Hideo Kojima’s eccentric military universe stops cold. That didn’t stop me, however, from enjoying every second of Metal Gear Solid V footage I was treated to at E3 this year.

 

For ease of reading, I’ll describe what I saw using bullet points. Before I start, though, let me just say that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the best looking game I’ve ever seen. Alright, here we go:

 

  • The footage began with Ocelot and Snake (pre Big Boss status) riding horses through the deserts of Afghanistan. They’re caught up in a sandstorm for a bit, but when it subsides, a grand view opens up. Snake fumbles to handle a flask of water with his relatively new prosthetic robot-arm.

 

  • Snake is tasked by Ocelot to infiltrate the soviet army’s main ground forces after 9-years of being “on ice,” whatever that meant. He hands snake the game’s new primary gadget, the eyedroid. His mission is to save a comrade of his named Miller, whose squad entered the territory alive and ended up permanently checking in as corpses.

 

  • Ocelot says to snake “You’re a legend in the eyes of those who live on the battlefield, that’s why you have to handle this yourself. Put those 9 years behind you and return as Big Boss.”

 

  • The horses will poop in real time. No, really—the horses take dumps. That’s a thing.

 

  • Approaching a small building, the player demonstrated that you can now bow off the side of a horse to avoid detection. You can also dive off the horse and into cover from this position.

 

  • Hiding behind a Wall, Snake holds up one of the enemy soldiers, at which point he interrogates him. The soldier tells him where to find a stash of valuable items and supplies Snake can use to his advantage.

 

  • The Fulton Recovery System makes a glorious return. You can tie living soldiers, corpses, sheep, and even crates to balloons that will be retrieved and pulled back to mother base. Anything retrieved in this way will actually be at mother base.

 

  • The weather is real time—and your eyedroid will give you forecasts so you know what to expect. Of course, these forecasts have a certain percentage chance of being wrong.

 

  • From your eyedroid menu, you can assign soldiers who work at mother base to do certain things. If you invest in intel, for example, you will see red circles appear on your map, which are “anticipated enemy locations”

 

  • There is an item called the “phantom cigar,” which is a computer cigar that produces digitalized smoke (it’s absolutely ridiculous), to pass time. You can choose, in this way, to infiltrate places during the night or day.

 

  • The box is back, and better than ever. You can pop out of the top and shoot/hold up enemy soldiers. You can also pull enemies into the box and have them retrieved with the Fulton Recovery System. If you’re detected, you can also dive out of the front of the box and let enemies examine a completely empty box, doubling its usefulness.

 

  • The Fulton Recovery System won’t always work. There’s a percentage success rate displayed when you use it, and it will cost you money every time.

 

  • You have the ability to call in evacuation helicopters and air strikes via the eyedroid.

 

That’s all stuff you may have heard, here’s what we saw that was brand-spanking new:

 

  • The evacuation Helicopters will take you straight back to mother base, which is a giant series of freight platforms off of the coast of Afghanistan.

 

  • You can expand your base by investing money into it. Anything you retrieve will be available at your base – prisoners, vehicles, even sheep. These items can be air-dropped to you at any time. You can also add things like turrets to your towers and what not.

 

  • Another thing you can do for security is hire UAVs, which are floating gun turrets that monitor your base’s security.

 

  • All of a sudden, an alarm goes off, and the base is under attack by something. You see all of the soldiers running towards the north end of the base. We’re told that the way you choose to invade certain areas, the people you kill, and especially the people you don’t kill, will all effect who you have rivalries within the game.

 

  • We’re promised that Snake’s relationship with the world of the game will change based on the decisions the players make.

 

That was about all I got to see. I should note, for our reader’s enjoyment, that Kojima took much pleasure in hearing the crowd laugh at the humor he injected into the game. Especially the horse-pooping.



  • DesmaX

    The horses will poop in real time. No, really—the horses take dumps. That’s a thing.

    What a time to be alive

    To be honest, it’s a pretty cool detail. Congrats for the dev team

    • Kaien

      If you step on the poop, enemies will be able to see your footprints.

      • J_Joestar

        and smell you sneaking up from behind them.

        • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

          And make them run away from you because you stink.

          • Zurashii

            Now imagine ROLLING or CRAWLING onto poop.

        • SolRevr

          It would be so awesome if the simulation was that detailed.

          • Heldronus

            This is Kojima we’re talking about, I wouldn’t be surprised. MGS2 had ice cubes that melted in real time and that was from the only ice bucket that exists in the game.

          • SolRevr

            I did not know that. Doing a MGS2 run on Vita right now so I’ll look out for it.

      • Anime10121

        Whose footprints are the….EW

    • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

      dat realism, amirite?

      I can only imagine how shitty a job it was to program it. Hah.

    • God

      it makes you wonder what will be next… Characters growing and losing hair in real time? Animals moulting in real time? Birds crapping on your head in real time?

      • Diaspora

        Press circle to wipe your goggles—if you don’t, they’ll get clogged with bird poo and become useless.

      • edenknight

        There was actually crapping birds in MGS2 if you disturb them too much. You could also fall when you step on to their poo..

        • Erde

          And get scolded by your support team if you shot too many of them.

        • God

          That’s why i added “in real time”…

      • Anonymoose

        There was a thing in MGS2 where Raiden could give Solid Snake an electric razor and from then on he would be cleanshaven.

    • AndyLC

      Tranq a guard, then park your horse over him

      • Virevolte

        You evil genius.

    • Zer0faith

      And we can see it all happen in glorious 1080p and 60 FPS.
      XD

  • Ren Yuumei

    Horse butthole now at 1080p/60fps

    • Solomon_Kano

      Shit just got real(istic)

    • Go2hell66

      will have to remove the kinect on xbox one or hd poop might cause frame drops

    • GH56734

      As long as it’s not a horse weiner (those things are scary)..
      Erm wait. Disgea already did have one.

      • xeela sunston

        lol wut.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    I always felt that 8th gen needed something to seperater itself from the last gen. This is it people, this the future of gaming! GOTY GOTY GOTY GOTY!

  • Go2hell66

    THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Nanaki

    That header though.
    This alone inspired me to pick up the game.

  • neocatzon

    There is an item called the “phantom cigar,” which is a computer cigar that produces digitalized smoke

    They listened! No more suicidal smoking spartan from day to night.

  • Slickyslacker

    Kojima, making what gamers have truly desired all this time.

  • Solomon_Kano

    New and improved box action!

    All of a sudden, an alarm goes off, and the base is under attack by something. You see all of the soldiers running towards the north end of the base. We’re told that the way you choose to invade certain areas, the people you kill, and especially the people you don’t kill, will all effect who you have rivalries within the game.

    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    Few small things the MG fan in me had to say:

    - eyedroid = iDroid

    - Snake’s already Big Boss by the time he and Ocelot head to Afghanistan, hence “Put those 9 years behind you and return as Big Boss.”

    - those 9 years are time he spent in a coma following Ground Zeroes, per the TPP reveal trailer

    • Guest

      wasn’t it obvious he was already big boss when in Afghanistan?

  • TheGioG

    Big Boss: “Alright Seabiscuit, gonna need you to be REEEAAALLLL quiet. Sneaking past these guards is looking to be-”
    Horse: *poot*
    Guards: ! “Who’s there?!”

    Greatest stealth-action mechanic ever.

    • AndyLC

      *puts cardboard box over poop*

    • God

      Who names their horse seabiscuit?

    • unknowncast

      I still read that with David Hayter’s voice.

  • Arz

    So I take it we’re never gonna see any footage of this demo?

  • SirRichard

    “The horses will poop in real time. No, really—the horses take dumps. That’s a thing.”

    Game of the year.

  • Ying

    The horses actually poop? That’s a fun little detail they added to the game

  • Eric Harris

    If they don’t allow you to turn your horse around and fire poop at enemies, this is a huge missed opportunity.

  • 하세요

    I have no interest in MGS, but that headline got my click. Well played, Siliconera.

    • God

      Beacuse you don’t like it, or beacuse of things you have heard? Sorry to butt in (though, it’s kind of my right as, you know, creator of all), but i have a few friends who didn’t like what they saw/heard of the game, but became instant Kojima worshipers when they actually got around to playing it, so if you haven’t already given one of the games (all of it though, not only the beginning) a shot, you should make a point of trying it out in the near future.

  • Kornelious

    I guess we can’t say they don’t pay mind to the details, it;s the little things that matter y’know lol XD

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Its about time developers stopped wasting resources on jiggle mechanics and focused on what really matters. Poop mechanics.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Reminds me if Digimon, although I forgot what exactly it meant when a Digimon pooped in DW1…

    • AndyLC

      If they poop outside of a toilet, it increases the chances that they digivolve into a giant turd

    • Diaspora

      It meant you sucked at raising Digimon and got a care mistake,

  • http://www.thejaystack.com/ Jon Stachewicz

    He’s done it again

    • God

      He actually made my life exponentialy harder, before i always made a point of never killing no matter what, only using non-lethal weapons and CQC, but now if i let people live they will become my enemies, meaning even more people will atack me, so i will have to kill even more that i would have if i initially just killed everyone, and there are higher chances of my own people dying, so in the end, it’s gonna be impossible to clear the game without killing anyone…
      Damn you Kojima!

      • Mr_SP

        If you kill them, their factions will want to kill you more than if you just left them alive.

        • God

          I know, i already said that…

          • Mr_SP

            No, you didn’t. You said that there was no way to clear the game without lethal force. But if you use lethal force all the time, things are going to get worse, because guards can respawn. So, not killing anyone is still the optimal way to play.

          • God

            I misread what you wrote, and i think “he people you kill, and especially the people you don’t kill, will all effect who you have rivalries within the game.” means that those you left alive will come after you.

          • Mr_SP

            Don’t expect that the factions in the game will be limited. Every MGS game has had infinite reinforcements, so long as an alarm has rung. There’s no reason to assume that the army attacking your base will stop unless you kill the head of the faction, rather than replaceable soldiers.

  • 3PointDecoupage
  • colorblindnightmare

    The best looking game you’ve ever seen? I dunno, Second Son was pretty god damn spectacular. Though of it’s any indicator from ground zeros, that may be a safe claim.

    • Eric Harris

      I played I:SS completely and yes it does look good. But this game looks better. Maybe it has to do with me being more of a fan of nature over urban areas like grand theft auto and infamous.

  • Ty Austin

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we have arrived.

  • PlatinumMad

    Based Kojima

  • http://LevelUpGeneration.blogspot.com/ KALiverin

    Welcome to next gen.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Was there a live demonstration or did people get a chance to play it?

    All I saw this year for The Phantom Pain was a trailer that told us nothing about the gamplay. Last year’s trailer was more meaty.

  • James Enk

    i want to see the gameplay so bad

  • fairysun

    Next update…
    Under the poop is the key-item.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Kaleido-Ruby

      I was wondering when someone would post this JP gem.

    • GH56734

      Nah… that’s hardly a new thing.
      Has been done before in Silent Hill.

  • Naruto

    Was that really necessary…

    • Go2hell66

      Yes!

    • neocatzon

      Absolutely.

  • pokeroi

    Can we use the poop as a distraction tool?

  • Eric Harris

    So, in games a lot of the time they use high res pictures to get the actual color and texture right. . .

  • http://ikari-the-angry-angel.tumblr.com/ The Angry, Random One

    The horses will poop in real time. No, really—the horses take dumps. That’s a thing.

    SOLD.

  • Michael Richardson

    The level of detail in those screenshots is unreal.

  • X_Bacon

    “Big Boss’ betrayal in Snake Eater”

    The Boss*

  • ronin4life

    I….
    ….what?

  • Tom_Phoenix

    “You can expand your base by investing money into it. Anything you retrieve will be available at your base – prisoners, vehicles, even sheep.”

    Clearly, Big Boss had heard of the great destructive power that sheep posses:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRBJbI-oK20

  • J_Joestar

    y’know, thinking about it now, if Poop mechanics starts to really become an important part of games, then Mario can get some more work rather than just playing sports, kart racing, or board games with his friends and enemies.

    • ronin4life

      Would he need his Fludd back?
      …And Luigi could use his Vacuum too.

      That would be a disgusting game.
      >.>

  • http://natenayshun.tumblr.com/ Rikku Ishida

    Oh dat sum real horse shit right der.

  • Kroz

    *horse takes a huge poop*

    we are here, this is next-gen!!!

  • Pinwheel

    Nitpicking time.

    “Big Boss’ betrayal in Snake Eater”
    I believe you’re referring to The Boss, not Big Boss.

    “Snake is tasked by Ocelot to infiltrate
    the soviet army’s main ground forces after 9-years of being “on ice,”
    whatever that meant.”

    He’s referring to Big Boss’s 9 year coma.

  • revenent hell

    So I did read the whole topic and being as I am not MGS die hard fan and know terribly little beyond the few games out of the series I played I have to say…
    They need to implement this real time pooping aspect in EVERY game from here on out. That would be epic to me.

  • The Watcher

    It’ll be funny to throw it at an enemy in their face.

  • Xmas Lopez

    Oh Kojima, that little rascal!

  • Chow

    Nice. Nice.
    Now my life is complete.

  • Desk

    MGSV WISHLIST

    -Horses that poop in real time….Check!

  • thaKingRocka

    It seems to me that Kojima is more concerned with realistic and respectful portrayals of horse poop than he is with realistic, respectful portrayals of women.

  • Kotori Itsuka

    Horses sh*tting in real-time? Holy fak, how revolutionary! Experience sh*t in true HD wity never before seen quality! POOP IS THE FUTUTE! pre-order bonus : some sh*t slapped on the cover.

    This seems kinda fun I wonder if the horse can take a sh*t on an enemy’s face after killing him. Oh, they need to add pissing as well for dogs to mark their territory and fak sum biatches and shiet all over the place! And they need a goat. Definitely a goat. It needs to take a sh*t too. Bæææ *brrlrlrllrl* (I apologize for the bad sh*tting noise)

    but seriously, this looks pretty fun. Imagine riding on the horse and then it randomly sh*ts all over the place.

  • Eric Harris

    Who’s gonna stop the character and just wait there to watch the poop come out? . . . . . . Yeah me neither.

  • makubexnas

    lol cant wait to see ocelot reaction when i make a codec call while staring at horse shit with my binocular.

  • Strawberry Starlet

    This is the crappiest headline I’ve read in a while.

    • Greg

      I see what you did there

  • Ann Weschenfeller

    I really hope enemies can step on them and be like “OH BLOODY HELL IT’S POOP!” then get careless for a moment about it.

    NEXT GEN.

  • Splashatack69

    I’m just proud to be alive today… this made my day. im going to sleep so nothing can ruin it.

  • Hector Velar

    i hope they dont force you to clean it. i got 2 dogs and 2 cats i don’t need any more poop cleaning!

  • Eric Harris

    I was gonna say something funny. But then my horse pooped on my knee.

  • SlickRoach

    This reminds of the realistic fish AI that was a “feature” of COD: BO 2 hahaha

  • Greg

    Horse-pooping?! In real-time?!! I’m SOLD, where do I buy?! :D

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I am actually happy that they went for full realism from the weather to the real time poop. :) – It’s the little things that make all the difference.

  • leingod

    Well… shit :P

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    This will fit perfectly along with the intense amount of torture and rape-scene tape collectibles.

  • Paul Rodriguez

    Good to know. I’d be fuming if my horse didn’t. This is really important to me as a gamer. These details matter.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Granted watching a turd slowly eject from a creature’s butthole is an apt metaphor for how I feel when playing a game by Hideo Kojima, but I can’t help feeling that the time and money Konami spent on this feature cold have instead gone toward something like a new Mystical Ninja game.

  • Freud_Hater

    I would love to see a vlog of the development team’s office in which some guy walks around and asks the programmers how far they are along the development and one of them goes ‘Well, I rendered a few more textures for the horse poop but the higher-ups told me that the poop needed to be nastier, so I’m still working on the poop. Luckily, I’m done with the poop-cycle programming, though right now the horse just poops polygons… Poop’

  • http://alwaysnintendo.com/ Jelani Thompson

    100th comment

  • Greg Skies

    Shit just got real

    • DoctorButler

      Shit just got real-time.

  • Trim Dose

    pooping horses FTW!

    sold.

  • ShadowDivz

    Guard one: Dude you have a cigarette?
    *horse dump*
    Guard two: Sure here– Dude, sick you totally cut one.
    Guard one: *sniff* Gross man, you did and now you’re blaming it on me?
    Guard Two: Me?! It’s obviously yo– You know what? If you’re not gonna be an adult about this, im leaving.
    Guard one: Whatever. i don’t even ca–
    *grabbed by snake*
    Snake: TALK!
    Guard one: Okay, the password is *throat slit* ARGHGSKLFNEG
    Snake: Heh, old habits die hard.

  • unknowncast

    Nobody pointed out Siliconera thinks Afghanistan is next to the Indian ocean?

  • Jason Mounce

    I’m going to hold a soldier up….Back my horse up behind the soldier……Let my horse shit on his head.

    And hope for an actual response.

  • HomerBrannon1

    Off the coast of Afghanistan? Check out a map.

    • Datguy8923

      I know right?

  • Datguy8923

    Afghanistan doesn’t have a coast.

    Lrn2Geography.

  • Nate Barrett
  • http://www.consolewars.com/ Ben Dover Kuntz

    pic of pooping or not happen!

  • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

    I assume the Horse muck has been put in so guards can spot it?

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