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'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' may feature popular returning character

'Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes' gameplay screen
'Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes' gameplay screen
Photo courtesy of Konami Digital Entertainment, used with permission

Another popular character may be coming back in the upcoming cross-generation video game, "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain." According to a report from Game and Guide on May 13, a fan asked Lori Alan if she will be in the next mainline installment of the series. The voice actress responded by saying "maybe," ending with a smiley face emoticon.

Hardcore fans of the series should be able to recognize Lori Alan as the voice of The Boss, who first appeared in "Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater." Although the character never physically appear in the other games in the series, she still plays a central role towards the overarching plot, especially in "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker" and " Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots." Based on the comments from the voice actress, The Boss could be returning in some form with the upcoming "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain."

The next mainline installment will once again star Naked Snake, who is also known as Big Boss. It is possible that the protagonist could have flashbacks and suffer through several hallucinations involving The Boss. The teaser trailer for the upcoming title may have alluded to her appearances with the flower petals that came from the battle against her student in "Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater."

Hideo Kojima recently hinted that a new trailer is in production for "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain." He revealed that the footage may not be as action-packed, potentially suggesting that it may be more focused towards the story. With E3 2014 coming up next month, fans may not have to wait long to see whether or not The Boss will be featured in the story.

An analyst disclosed that the development of "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" won't be finished until the end of this year at the earliest. The video game is in production for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One high-definition consoles. A screen featuring the prologue from the official Konami Digital Entertainment Facebook page can be viewed with the photo located to the top of this article.