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Yes, The Phantom Pain Is Almost Certainly Metal Gear Solid V

Posted by Sammy Barker

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During the early hours of this morning, we hypothesised that The Phantom Pain trailer debuted during the Spike VGAs probably had something to do with Metal Gear Solid. If nothing else, the trailer’s main character shared a striking resemblance to Snake, even down to scars and minor details. It turns out that there’s a lot more evidence than that, though.

For starters, the ‘Phantom’ reference ties into a promotional poster released for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, which notes: “Two Phantoms were born.” In addition, at the start of the trailer, the character has a vision of white petals which mirrors the scene from the conclusion of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Even Volgrin appears to get in on the action.

The biggest hint of all, though, comes in the form of the game’s logo itself. The Phantom Pain text has areas chopped out of it, which provides the perfect space to place the words ‘Metal Gear Solid V’.

Of course, this is all in addition to initial speculation which noted that Moby Dick Studio’s founder – the supposed "developer" of The Phantom Pain – is named Joakim Mogren, an anagram of Kojima. Apparently, Konami representatives were wearing The Phantom Pain t-shirts at the Spike VGAs last night, too.

Whatever the true meaning, one thing’s for certain: Hideo Kojima has not lost his touch.

[via neogaf.com, vg247.com, twitter.com, mobydickstudio.se]

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User Comments (7)

Kage_88

#2

Kage_88 said:

Every time Kojima announces a new MGS, I groan a little and wish Konami would let him make something different...

Then I see the inevitable trailer, and proceed to squeal like a little girl.

First Metal Gear Rising, the Ground Zeroes..and now this! Sweet!

Swiket

#3

Swiket said:

That face and mullet is definitely Snake-like, but the physique is definitely not his. I guess it could be weight loss from the coma.

With this and Dark Souls II announced, I'm excited for video games again.

seeafish

#5

seeafish said:

Kojima and co always amazed me with their mgs announcements. Each one is so elegantly executed, with twists and turns to truly make you excited about the game. I'm a sucker for this.
Regarding the trailer, for me the dead give-away that it was a new mgs was down to the very quick glance of the main character running. CLASSSIC Snake style movement.

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