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Hideo Kojima Takes the Bandages off Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Posted by Sammy Barker

Doing things differently

Wrapped in bandages like his fake accomplice Joakim Mogren, slightly bonkers video game luminary Hideo Kojima confirmed during his GDC 2013 keynote earlier today that The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes are actually, well, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. How did you possibly guess? Could it be because the connection’s been rumoured for the past few months?

The Phantom Pain was originally announced during the Spike VGAs, prompting a slew of rumours regarding the title’s ties to Hideo Kojima. But a feature length trailer confirmed the link this evening, with the developer revealing that, much like Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is an open world game.

The title stars a Snake – or is that Big Boss? – who's been in a coma for a whopping nine years. Kojima played the opening section from the release, in which the protagonist tries to escape from hospital alongside a fellow named Ishmael, who sounds like he's voiced by Kiefer Sutherland. From what we understand, legendary voice actor David Hayter will not be reprising his role this time, but nothing is concrete yet. [Update: Hayter's confirmed that he's not involved with the project.]

Hallucinations seemed to play a big part in the demo, as Snake spies a woman who resembles famous antagonist Psycho Mantis and a threatening man who appears to self combust. It's unclear whether the whole scene was merely a dream, or if the character is still suffering from the effects of his coma. Considering the history of the series, we suppose that anything's possible.

From a gameplay perspective, though, there's not a lot to talk about. Kojima explained that the section forms the adventure's tutorial, which is perhaps why you spend the majority of it pushing forward to make Snake crawl. Interestingly, the developer confirmed that the gameplay sequence was being powered by a PC – but we spotted a PlayStation 3 logo during the title's trailer. As such, it's safe to assume that the game will release on Sony's current flagship console. However, considering the quality of the visuals, we wouldn't rule out a PlayStation 4 port.

We've included the trailer and the first gameplay footage in the space below. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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User Comments (19)



ShogunRok said:

So I'm guessing this will be cross-generation? I can't see the Fox Engine reaching its potential on current consoles.



FullbringIchigo said:

wait no David Hayter.....well as long as the new voice isn't to different it should be ok (yeah i haven't heard it yet)



get2sammyb said:

I added in the gameplay footage and made some tweaks to the article. Game looks really exciting, but I don't believe that it's a PS3 game. It certainly won't look as good as that on current consoles, anyway.



belmont said:

So Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain are one and only game?

Edit: I think it is Big Boss in the trailer. There seems to be someone like Kaz and the Peace Walker Base.



ThreadShadow said:

Interesting. I think I like the name Ground Zeros better then Phantom Pain, but it doesn't matter.

The voice does sound like Kiefer Southerland. It's really a shame if David doesn't do the voice again.

I'm waiting to pick up Peacewalker HD for PS3 before I continue the series.



turtlelink said:

So excited! And yea, it's Big Boss. Kaz was in it. Plus it can't be Solid if David Hayter isn't in it.



Gamer83 said:

There has to be a PS4 version in the works. I'm hoping Sony is maybe holding off on that news for now so it can announce it at E3.



ShogunRok said:

@Gamer83 Chances are we're gonna see Sony announce a bunch of PS3 games yet to release that will also be on PS4. We already know Watch_Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4 are coming to both consoles, and I can't see them being the last.

Metal Gear Solid V and Battlefield 4 will surely be on PS4. The next Call of Duty has to be as well. Maybe even GTAV? I'd say it's easily possible. Any game that hits the PS3 and not the PS4 is missing a trick, besides PS3 exclusives like The Last of Us.



3Above said:

There's been alot of trickery heading into this new generation. This is the 1st time in my memory that a game was announced as 2 separate games and on systems they look too good to run on.



Valky said:

@ShogunRok I also think that they will talk about this cross gen thing, the FOX Engine is way beyond what the current gen can hold on.



brendon987 said:

Joystiq are now reporting that Ground Zeros, Phantom Pain are separate games. So maybe there hope for Vita yet.

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