During the 2013 Game Developers Conference last week, Hideo Kojima revealed the next Metal Gear game in the long-running series – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This confirms the months long speculation that The Phantom Pain (announced during the 2012 VGAs) was in fact directly related to the next Metal Gear game.
The trailer shown was running on the new Fox Engine, showing off the amazing graphical capabilities of their new tech. It featured footage from the trailers for both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, along with new footage linking the two together. It’s been confirmed that Ground Zeroes serves as a prequel to the events of The Phantom Pain.
A quick recap of previous events leading to this announcement:
Kojima announced back in 2012 the development of Ground Zeroes as a sequel to Peace Walker, taking place one year after the events of that game. The game was described as having an open-world feel rather than the more linear approach of previous games. The trailer showed Snake infiltrating a base, and featured the XOF, a new enemy that takes obvious inspiration from the infamous Fox Unit.
Back in December during the Spike Video Game Awards, a curious little trailer for a game called The Phantom Pain premiered to an unsuspecting audience. The trailer featured a man awaking from a coma and having to escape the hospital as soldiers and seemingly fantastical beings invade the building. Announced as the first game from a new Swedish-based game developer called Moby Dick Studio, the game looked good – almost too good.
Almost immediately, the internet fired up with rumors and conspiracy theories over The Phantom Pain. Many were suspicious that the game was a brand new Metal Gear Solid game. The supposed CEO of Moby Dick Studio, Joakim Mogrem, looked like an anagram of Hideo Kojima’s name, and seemed to include a reference to Project Ogre, another Kojima Productions game that is currently under development.
Other clues were found in the video as well. A flaming figure of a man seen several times throughout the trailer looked just like Colonel Volgin from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. One of the doctors appeared to be Dr. Kio Marv from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. And of course, the patient featured in the trailer bore a striking resemblance to Snake himself. Not only that, several forums noted that the logo for The Phantom Pain seemed to be hiding “Metal Gear Solid V” in the background. The mounting number of similarities were too many to be considered coincidence.
The new trailer has loads of hints regarding the plot of the game. Snake is seen infiltrating the base from the Ground Zeroes trailer before escaping on a helicopter with a wounded Master Miller. He gets injured and falls into a coma for 9 years. Upon awakening, he discovers that his left arm has been amputated, and soldiers are coming to clear out the hospital. Aided by a bandaged man, Snake is shown struggling to escape, as soldiers and seemingly supernatural beings try to kill him.
Curiously, Snake’s voice sounds different in the trailer. It’s been recently confirmed that David Hayter, who has voiced Snake in every single Metal Gear game, will not be returning for this installment. While many will be upset by this, it makes sense since Richard Doyle voices the much older Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 4, so the change of voice actors seems to acknowledge the fact that Snake is growing older and closer to his Big Boss persona.
Now that the two projects are confirmed to be the same, my excitement has increased even more. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in the near future.