The "The Phantom Pain" logo, with the lines that connect directly with the words "Metal Gear Solid V". No surprise there, then.
The long trailer, punctuated by rhetorical questions on-screen, showed a man waking up in a period-looking hospital with a hook for a hand after an apparently very long coma.
Oh, and he can barely walk. What follows is a freaky looking creature at the end of a corridor, a whole bunch of other patients with various ailments, and a menacing-looking army. Did I mention that at the end, a giant flaming whale flies through the air and eats a helicopter?
Now here where it gets interesting. The only details we have are that what was shown was 100% gameplay, and that “Moby Dick Studio” is somehow involved. There’s no publisher or platform details, or even any recognisable names at all.
Moby Dick’s website has barely any details, except that the studio’s “goal is to deliver an uncompromising, exciting and touching game experience to people all around the globe.” Trailer and image gallery tabs are empty, but the site does include PS3 and Xbox 360 logos in the footer, and given that The Phantom Pain is the only game associated with them, it’s safe to say that it will be coming to current-gen platforms.
Now there may be more to “The Phantom Pain” – the character in the video does look from the back and side ever-so-slightly like Metal Gear’s Snake, and the trailer seemed to almost deliberately not showing the character’s face. I’m not claiming some conspiracy here, but Kojima is well-known for not being entirely forthcoming, so don’t be surprised if there is some kind of connection. I mean, the founder of Moby Dick Studio is listed as Joakim Mogren – Kojima, Project Mogren, anyone?
And this? Looks like MGS V to us.
For now though – conspiracy theories aside – The Phantom Pain looks like it could be something interesting to keep an eye out for. The trailer itself has yet to surface officially online, but you can watch it at about 10m45s here.