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"The Phantom Pain" Announced At The VGAs, Is Probably Metal Gear Solid V

Update: YouTube trailer added.


The "The Phantom Pain" logo, with the lines that connect directly with the words "Metal Gear Solid V". No surprise there, then.
The first previously-unannounced game has just been trailer’d over at the Spike Video Game Awards in the shape of “The Phantom Pain”.

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.

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29 Comments
  1. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    I thought it was a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes when I saw the back of this guys head. But the Moby Dick stuff threw me off the MGS trail.

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 03:37.
  2. skibadee
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Moby Dick has something to do with MGS I’m sure of it.

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 04:18.
  3. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Joakim is an anagram of Kojima.

    Despite certain people thinking that’s a real person, it’s clearly a reference to MGS.

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 07:12.
  4. JBoo
    Banned
    Since: Oct 2011

    This comment is hidden.

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 10:06.
    • Bodachi
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      A Metal Gear game is never going to be an exclusive.

      Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 11:03.
      • Taylor Made
        Member
        Since: Oct 2011

        4 is :)

        Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 12:54.
      • Bodachi
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        Well I meant in the future.

        Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 13:22.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      feck off and die.

      Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 14:40.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      Because being exclusive automatically means it will be a decent game. *sarcasm*

      Guys, just ignore the fanboy/troll/the person who most of us ignore.

      Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 18:53.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        There’s a reason you never see a decent comment-conversation involving JBoo…

        Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 20:41.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Is it because of SCEE? :O damn that SCEE! Or was it cats?

        Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 13:03.
    • Blargron
      Member
      Since: Dec 2012

      Haha.

      Not only will the 360 ruin it, it’ll far worst on PS3. :P

      Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 20:57.
  5. Jag
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Also Phantom Pain could be a reference to phantom limb pain amputees sometimes get. Remember Ocelot had his arm chopped off in MGS 1 only to later replace it with Liquid Snakes arm.
    Maybe Liquid is back and he is the Phantom Pain!

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 10:51.
  6. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Sorry for double post, but I’m awake again now and want to add more: I find it hard to believe that an unknown studio can get a VGA reveal like this. It has to be Kojima behind it. It even looks like it’s their new engine. And the guy himself was there! And at the second screen behind the scenes stream, which I watched before the show started they said that some people had already got an early showing of “a cryptic trailer” for an upcoming game, which turned out to be this.

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 10:59.
  7. Haydar
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    I want to start this series so I bought a MSG HD Collection for Vita but i can’t start playing because i don’t know how and where to play the first game. Should i play the first game btw?

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 11:44.
    • Taylor Made
      Member
      Since: Oct 2011

      Metal gear really doesn’t have to make sense, I started out on sons of liberty & from there it made sense. Snake eater is the first MGS then the ps1 version is 2 I think, sons of liberty 3 & it’s more to do with raiden rather than solid snake then mgs4 is all solid snake.

      Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 12:58.
    • tantalus_blank
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      You can download mgs1 from the PSN store which I’m pretty sure will be playable on Vita. The controls are a little clunky but the story makes it worth playing. I recommend starting with mgs2

      Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 16:35.
  8. Chuggy
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    MGS Nerd/Spoiler Alert:

    Look up the ‘Snatcher Project’ on the MGS database/MGS fansites – it will explain an awful lot of what you see in the trailer, and who you see too…. Looks like a prequal to MG2:SS to me :)

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 12:27.
    • Adam Garrett
      Community Manager
      Since: Feb 2009

      Wow, those are some huge similarities to what we’ve seen. I’m really excited to find out what the story is behind this.

      Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 01:27.
      • DuffyBox
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        I am too. I was hesitant at first because it all looks a bit crazy but Kojima does crazy very well…

        Comment posted on 12/12/2012 at 13:55.
  9. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    I don’t see why people are referring this to MGS is it cause the dude at the end looks like snake? And there was no Kojima productions in there what so ever it didn’t look nothing like fix engine. Maybe a new ip that just looks like a clone

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 12:59.
  10. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Looking at the back of the character, he certainly seemed to be Snake.

    But why would they do something like this? They’ve already revealed the next two Metal Gear games with Rising and Ground Zeroes, is The Phantom Pain going to be the THIRD Metal Gear game being worked on at the same time?

    It seems unlikely…

    Either way, this looked fantastic last night.

    Comment posted on 08/12/2012 at 13:11.
    • ProjectJAY
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Rising is surely almost done, it’s out in February. Besides, it’s being developed by Platinum, who we know is a completely different studio ;)

      Maybe Moby Dick is a second team at Kojima Productions? Like how Naughty Dog was working on Uncharted 3 and Last of Us at the same time?

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 19:58.
      • DuffyBox
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        Possibly. The name might be related to that giant whale thing near the end of the trailer.

        Comment posted on 12/12/2012 at 13:56.

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