Dark Souls 2 wasn’t the only big surprise over the weekend at the 2012 VGAs in Los Angeles. A new IP by the name of Phantom Pain was introduced, a game that is getting everyone talking at the moment. An unknown developer touted as Moby Dick Studios is thought to be behind the new action title, but fans are convinced that there appears to be more than meets the eye behind the scenes. More specifically, many believe that Phantom Pain is none other than Metal Gear Solid 5 in disguise.
If you watched the trailer live at the event, you wouldn’t be a fool to think that this was the work of Hideo Kojima, unveiling a brand new game to the world as part of his secretive Project Ogre plans. While many were expecting to see Konami, Metal Gear Solid and Kojima Productions towards the end of the trailer, we instead saw a game called Phantom Pain, with no platforms announced and no apparent publisher behind the game either.
Alarm bells were immediately raised and detective work began on the likes of Neogaf. Inevitably, it looks like Hideo Kojima’s plans to keep Phantom Pain in its current disguise have failed at the first hurdle, as there are more than a few pieces of evidence which suggest that the game is definitely a new Metal Gear Solid title in the works.
You only have to look at the apparent CEO of Moby Dick Studios, who has been listed as Joakim Mogren. Look closely at his first name, and you’ll see that Joakim is actually an anagram of Kojima. Look closely even more and you’ll see that Mogren contains the word Ogre, which could be a reference to ‘Project Ogre’.
There are other clear cut references to Metal Gear in the Phantom Pain trailer itself – look out for a sinister looking character engulfed in flames who suspiciously looks like Volgin from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The protagonist in the trailer himself bears a resemblance to Big Boss, while the doctor shown has also been identified as Kio Marv – a character who appeared in MSX2 classic Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.
Has Kojima already been rumbled with all of this mounting evidence, or did he intend to reveal Metal Gear Solid 5 in this way anyway to die hard veterans of the franchise who would be able to put the pieces together? Either way, it is looking like another exciting chapter in the Metal Gear Solid universe and it looks like it may have close ties with Ground Zeroes.
It can’t be a next-gen title looking at these graphics, can it? Let us know your initial impressions of Phantom Pain and if you believe the strong rumors that this is Metal Gear Solid 5 that we’re looking at.