The Phantom Pain gets official screens

Mysterious new game with supposed ties to Metal Gear Solid detailed in first wave of official screenshots.

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The Phantom Pain was revealed during the 2012 Video Game Awards, with many suggesting it is in fact not a new game at all, but rather an elaborate tease for a Metal Gear Solid project. The game's first trailer depicted a character bearing a resemblance to Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series, and now developer Moby Dick Studio has released official screens of the game.

The new screenshots are pulled from the trailer and show a one-armed character waking from a coma with no recollection of who he is or what has happened to him.

The Phantom Pain's developer, Moby Dick Studio, is also enshrouded in mystery. The Stockholm, Sweden-based developer's website lists Joakim Mogren as its CEO. This person, however, is not a known figure. And in fact, Joakim is an anagram for Kojima.

NeoGAF has compiled a detailed list of examples as to why The Phantom Pain may be masquerading as a new Metal Gear Solid game.

Discussion

104 comments
lordshodan
lordshodan

I am really looking forward for this...I am pleasantly surprised!  Even more when the official title and premise will be revealed.  I feel that either Solid Snake or one of his clone will appear again in a new Metal Gear Solid game. 

pwoned
pwoned

I heard that the game is coming for only the psp Vita.... " V " means vitta, not five

Hurvl
Hurvl

"The Stockholm, Sweden-based developer's website lists Joakim Mogren as its CEO. This person, however, is not a known figure. And in fact, Joakim is an anagram for Kojima." Whether or not that (conspiracy) theory is correct, it's a really fun one and as such, it doesn't matter if it's true or not. To think that a Japanese person would choose a Swedish name as a smoke screen for what he is really up to, is quite "seen to many movies"-hilarious. As a Swedish person I'm enjoying this theory a lot.

beyond_17
beyond_17

The Phantom Pain is most likely a dream sequence in MGS Ground Zero where Big Boss goes into MGS3 mode circa 1964-1970, halucinating after some injury, BB has always subconciously held the boss's death as a life changer

tgwolf
tgwolf

I sure hope this goes into bold new metaphysical territory, I'm just about starved to death for something like that...seriously, Mask of the Betrayer was, what, four, five years ago?

dragonsama
dragonsama

I was going to say this is Solidus Snake but he is missing is left hand not his right...  hmm....

Void_Kross
Void_Kross

Guys, Kojima likes to mess with us all the time, give us a lot of "hints" so we believe it is something. You know what happens? It isn't what we thought it was. It's still going to be awesome though, I can assure you.

Meteora1991
Meteora1991

could the guy with his face covered with bandages b the same guy whos got a burned face from the ground zeros trailer ??

 

 

Meteora1991
Meteora1991

theres no question about it. its clear people, this is indeed MGS5.

 

Kojima is playing mind games with us.

se007
se007

Evidently it's MGS. This trailer probably cut out from Ground Zeroes.

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

"Stockholm, Sweden"

 

Damn. One more S and it'd like the S3 project. So definitely MGS V :D

Kane04
Kane04

"The Stockholm, Sweden-based developer's website."

 

This isn't by chance either, I'm loving the way the series is heading and the way Kojima plays with his audience, leaving little hints all over the place.

reaper91210
reaper91210

after watching the trailer and doing some thinking... yup kojima is messing with us. the fact that mgs ground zeroes mentions "the two ghosts" (big boss and "scarface") and in this trailer there are 2 guys, one with bandages all over his face and the other who clearly looks like snake with one arm... if i recall in one of the first mgs's for msx there's a codec chatter that mentions big boss loosing his arm in the war... also in the trailer you see a soldier with "fire power" (the fury??) and someone similar to pshyco mantis... yeah this has metal gear written all over it if not, well, it looks like a damn good game to me !

cdog21
cdog21

I was really hoping that this was a new IP, but that feeling seems to be dwindling every day. Nothing wrong with a new MGS, but I just haven't had the desire to play any of the games in the series since Snake Eater.

blazinpuertoroc
blazinpuertoroc

There are constant MG references on their twitter and facebook pages. I think they're legit too because they were posting on it before the release of the trailer. JOAKIM is calling the main character Bolid Bake. I mean come on.

BreEt_
BreEt_

at the end of the trailer there is totally a mantis puppet at the very end right before the game title

evilweav
evilweav

Anagram. Quick Eddie, change it before the masses pull out the pitchforks and torches.

SolidTy
SolidTy

"Joakim is an acronym for Kojima."

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?

!!

 

Huh? You mean ANAGRAM Mr. Gamespot.com writer? Geez.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I can't wait for Kojima's next master piece! :P

izensuske
izensuske

its good game maybe         its good

 

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

Wow. This was an amazingly disturbing trailer. So intense! It looks like Kojima-quality. It seems to share the same art style and animation of the "Metal Gear" games. And the main character certainly resembles Snake from what we can see. But what could it be? A brand new Snake? I mean, the only Snake to loose an arm was Liquid and that was after he was dead. Apart of the "Metal Gear" saga or not, I will definitely keep a look out for this. And one thing that definitely makes me think that this is connected to "Metal Gear" in some way is from a post that I saw on another forum. They brought up the line from the "Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes" trailer: "From 'FOX', two phantoms were born."

alvarokike
alvarokike

Remember that Slogan From the MGS Ground Zeroes Trailer?

 

"Two Phantoms Were Born" 

 

I tell you man, Kojima is playing with our minds

 

And I LIKE IT.

zackcurl
zackcurl

wow, that looks fantastic.  it feels like it really must be related to Ground Zeroes, or the MGS universe.  the lighting and visuals look so similar, and that is undoubtedly Naked Snake.  it looks so much like what the previous Ground Zeroes trailer showed us of the character.  i think it would be a pretty interesting part of Big Boss's history as well, as the time period seems to fit what has looked like the early to mid eighties so far.

Re-Skull
Re-Skull

Phantom pain ... hmhmmm !

all i know is a phantom pain means you feel your limb pains ! until you lost it before !!!

arpit360
arpit360

If this is somehow related to MGS and this guy is actually Snake then that would be an atrocity. First they instantly aged him making him a 60 year old grampa and now they are cutting his limbs and an eye.At this rate u wud find him begging on the streets instead.

NS_Sonic204
NS_Sonic204

...Acronym? Again? I thought the first time it was just a typo. Wow.

vader501st
vader501st

It is Metal Gear. That alone is more than enough reason to fall in love with the game.

archelius
archelius

enough with all the conspiracy bs reveal urself KOJIMA!

Ibra8
Ibra8

Why all these fuckin secrets this is BS

foxrock66
foxrock66

I'll be amazed if this has nothing to do with MGS. It's beyond obvious

Norrie91
Norrie91

 @Meteora1991 The guy with the Bandages isn't the burned guy you can see his face under the bandages and he is NOT burned (or at least not as bad as the Ground Zeroes guy).

I think its Frank Jaeger aka Grey Fox.

Norrie91
Norrie91

 @se007 I'm starting to think "Ground Zeros" and "The Phantom Pain" are both chapters in MGS5, alot of evidence pointing towards that...

Kane04
Kane04

 @fend_oblivion I'm more inclined for it to be  reference of the syndrome, remember at the end of the day you never know who is the bad guy in MGS series, ocelot nd Big Boss where always thought to be badies before MGS3.

Kane04
Kane04

 @Arkhalipso That suit also reminds m of the one from GZ the one Big Boss is wearing, and because this apparently mixes some hallucinations (burning whale) it could be it.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

 @CLOCKWORKIAN No one knows much about Big Boss he could have lost his arm. If you look at images of in Ground Zeroes he is wearing full fingered gloves and at the end on MGS4 he is wearing gloves as well. I believe this takes place before or is Ground Zeroes because the man with bandages around his face maybe the scared man for the Ground Zeroes trailer.  

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

 @zackcurl my only problem is why would they bandage up his eye if he lost it during MGS3. 

kkee
kkee

 @foxrock66 Even though it's certainly a Metal Gear game, it would be one of the greatest cons if it was nothing to do with the franchise. It would outdo his MGS2 Raiden switch.

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

 @BigBossWato True. Since Ocelot had an artificial arm in "MGS4" it appears that anyone could do the same. Though I would be shocked if it turns out that Big Boss had an artificial/robot arm in the 80s. But I'm not going to discuss the probability of fictional technology. However, it is assumed that Big Boss had all his limbs throughout the series at least up to "Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake". When you fight Big Boss in that game and call George Kessler up, he informs you that there was a rumor that Big Boss possibly lost limbs after his fight with Solid Snake in the original "Metal Gear", and that Pettrovich Madnar had to give him mechanical replacements. But I think that is meant more as a joke/reference to Kojima's other game "Snatcher" which involves fighting cybernetic, Terminator-like enemies. Also, Big Boss says that his body was reconstructed from pieces of Liquid and Solidus' corpses in "MGS4", so it would seem that no matter the case, he would not have cybernetic limbs at that time. But the main piece is the illustrated picture of Big Boss after he is burned to near death by Snake. This picture was actually used in "MGS4". He clearly has all his limbs. http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090528073928/metalgear/images/e/e6/Big_Boss_%281999_-_2014%29.jpg     So those are the reasons why I am curious about this guy with the missing arm. They could just write it off as being Big Boss, and I like the idea that the bandaged guy could be the burned guy in the "Ground Zeroes" trailer. But if that is Big Boss, and he did loose his arm, it will be because they retconned it. So, personally, I don't think that's the case. But you never know. Either way, I'm excited to hear more news from both games!