Last night’s Spike VGA ceremony didn’t just yield the announcement of Dark Souls II – a trailer for a game called The Phantom Pain was also shown, and a consensus has rapidly formed that it is actually Metal Gear Solid 5.
As is common, NeoGaf has done much of the detective work, and VG247 has rounded it up. The Phantom Pain is apparently in development at Moby Dick Studio, based in Stockholm, Sweden. The studio’s website says it was “founded by CEO Joakim Mogren who after years of working for a major American developer brought together people out of various game studios from around the Scandinavian area to start something new.
“Our goal is to deliver an uncompromising, exciting and touching game experience to people all around the globe.”
Joakim is, of course, an anagram of Kojima. And Mogren? That’s the name of a football club in Montenegro, which is where the opening of upcoming Platinum Games action game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is set.
US freelance journalist Alex Rubens fanned the flames, tweeting from the awards show to say: “There are people in the VIP section of the Konami party wearing Phantom Pain/Moby Dick Studio t-shirts.
“The aren’t talking about anything. And no, they aren’t Swedish.”
All of which would suggest that this may well be a new Metal Gear – though it’s an odd way to go about it given that a straight announcement and trailer would likely garner more attention than this rather oblique approach. Still, we wouldn’t put it past Kojima. Judge for yourself by watching the trailer below before it’s deleted; we’ll bring you official media as soon as it’s available.