After nearly a year of teasing, the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain game has been officially confirmed by Konami at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
As many had suspected, The Phantom Pain game revealed during the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, is in fact a new Metal Gear Solid game. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was confirmed by Kojima Productions head Hideo Kojima at a GDC panel.
The game will be made up of two previous hinted games, the Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes, but the latter could be released prior to Metal Gear Solid 5.
“Ground Zeroes is a prologue of MGS V. Nine years after that event will be The Phantom Pain,” explained Kojima, after the GDC reveal.
“Following the success of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, we have extremely high expectations for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain,” said Konami President Tomoyuki Tsuboi in an official press release. “We hope to expand and revolutionise the Metal Gear Solid franchise utilizing the Fox Engine, while providing fans the high-quality and immersive experience they have come to expect from Kojima Productions.”
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will star Snake, who has been in a coma for nine years, with the teaser trailer seeing Snake wake up in a hospital and then having to escape from an unknown enemy.
Having been in a coma for so long, Snake understandably isn’t very steady on his feet, so spends most of his escape and the demonstration at GDC crawling along the floor. Snake is then helped by a man with a bandaged face named Ismael , rumoured to be voiced by Keifer Sutherland.
Described as an open-world game, Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. It has yet to announced whether the game will launch on next-generation consoles like the PS4.
The game was revealed as part of Konami’s demonstration of its Fox Engine that will power the latest installment in the celebrated series.
An official release date has yet to be divulged, as are further details as to what the game’s storyline will entail. In the meantime fans will have to content themselves with the teaser trailer and gameplay demonstration.
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