Hideo Kojima is on stage for his presentation, “Photorealism Through the Eyes of a Fox: The Core of Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes,” at this year’s Game Developers Conference. In a shock to absolutely no one (OK, my 93-year old grandma was probably surprised), the developer opened with the news that “The Phantom Pain” is indeed the fifth Metal Gear Solid game.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was first announced at the 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards, credited to Moby Dick Studio. The Metal Gear touches in the trailer were pretty obvious and Kojima Productions was able to keep the Metal Gear Solid 5/Phantom Pain connection a secret for about an hour before the Internet cracked their code.
What this means for the now fictional Moby Dick Studio and their bandaged CEO, Joakim Mogren, remains to be seen.