Posted December 8, 2012 by Adam in Announcements

Metal Gear Solid 5 Possibly Teased At The VGA’s

Metal Gear Solid 5 VGA
Metal Gear Solid 5 VGA

It’s perhaps the easiest hoax to call out in history. But last night’s reveal of The Phantom Pain during the Spike Video Game Awards, by unknown developers Moby Dick Studios, has all the hallmarks and indicators that we could be looking at Metal Gear Solid 5.

The teaser video last night showed a man waking up in a hospital with a prosthetic left arm, shortly after he is chased through the hospital by soldiers and havoc erupts around them. With the industrial backing soundtrack, flaming unicorns and a whale crashing through the sky on fire, it’s safe to say that we’re witnessing some form of nightmare or hallucination.

It didn’t take very long for the “new IP” to be debunked as possibly Metal Gear Solid 5. Earlier this year Kojima Productions announced Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. This saw the return of Big Boss and gave us all a glimpse at the incredibly powerful FOX engine.

When questioned as to whether Ground Zeroes was in fact Metal Gear Solid 5, Kojima’s response was, “We’re not going to say that it’s Metal Gear Solid 5, but it is a prologue”.

So what else makes this MGS 5?

  • The main character looks strikingly similar to that of the Snakes, right down to the scar tissue underneath his right eye that was first introduced in the teaser image for Ground Zeroes.

  • Accompanying that teaser image was the tag line “”From FOX, two phantoms were born. Presumably one is accounted for in Ground Zeroes, and the other in this new title.
  • Head over to Moby Dick Studios website and it’s completely devoid of any content. The listed CEO of the company is Joakim Mogren. Joakim being an anagram of Kojima.
  • It was revealed on Twitter that members in the Konami VIP party at the VGAs last night were wearing Moby Dick Studio T-Shirts.
  • The engine in The Phantom Pain looks similar to the confirmed FOX engine that was shown in the Ground Zeroes game play footage earlier this year.
  • One screengrab reveals a character very similar to that of Volgin from Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater.

All in all, it’s safe to say that Kojima loves to keep people guessing, but leaves enough breadcrumbs out for people to arrive at a sensible conclusion. Those familiar with the massively complex Metal Gear timeline are now trying to work out exactly where this next game could fit in given what we’ve seen so far.


Playing games since I'd developed enough motor functions to hold a joystick. From Commodore 64 all the way through to the latest gen. Favourite games to play are FPS games and anything with a deep and compelling story and a world that draws you in. I also enjoy writing, film making and playing bass in whatever band will have me :)