If The Phantom Pain is indeed Metal Gear Solid V how will this work?


“The Phantom Pain” is currently driving the gaming world crazy with its debut at this years Spike VGA 10 accompanied by a high powered mystique; “Weird”, “Confusing”, “Intriguing”, “Amazing”, are some adjectives used to describe the trailer that was showcased. But instead of taking it as a stand alone New IP, many gamers and game journalists alike are speculating that Hideo Kojima is once again up to his ole bag of tricks and teasing ways; that what we just witnessed is actually Metal Gear Solid V (Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain?).

MGS enthusiasts even breaking the trailer down to the core, from pointing out the uncanny resemblance between the bandange-faced man and Solid Snake, (the main character in the Metal Gear Solid series) to the MGS issued medical clothes, to even the broken lines on top of the Phantom Pain logo supposedly when connected displays Metal Gear Solid V —  amongst a slew of other things. Can’t lie, their case could be very believable when you see it through their eyes. But if Phantom Pain is indeed Metal Gear Solid V how will  this work?

With all the “strong” evidence presented to smoke-out Kojima’s antics, somehow the theories that present itself just doesn’t make sense…Follow me for a second.

Is this a next-gen title? I seriously doubt that they would promote a next-gen title at the VGA’s before they even promote a next-gen console, not to mention graphically it doesn’t look next-gen and I seriously doubt that Kojima would release two current-gen console Metal Gear Solid Games (canon) in the same year. So what gives?

Playing with the theory

Look at the mind boggling scenarios that come out of this theory:

So if it’s not next-gen and it’s not released in the same year, does that mean Kojima just tipped off that current consoles will be relevant for at least 2 more years, thus the next-gen will start no earlier than 2014?

If this gen is coming to a close in 2013 is he trying to create history (which is very Kojima like btw albeit still unlikely) by releasing two blockbuster titles from the same studio in the same year?

Likewise if it is next-gen does that mean emphatically new consoles will be hitting the market in 2013?

Putting Everything into Perspective 

As I alluded to earlier, although Phantom Pain looked good it didn’t quite have the graphical detail IMO of a Kojima-led ‘Fox Engine’ produced title for this generation see MGS4 and MGS: Ground Zeroes let alone anything that rivals Next generation. But if Kojima is that determined to trick us he could have easily took the time to dumb down the graphics in order to pull off his master plan, so it still can’t be completely ruled out. Oh that sly fox! (no pun). Would Mr. Kojima go that far? I guess we’ll find out.

As far as the two title in one year theory I think everyone could agree it would indeed make history, especially if the quality is outstanding on both. To put in perspective the magnitude of this feat is like Epic releasing Gears of War 4 and Gears of War 5 in the same year, or Sony Santa Monica releasing God of War Ascension and God of War 4  in the same year, or even Naughty Dog releasing Uncharted 4 and  Uncharted 5 in the same year. In Naughty Dog’s case they split into two teams and still couldn’t/didn’t release another title (The Last of Us) the next year let alone the same year, let alone the same franchise. Even the Call of Duty Franchise, which by industry standards releases at a staggering rate — comes out every year like clockwork; outside of  sports titles, a game of that caliber releasing that often is virtually unheard of. And even for it to release twice in a year would be saying something (btw Call of Duty has two teams too). Throw on top of that a patient Kojima, which history shows leans more to taking his time than pumping out titles — averages about 3.5 to 4 years between releases, then the theory of two Metal Gear Solid’s  (again canon) gracing us in 2013 seems less optimistic.

So what about Kojima hinting, knowingly or unknowingly how close or how far the next-gen is? Now I already mentioned it would be a feat to pull of two Triple A canon releases in the same year by the same studio, but actually to pull off creating a current-gen and next-gen title in the same year is a feat as well, if not more so!

Either way, whether Phantom Pain is the next entry into the MGS series or a new IP the game does look interesting and I can’t wait to see more. It could more likely be another scene in MGS: Ground Zeroes if anything as I would think Kojima would want to finish strong with that title an save MGS5 for next-gen. But at the end of the day we have to be ready to accept that it is what it seemingly promotes itself to be — a new IP.

What are your thoughts? CCU wants to hear from you.

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