‘The Phantom Pain’ Screenshots Reveal More ‘Metal Gear’ Connections

1 year ago by  

As if the Phantom Pain and Metal Gear discussion didn’t already have enough fuel for its fire, developer Moby Dick Studio (the potential “shell corporation” for Kojima Productions) has released some new screenshots for MGS fans to uncover every detail from. While the more substantial pieces of evidence gleaned from the trailer — namely the game’s logo — are omitted, there are still closer looks at the game’s protagonist, who bares a striking resemblance to Big Boss.

In the Spike Video Game Awards reveal trailer for The Phantom Pain, players were initially met with a concept that seemed intriguing, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. From there things only became more confusing and also compelling, as eagle-eyed Metal Gear fans began to discover clues suggesting Phantom Pain was actually a sequence from a forthcoming Metal Gear — either Ground Zeroes or Metal Gear Solid 5.

And while these screenshots don’t provide definitive proof, they do feature some of the important imagery that helps prove the Metal Gear connection. For example, the bespectacled doctor in one of the images bares a striking resemblance to Dr. Kio Marv, as seen in the sprite-based image below.

And then there is the screenshot of the car accident, which echoes back to a few tweets from Hideo Kojima in which he claimed his new game was mo-capping a car crash and surgery. Seems like a very big coincidence.

Another interesting thing to note about the screenshots, which come by way of Moby Dick’s official site, is the fact that it boasts 15 images, but the image names skip numbers 14 and 15 and go on to 16 and 17. Our guess is this is either a simple image labeling mistake or images number 14 and 15 are too important, or revealing, to include at this time.

Phantom Pain Screenshots - Character Close Up

To say that all will be revealed in time is giving too much credit to the secretive nature of Kojima Productions, especially when Metal Gear is involved. Although we’d like to see some definitive confirmation on the hoax, the more likely scenario is that fans will simply have to connect the dots all along the way. Hence the high-res screenshots.

Also make sure to check out the Phantom Pain trailer here.

Have you discovered any additional clues from these new The Phantom Pain screenshots? What are some of your favorite theories?

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Source: Moby Dick Studio

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  1. Am I the only one who noticed Psycho Mantis in the upper left hand corner in the last 3 seconds of the trailer? As when the camera pans up from “Snake” to the soldier?

    • I did notice the floating thin person – Psycho Mantis would be a kid about this time wouldn’t he?

    • I think it’s the Sorrow

  2. ok… ill admit it. i was to hard on you guys last article but the connections cant be a coincidence!

    also when the title ‘the phantom pain’ appears on the trailer, before it fully forms it has the lines like alien and prometheus and it spells metal gear solid v. also apparently moby d*** (not sure if this side would recognize it as a swear word)was only registered a month ago

    • Mentioned the logo.

    • Filter evasion win :)

  3. Yeah this is Metal Gear Solid V and I am super stoked – that is clearly Big Boss, the other characters in the trailer I am unsure of but that is clearly him.

    2013 the year of the Metal Gear – Metal Gear Rising in February, Ground Zeroes – possibly?

    Oh and here’s a thought – Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes has been referred to by Kojima as a prologue to “another MGS story”…since Big Boss has his arm in the Ground Zeroes trailer – could this be that story??? I think so.

  4. that fox engine is off the chain! those skin shaders look incredible

  5. Look whatever this may be.. It looks damn interresting

  6. It’s been a long time but didn’t Big Boss have both of his hands at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4?

    • A: They were gloved, meaning that he could have simply changed to a more advanced/hand-like prosthetic (this could be the case even without them being gloved)

      B: Somewhere after the first Metal Gear games, Big Boss was burnt alive, and his remains were later reconstructed with robotic parts, including his arms and legs. This would have carried onto MGS4, I imagine.

      Whether he lost an arm before that point is a doable addition.

  7. I think it’d be hilarious if the Phantom Pain ended up being just a game about a guy who got in a car crash and lost his arm, and all of the MGS red herrings were put in as an elaborate joke.

  8. Me and a friend also noticed in the ground zero trailer it says “two PHANTOM sons wee born” also the characters seem to be all from 3. Boss, volgan, possibly the sorrow or maybe even grey fox. The bandage man even resembles the pain. As for the arm i dont know. but i do know konami replaced all the raiden cutscenes in mgs2. With snake to keep raiden a secret. i believe its possible they did this with the arm or maybe even the giant flaming wale

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