The secrets, lies, and misdirection surrounding The Phantom Pain might be resolved sooner than we think — or at least that’s what a recent tease from popular Japanese magazine Famitsu suggests. According to the trade, the next issue of will feature “something surprising for Metal Gear Solid fans.”

Now this doesn’t necessarily mean the whole cloak and dagger operation behind The Phantom Pain, and its developer Moby Dick Studio, will be revealed, but that seems likely given the state of things. It’s only been about a week since the reveal at the VGAs but already the MGS fan speculation has run rampant with theories and clever detective work.

However, amidst all the speculation not one member of Moby Dick, or the game’s publisher Konami, has come forward to say anything about The Phantom Pain. Which leads us to believe this is all part of some elaborate plan — one that would start with a cryptic trailer, led to fan theories, and culminate in a Famitsu reveal.

Obviously, there’s still a Metal Gear Solid title in development as we speak — Ground Zeroes — but it’s starting to seem like even that is part of some elaborate plan created by Kojima Productions.

All should be revealed regarding this Metal Gear Solid surprise some time next week, as that is when the new issue of Famitsu is said to hit magazine shelves. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if in the coming days a slow build-up of cryptic details started appearing in preparation for the reveal.

All we know at this point is that a trailer for something called The Phantom Pain features imagery, and potentially characters, that are oddly reminiscent of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Moreover, its developer Moby Dick is barely even a functioning studio, and its appearance at the VGAs suggests it’s something bigger than a new IP.

Is it possible that the reveal will be something regarding Ground Zeroes and not a confirmation of Phantom Pain‘s MGS roots? Sure, but that would be a little anticlimactic considering the speculation that’s been flying around the Net these past few days. No matter what it is, we hope it delivers some answers.

What do you hope will come out of the Famitsu article? Is it too early to blow the lid off The Phantom Pain?

Source: Gamenohanashi