Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima is, if nothing else, eccentric to a fault. Ever since he trolled fans by making Raiden the true protagonist of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty in lieu of series mainstay Solid Snake, Kojima has relied on mysterious, cryptic misdirection to keep fans in the dark about his games.
So when he announced both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and the mysterious Phantom Pain in 2012, fans began to speculate that Phantom Pain was actually a fifth Metal Gear Solid game. Turns out, they were partially right, as Kojima revealed during his Game Developer Conference 2013 panel today that Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are both the same game: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, as reported by GamesBeat and CVG.com.
The game takes place right after Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, with an attack on Naked Snake’s PMC headquarters leaving him short one arm and stuck in a coma for 9 years. MGSV will run on Kojima’s FOX Engine, which is purportedly capable of photo-realistic visuals. A trailer is now available on YouTube.