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Metal Gear Solid V is The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes combined, coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Metal Gear Solid V is The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes combined, coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Hideo Kojima revealed today at GDC that yes, as the Internet has suspected for quite some time, The Phantom Pain is indeed Metal Gear Solid V.

The Phantom Pain made its debut during the SpikeTV Video Game Awards last year, and while buzz was high, we were disappointed that all evidence pointed to a bait and switch tactic from Kojima and crew to get us interested in what would ultimately be another Metal Gear Solid game.

Kojima announced the game in very Kojima fashion, appearing on-stage with bandages covering his face, as Wired reported. “'The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes put together is Metal Gear Solid V,' Kojima said after removing the bandages,” the article reads. Ground Zeroes, you may remember, was the title for the next Metal Gear Solid game, initially shown during PAX Prime 2012. Apparently, Metal Gear Solid V will combine the two concepts in some form.

The final game will be open-world, as shown during the PAX Prime demo, which you can watch below:

Sadly, David Hayter - the voice of Solid Snake and Naked Snake/Big Boss since Metal Gear Solid - may not be making an apperance. Destructoid reported Konami didn't even ask him to provide a voice for the game, and Hayter himself tweeted, “Well look, at least I had a good run.”

Few other details have been released, but it was revealed that the game, running on the FOX Engine, will be coming to current-gen systems. That's surprising, given the impressive visuals, and Kotaku has a great breakdown of what the FOX Engine can do. One demo showed how easily Konami could change the feel of the game simply by adjusting the lighting effects.

GamesHQMedia captured the trailer and some game play footage, which has already made its way to YouTube. If you want to see the game in action, check below (note that this was said to be running on a PC, so even if Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can and will run the game, it may not look like this when it ships):