Emphasis on “probably”. Remember all the conspiracy theories that cropped up when Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes debuted back in August? Well, clearly all of the rampant speculation has carried over to The Phantom Pain, which is a new game that got announced at last Friday’s Spike TV Video Game Awards.

The Phantom Pain is being developed by a Swedish studio called Moby Dick Studios. The game’s debut trailer poses more questions than it provides answers – literally. The main protagonist wakes up in a hospital with a prosthetic arm. Moments later a bunch of soldiers burst in and start killing people. There’s also a fiery unicorn and a giant whale swallowing a helicopter whole. Yeah, we’re not making that up.

The Internet believes that The Phantom Pain is actually Metal Gear Solid 5 and there are a number of reasons as to why this is the case. For a start, the main character in The Phantom Pain looks a lot like Solid Snake / Naked Snake even though we don’t actually see his face. Then there’s the fact that the character emerges from the hospital only to find himself in an area that looks a lot like the one in the Ground Zeroes reveal trailer.

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That’s not all however, as the CEO of Moby Dick Studios is somebody called Joakim Mogren, and the name “Joakim” is an anagram for Kojima – the creator of the Metal Gear series. Kotaku has also highlighted the fact that “Joakim Mogren’s”  Twitter account has a photoshopped picture of Kojima, but this could be a joke account in response to this online speculation.

Finally, the title screen for The Phantom Pain has a number of extra lines attached to certain letters. If you had to super-impose “Metal Gear Solid” over the title, then those lines would match up. Take a look below to see what we mean.

Click to see moving pictures! Like a video clip, only less impressive.

So, who knows? The Phantom Pain might actually be Metal Gear Solid 5 or, you know, it could be a trippy new action game that’s actually being made by some Swedish dudes. Yeah it’s totally another Metal Gear Solid game.

Source: Polygon & Kotaku