Rewind to August 2012: Konami announced a new Metal Gear Solid with the subtitle Ground Zeroes. The reveal was followed up by that rather lengthy but very pretty trailer that showed off the new Fox Engine. A few months later, during the Spike TV Video Game Awards, a studio that nobody had ever heard of (called Moby Dick Studios) announced a game called The Phantom Pain. It’s trailer was equally impressive, but undeniably mental when it came to the content (whales eating helicopters etc. etc.).
Shortly after The Phantom Pain was revealed, the Internet exploded with conspiracy theories about how the game was actually Metal Gear Solid 5.
Now, during a presentation at GDC, Hideo Kojima and Konami have confirmed that The Phantom Pain is in fact Metal Gear Solid 5 which is in fact also Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. So what was at one point potentially three different games, has become one game. Yep, it’s almost as confusing as most Metal Gear plotlines. It also means that Moby Dick Studios and its rather enigmatic CEO Joakim Mogren, don’t exist. Oh yes, there’s also a new trailer that is basically a mash-up of the original Ground Zeroes trailer and that Phantom Pain trailer; find that after the jump.
Why? Why did Kojima feel the need to do all of this? It’s like the guy got bored, woke up one morning and thought to himself, “Let’s create an elaborate marketing campaign for the next MGS game. Let’s make it so elaborate that I’ll have to set up fake development studios and Twitter accounts to maintain the ruse. People will become so obsessed with the conspiracy theories that soon enough I won’t need to market the game at all! It’ll be a media frenzy of free marketing!”