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The Phantom Pain is Metal Gear Solid 5, developed by Kojima Productions

So, guess Moby Dick Studio wasn't real after all.

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So, guess Moby Dick Studio wasn't real after all. In a new trailer shown at GDC 2013, Hideo Kojima (wrapped in bandages) revealed a new trailer for The Phantom Pain Metal Gear Solid 5--as many suspected. Hideo Kojima revealed that Metal Gear Solid 5 is the combination of both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. In MGS5, Snake wakes up from a nine years-long coma, and must regain his strength to escape the hospital found in TPP's VGA debut. Kojima pointed out that after escaping the hospital, players will have access to the open-world gameplay promised by Ground Zeroes. The real-time demo of the FOX Engine showing off MGS5 gameplay was presented on PC, with an Xbox 360 controller. Update: According to a Konami press release, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is still only announced for PS3 and Xbox 360 only.

Kojima Productions talks up the FOX Engine at GDC

Joining Kojima was Hideki Sasaki, CG art director, Junji Tago, technical director, and Masayuki Suzuki, lighting artist. They proceeded to talk up the capabilities of the engine, showing off a number of real-time demos running on PC. One of the most impressive tricks employed by the KP team was "PhotoScan," which gets incredibly detailed 3D scans from photographs. A clay model of an actor's head was created, and then scanned into the FOX Engine with a level of recreation that earned applause from the audience--especially when revealing the underlying wireframe model.

Kojima Productions talks up the FOX Engine at GDC

Another tool used by the Kojima team was "Marvelous Designer 2," which enables realistic cloth to be rendered. Essentially, it allows modelers have a virtual Ken doll, easily stitching together pieces of cloth onto a mannequin and adjusting by hand. The engine can make realistic wrinkles in real-time, before converting to a high-poly output when finished. While the FOX Engine's incredible lighting adds to the believability of the visuals, it's the extensive attention to the engine's virtual camera that adds a cinematic touch to MGS5. Camera parameters are based on real-world values, with the engine's digital lens able to adjust exposure, focal length, shutter speed, aperture. Concluding the talk, Kojima Productions announced an official Los Angeles-based studio. The logo for Kojima Productions Los Angeles wants to "become the top creative development studio in the world," with a vision towards creating "the highest quality interactive entertainment which brings deep emotional experience."

From The Chatty

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    March 27, 2013 11:09 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, The Phantom Pain is Metal Gear Solid 5, developed by Kojima Productions.

    So, guess Moby Dick Studio wasn't real after all.

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      March 27, 2013 11:11 AM

      You don't say! ;)

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      March 27, 2013 11:15 AM

      At least he confirmed that it was the same game and not 2 different games.

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        March 27, 2013 11:23 AM

        Actually, I believe what it is saying is that while Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are two separate games, that their combined narratives make up the MGS5 experience.

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      March 27, 2013 11:18 AM

      Joakim!!!!!!

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      March 27, 2013 11:41 AM

      http://kotaku.com/metal-gear-solid-v-is-official-fox-vs-xof-update-t-461177345 HD-ish trailer up here for anyone that wants to see

      Looks like they've got a different voice actor for Big Boss. I assume it's because Solid will show up at some point and having two voiced the same would've been weird.

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      March 27, 2013 11:41 AM

      So here's hoping this is released on PC (with or without an XBox 360 controller) as well.

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        March 27, 2013 12:08 PM

        Good luck with that. I was surprised that this wasn't a PS4 game.

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          March 27, 2013 1:20 PM

          Being shown on a PC, with an XBox 360 controller, it shouldn't take a lot of luck.

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            March 27, 2013 2:03 PM

            Konami just sent a press release confirming that MGS5 is still PS3 and Xbox 360-only. Weird, right?

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              March 27, 2013 6:44 PM

              The engine is probably ultimately targeting next-gen hardware as well so it would make sense to have a version that just runs on a PC even if they have no intention to ever release PC games.

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      March 27, 2013 11:54 AM

      The header image on this story makes me think of Kurt Russell.

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      March 27, 2013 12:25 PM

      whoa

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      March 27, 2013 1:27 PM

      Great trailer.

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        March 27, 2013 2:03 PM

        Doesn't really make sense, it could be a ruse so they can put Snake / BB in the same game and not have Hayter voice both, since that would be weird

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          March 27, 2013 2:08 PM

          Metal Gear Solid 5 is another ruse. They're making Half-Life 3 and Solid Snake and Big Boss are both clones of Gordon Freeman.

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          March 27, 2013 2:20 PM

          He's done the voice for big boss in past games though.

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            March 27, 2013 2:36 PM

            right, but in past games it was always Big Boss or Snake, not both in the same game (which could be what happens in this game)

            Pretty sure even in MGS4 he voiced Snake but not Big Boss

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              March 27, 2013 2:43 PM

              I forgot about that spoiler which it seems is correct. My grasp on the whole MGS universe / story line is so bad though as 2 and 4 went way over my head at times.

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            March 27, 2013 2:57 PM

            IIRC he wasn't the voice of big boss in MGS4 was he?

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              March 27, 2013 4:28 PM

              Nah, someone else did that. He was in MGS3.

              I assume they either want to go for someone less cheesy, or it's misdirection (classic Kojima) so that they introduce Solid later on.

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        March 27, 2013 2:06 PM

        :( :( :( :( :(

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        March 27, 2013 4:15 PM

        It isn't snake without the iconic voice. It just isn't. You've gone four + games with him, why the hell would you switch voice actors now?

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        March 27, 2013 4:28 PM

        I haven't read the tweet but any voice that isn't the voice I've heard as Snake would be so weird to me.

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        March 27, 2013 4:51 PM

        Do you know how confusing it would be for him to play Big Boss and Snake? It makes sense if they are going to base this as a remake of MG1/MG2 as most people think.

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        March 27, 2013 5:03 PM

        Goddammit.

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        March 27, 2013 5:57 PM

        That sucks ass

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        March 27, 2013 6:13 PM

        Damn, confirmation: https://twitter.com/geoffkeighley/status/317074209220222976

        Fun 1 hour interview with @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN. Will have it online later this week. He confirmed no Hayter for MGS5 and a lot of other things.

        fuuuuu

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        March 27, 2013 7:13 PM

        Metal... Gear?

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      March 27, 2013 2:17 PM

      Sweet, sounds like Kiefer Sutherland!

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      March 27, 2013 2:20 PM

      So this is Big Boss prior to title upgrade? So we might to get see a young Gray Fox soon? :)

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      March 27, 2013 2:24 PM

      So is Peace Walker worth playing? I have the HD Collection. Really enjoyed the story of 3, not so much the gameplay. Gameplay of PW seems a little better, but an upresed PSP game is a little rough to look at.

      Since MGS5 looks like it is starring Naked Snake, I wonder if I should play PW in between.

      I actually like the MGS3 Naked Snake a lot better than the craze nonsense of MGS2/4 Solid Snake

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        March 27, 2013 2:45 PM

        It is an up-rez'd PSP game but it's also running at 60fps. I can't say if it's worth playing, the levels are so damn small and broken up by loads (fairly short at least) and you don't really need to stealth, you can just run around chucking bad guys to the ground without any penalty or fear of discovery and death.

        The opening of story didn't really grab me either, yet I do like the cutscenes themselves. They're motion comics, but the done in the style of Metal Gear Solid box art / character design. Find them to be more interesting visually than the standard MGS cutscenes.

        I may go back to it eventually to see if it gets better, but right now I dropped it for other games.

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        March 27, 2013 5:49 PM

        Some of the story beats from PW play very much into stuff that was referenced in the old Ground Zeroes trailer, so I'd say give it a whirl, and if you don't like it, maybe just watch an LP.


        http://chipandironicus.com/videos/mgspw/

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          March 28, 2013 4:25 AM

          I've been watching this LP, and it is pretty great. I couldn't tell you about the game, but the LP: yes.

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        March 28, 2013 1:26 PM

        I loved playing Peace Walker on the train and I think it's a very fun game. I loved making a game out of capturing every guard I find via the fulton recovery system.

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      March 27, 2013 2:39 PM

      Are we going to have to hear how much Kojima hates working on Metal Gear Solid games this time as well and how he's never going to make another one again, until they ask him to make Metal Gear Solid 6?

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      March 27, 2013 2:42 PM

      Cool trailer.

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      March 27, 2013 2:58 PM

      SHOCK.

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      March 27, 2013 3:37 PM

      man the announcement trailer is full on banana-crazy-loony town
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw5t45tEPWQ&feature=player_embedded

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      March 27, 2013 5:42 PM

      Shirley Manson!

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      March 27, 2013 7:13 PM

      what the fuck did I just watch?

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      March 27, 2013 11:42 PM

      Most random and confusing I've seen in a long time.

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        March 27, 2013 11:42 PM

        *Most random and confusing TRAILER I've seen in a long time.

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      March 28, 2013 4:18 AM

      WOW, what a twist!