The Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima has announced Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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A mysterious game called The Phantom Pain was revealed during last year’s Spike Video Game Awards, and was said to be developed by an alleged Swedish game studio, Moby Dick Studio. (At the same time many did speculate that it was related to Metal Gear.) And as it turns out, this hoax was just part of the viral marketing à la Hideo Kojima.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes was publicly debuted at the 2012 Penny Arcade Expo. Hideo Kojima now confirms that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes serves as a prologue to the main segment, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. And they seem to be separate games.

The Phantom Pain is currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Although the opening tutorial demoed at GDC was run on PC. (May also be released on next-gen.)

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was, and still is, one of PS3’s most beautiful games. So yes, expectations are high.

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