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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain  is an upcoming open world action-adventure stealth video game developed by Kojima Productions and directed, co-produced and co-written by Hideo Kojima, currently in development for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game will serve as a continuation of the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and will carry over the same tagline of Tactical Espionage Operations first used in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Set in 1984, the game follows the mercenary leader Venom Snake as he ventures into Africa and Afghanistan during the Soviet war to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces during the events of Ground Zeroes.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a separated composite of two previously announced Kojima Productions projects, the both of which formed a complex deception. The first was Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, originally revealed in a Fox Engine tech demo shown at the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Party on August 30, 2012. The second was The Phantom Pain, a trailer at the Spike TV Video Game Awards on December 7, 2012, presented as an original title by fictional developer Moby Dick Studios, with the Metal Gear Solid V logo virtually obscured. On March 27, 2013, the true nature of these two projects was revealed at the Game Developers Conference, where Kojima announced that Ground Zeroes serves as a prologue to The Phantom Pain and these two titles form one combined work, to be released separately.

Kojima’s latest cinematic trailer introduces Venom Snake amidst the human stuggles of the battlefield.

While the official trailer announcing the game was running on a PC, the game will be released for the seventh and eighth generations of video game consoles. In an interview during E3 2013, when asked about a PC release Kojima stated “We are making it“, and it will be on par with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. However, he made it clear that the PC port is not their top priority at the moment. Kojima confirmed that the visuals seen in the trailer will look close to those in the final game. He also stated that he would like Metal Gear Solid V to be his final Metal Gear game, noting that unlike previous titles where he had announced that he had finished making games in the series, only to return for subsequent games, his involvement with the franchise will be truly over this time around. Although the trailer had Snake suffering from hallucinations in the form of a flaming whale, Kojima assured that there will be a balance in realism. Kojima later revealed that The Phantom Pain was initially presented as an independent game so as to assess the public and industry response to the Fox Engine, as he felt that announcing the game as part of Metal Gear Solid V would bias reactions to the engine.

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