The Phantom Pain, a Fox Engine project from Moby Dick Studios (or: almost certainly an elaborate publicity stunt for something Metal Gear Solid related), has received another weird teaser.
Joakim Mogren, the mysterious CEO behind Moby Dick Studios (his name is an anagram of Kojima... coincidentally) uploaded the new teaser as a user video on GameTrailers. The footage depicts CCTV footage of a surgical procedure, while also flashing up the following secret message at 0:41:
AI MATRIX: SECTOR07-A942
VR PROGRAM: PHANTOM_PAIN.MME
CONTRACTOR: MOBY DICK STUDIOS
TREATMENT OF NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE SUSTAINED IN COMBAT SITUATIONS
TREATMENT OF COMBAT RELATED PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS
ENHANCEMENT OF COMBAT ABILITIES FOLLOWING IMPAIRMENT
IMPLEMENTATION OF ..::.|>..::.:
The morse code has been translated by YouTube member AesopsEpisoden, revealing the phrase: "Generating image hold scenario loading hold activate phantom pain dot meme hold error error error error."
It's plausible, then, that The Phantom Pain is just a VR simulation (Phantom_Pain.mme) designed to help soldiers recover from grievous physical and psychological injury. Since Metal Gear Solid is rife with VR simulations, our suspicions that the game is just a publicity stunt for Kojima's next MGS title have never been stronger. We'll find out more at GDC, where both Mogren and Kojima are slated to attend.
What do you make of The Phantom Pain and its MGS connections?