Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the highly anticipated, open world action-adventure stealth video game from Japanese developer Kojima Productions (with the much-beloved creator Hideo Kojima in the director's chair). Since Hideo released his prelude to Phantom Pain via Ground Zeroes in 2014, fans of the franchise have been clamoring for the next proper title to feature the mainstay, playable protagonist Punished "Venom" Snake.
After countless iterations of the series on multiple consoles over the years, since the title debuted on the NES in 1987, longtime players are likely to be in a state of tremendous anticipation at this point, and the launch trailer just recently released by Kojima Productions is likely to send many viewers into fits consisting of varying degrees of shock and awe.
In the video above, devoted Metal Gear aficionados are treated to a trip down memory lane over the course of the first three minutes of a five-minute-long trailer. Featuring footage from each and every subsequent release in the series, Hideo decidedly dotes on his fans in a love letter to "Snake" and the world that his company has created with what has become the tactical-espionage hit of the past 20-plus years within the gaming industry.
In addition to the footage teased in the trailer's final two minutes, Phantom Pain is also reported to include a companion app similar to the one released alongside Ground Zeroes, though it will only be available to console players. The supported content will afford its console players the opportunity to remotely connect with the main game and bring up schematics detailing specific areas on their smart phones while playing, and thus serving as a second in-game map that will reveal more than the primary one does during play. The app will also allow fans to listen to all of the records and music obtained during the course of the main campaign as the player progresses.
After the very public falling out between Hideo and the game's publisher Konami, it will be nice to finally see the post-production dust settle surrounding the latest playable title from both parties and finally be able to play the game itself. And following the enticing gameplay experience offered by Ground Zeroes last year, the fifth sequel to the ground-breaking IP is not likely to disappoint.
Come September 2015, "Snake" will likely be at the center of a large number of tactical espionage operations around the world, with Kojima Productions and Konami set for what might very well be the gaming event of the entire year.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be available to purchase from all participating retailers in the U.S. on September 1st, 2015, on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Steam.