The Phantom Pain screenshots, trailer
posted on 12.10.12 at 06:02 AM EST by (@salromano)
Moby Dick Studio shares first official media.

Moby Dick Studio, or the studio the internet believes is a front for Kojima Productions, has shared the first official screenshots for The Phantom Pain, or the game the internet believes is Metal Gear Solid V.

Interestingly, the screenshots’ dimensions are 960×540. The PS Vita display is 960×544. This would support the belief that the “V” in “Metal Gear Solid V” stands for “Vita,” as the Metal Gear Solid series typically numbers its games with numerals. But that’s just speculation.

View the screenshots at the gallery. Watch a 1080p version of the trailer debuted on Friday below.

  • DrForbidden

    “Interestingly, the screenshots have dimensions of 960 by 540, the same resolution as PlayStation Vita”

    Uhm, Sal, dimensions =/= resolution.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Switched up the wording a bit.

  • manlisten

    The Moby Dick Studio page shows PS3 & XBOX360 logos, but no Vita references anywhere.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

      The Vita cant handle this ..its all in real time this is the Fox engine its a next gen engine built for next gen console and PC games. There is simply to much on screen for a vita to be able to handle this is all in real time.

      • Skerj

        Considering Uncharted Golden Abyss was a launch title and looks about on par with Drake’s Fortune, I’d say the jury’s still out on what the Vita can’t handle.

        • Bloodios

          The screenshots makes it look on par with Drake’s Fortune at most. The actual game runs at sub-qHD resolution, so no, it looks worse than that.

          • Skerj

            Can’t agree with you there mate. Finished the game and there are some pretty amazing looking parts in it, moreso for a handheld title. And again I stress that it was a launch title so things can only improve (if time and effort is put into doing so).

            While I don’t necessarily think that this is a Vita title (as it’s too good to be true) I won’t rule out that the system could handle it.

            • Bloodios

              I know it looks great but I just don’t think it’s on par with Deception’s level… As for the possibility of this being released on the Vita… I also think it’s possible but… don’t expect to run at native resolution…

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    I love my Vita but I can’t imagine it ever being capable of running FOX engine at those quality settings. PS3 and 360 logos further support this argument.

    • Raiyu

      Considering that everything about the website, the developers, the director are fake, why can’t we say the logos aren’t fake? The info surrounding The Phantom Pain could be a huge lie.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      I don’t know. Something about TPP’s visuals seem off to me. Especially when compared to Ground Zeroes, which appears to be miles ahead. Which, next to the whole MGSV thing, tends to lean me more towards the Vita theory.

      • Raiyu

        I agree, to me it doesn’t look as visually impressive as Ground Zeroes, and that was running on PC hardware akin to the PS3.

        Though I’m not saying that The Phantom Pain doesn’t look good.

      • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

        I’m getting more and more intrigued. I’d be the last to complain and heck, MGS4 is still a graphical beast on PS3! PW easily took the graphics crown on PSP as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

      • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

        Took a second look at the trailer and the character models definitely seem to have way fever polys. This is a popular workaround for devs to keep performance stable on PSV (c.f. MK).
        It might even be Kojima’s stress test for the engine on mobile hardware.

      • http://www.last.fm/user/frogjab l1lyone

        Agreed. I looked at GZ screens and noticed the difference in detalization too. Definitely, MGS V(ita)

      • PrinceHeir

        actually look at the radio at the first scene at the hospital bed.

        looks to low quality for some reason.

        anyways while i’ll enjoy this to be a Metal Gear Solid game.

        i want kojima to concentrate more on other things like Zone of the Enders 3(Ender’s Project) Snatcher and Policenauts with Suda 51 as well as collaboration with him along with 5pb.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Obb/100001994017630 Bob Obb

    I think MGS5 will release on every console, including PC and Vita and possibly PS4 with improved graphics. Kojima claims the Fox Engine can scale very well.

  • Aldridge517

    Wow, he has details on the soles of his feet… I don’t know why this is impressive to me, I just feel like I never notice feet in video games

    • xMCXx

      The future of foot fetishists in gaming. xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    So this is running on Kojima’s next gen engine right? the FOX engine? this looks so amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/StarNox70 Nicole DeCambre

    Talk about a poignant trailer. The lighting is magnificent. Wouldn’t expect anything less from Kojima. Looks like that ‘Project Ogre’ thing he kept referencing earlier this year.

    Well, whatever it is, I’m definitely keeping my eyes on it. And if speculation is to be believed, this game just might be the “end all be all” reason I buy a Vita.

    • DrForbidden

      I think that will be true for a lot of people, and Sony knows this. I would be very, very surprised if Sony did not push Kojima at any time to develop a Vita-exclusive MGS game. A Vita-exclusive MGS game is PRECISELY the sort of game that will save the Vita.

  • Bloodios

    Even with the low-res alpha effects and A2C being utilized, I still can’t see anything other than this game being optimized for the PS3. Perhaps switching to bilinear filtering, drop the AA, downgrade the textures, disable V-sync while capping the frame rate at 30fps, and perhaps use shorter draw distance or make the entire game taking place in confined space… yeah, it might just be possible on the Vita.

    Why don’t we have an option change the Vita’s CPU speed while it is plugged in?

  • new_tradition

    So…did I just see a fiery whale engulf something close to the end? O_O

    If this is a MGS game, were there always trippy mindf*ck elements in the series?

    • Bloodios

      Yeah, a flaming winged unicorn and a gigantic flying fire whale are simply too hard to swallow, even in a series that is as crazy as Metal Gear Solid. Snake is either really intoxicated or he’s still stuck in his coma, trying to find a way out by trudging through what seems to be compilation of his worst nightmares.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Just watched the trailer in 1080p.

    I have no idea, if that is running on the Vita, I think it looks very impressive. What does the voice at the end say? V has come true? I can’t tell for sure.

    • AuroraXIII

      V has come to.

      She’s saying he has regained consciousness.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        Thanks. (Long time no see by the way. Good to see you posting again. ^^)

        Gosh, I have so many theories about what exactly is going on in this video. — So many! (Could this all be part of the Les Enfants Terribles project?)

        The only thing that would surprise me would be if this isn’t a Metal Gear game at all. (But that is totally not going to happen)

  • TimesTicking

    I need to know more about this game!!

  • http://twitter.com/gamesreflexoes Celebrinando

    Vita? No way! This is PS3 and 360 for sure. The graphics are amazing, but it is current gen