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Phantom Pain developer Joakim Mogren appears, covered in bandages

Thursday, 14 March 2013 22:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If Konami really wants us to believe Joakim Mogren and his Swedish studio Moby Dick are real, they’re going to have to do better than front a bloke with his face covered in bandages.

Joakim Mogren, whose first name is a suspiciously perfect anagram of “Kojima”, met with GTTV’s Geoff Keighley for an interview today, as promised.

Keighley, who hosted the Spike Awards where Moby Dick’s The Phantom Pain was announced, posted an Instagram of the man he interviewed. Joakim will also appear in video footage on GTTV later today.

The man’s bandaged face is eerily similar to that of a character who assist the protagonist in The Phantom Pain trailers, which makes it all taste like a marketing stunt, but one thing’s for sure: while Joakim Mogren may be an actor playing a role, the man shown here definitely isn’t Hideo Kojima.

Keighley, who of all journalists would be expected to be in on a joke or stunt if there is one, seems genuinely a bit confused by the whole affair.

“Joakim Mogren was a man I’m pretty sure I’ve not met before. He did show some new images on his iPad,” he tweeted.

“The guy was definitely not Kojima. He legitimately seemed Sweedish. And I’m skeptical if he is actually a game developer,” he added, and when asked whether there was any chance the game is Metal Gear-releated, continued with:

“Definitely still a chance, once you see the interview a bit more will become clear.”

The interview will air at 10:00PM PST.

“It was a weird interview, I’ll tell you that much,” was his parting shot.

The Phantom Pain is very probably a Metal Gear-related project, though, promoted at Spike TV by a distinctly un-Swedish set of Konami staff.

Thanks, Gematsu.

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25 Comments

  1. doa766

    it doens’t matter how convincing this guy is, he’s clearly not the person featured in the original picture

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    Good grief; how far marketing will stretch into reality thanks to Joakim Mogren.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ActionGameKing

    Thank you Hideo Kojima for bringing some excitement back to Game promotion. Hope other developers catch on and try more innovative/unexpected marketing schemes.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    @3 Oh i agree certainly more exciting that way.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KAP

    This getting a little silly now.. Right?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. FeaturePreacher

    Perhaps Kojima is trying to make a point of how biased the press is against him. All he has to do is pretend like he’s not the one behind the game and all of a sudden the press is excited about it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Brenna Hillier

    Updated.

    If he turns out to be really real we’re all going to be kind of disappointed now.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ActionGameKing

    LOL @7. I’m sure it will be mind-bending.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Rosseu

    ^definitely :D

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dark

    http://i.imgur.com/jdXH9xP.jpg

    #10 2 years ago
  11. manamana

    Don’t know what all the fuss is about. It’s clearly MGS V and it’s an old hat: http://www.gamecity.ch/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Phantom-Pain.jpeg

    And Mr.Keighley is really good at playing the clueless media guy anyway. It’s all marketing but hey, at least it’s creative!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SlayerGT

    “Keighley, who of all journalists would be expected to be in on a joke or stunt if there is one, seems genuinely a bit confused by the whole affair.”

    He knows its Metal Gear. He probly just doesn’t know who this guy is. Go back and watch the pre-show before the VGAs. He speaks about the Phantom Pain secretly. I caught it so I’m surprised no one else has.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    Yeah, this is getting rather stupid now.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. lexph3re

    I love this, creative marketing has been awol this gen. When we got butler it was funny, but where is the live action crashes? The fighting mario characters in suits? The creativity has just been gone. The CoD commercial with actors was interesting but was just a good demo reel for actors.

    I liked the Live Action PAS commercials, and the GoWA trailer was great. The deadspace 3 one was really corney though. I really would like to see more commericials embracing the personality of games as opposed to just game footage reel then a companies logo

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dark

    http://www.gamerevolution.com/manifesto/joakim-mogren-is-cliff-bleszinski-not-hideo-kojima-we-think-18103

    if this was real , then lol.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    I’d laugh my ass off if that is true. You can already smell the shitstorm coming.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. dotfaust

    This is fantastic. I’m sure all the strange marketing surrounding “The Phantom Pain” is definitely going to tie into the narrative themes of MGS Ground Zeroes. This seems very similar to how MGS 2′s marketing tied directly into the games theme of information control and manipulation on the net. Definitely gonna check out this interview!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Clupula

    Oh, Kojima, don’t ever change.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. hosseincode

    this is why i love kojima
    i love mystery

    #19 2 years ago
  20. NeoSquall

    I’ve been watching the video and photos of Cliff for half an hour and I’m 80% sure it’s him under the bandages.
    Next step is cutting the bandages from the image and placing them on the photos.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. NeoSquall

    I stand corrected: I found that “Joakim” has a mole on his nose, which Cliff doesn’t have.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Rosseu

    Kojima’s tweet with laptop showing top portion of the Joakim picture:
    https://twitter.com/Kojima_Hideo/status/312416688039673856/photo/1/large

    #22 2 years ago
  23. IL DUCE

    Idk…I wouldn’t be surprised if Kojima went as far to dye his hair, wear blue contacts and learn how to speak with a Swedish seeming accent…anyone else think it could just be Kojima in heavy disguise?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. NeoSquall

    You can’t fake caucasian eye slits if you’re Japanese.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    He’d also need to change his whole face structure.

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s either an employee or a bad actor.

    #25 2 years ago

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    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

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  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

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  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]