Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain made a good showing at The Game Awards 2014, but it looks like creator Hideo Kojima may have done more than show off Metal Gear Online.
Metal Gear Solid fans watching the awards show spotted some text on Kojima’s shirt.
According to Reddit, the text in question was “tjugoandra den sjätte” – Swedish for “twenty second the sixth”.
That’s not how Swedes describe dates, but making allowances for a bit of dodgy translation, fans have theorised that the phrase means Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release on June 22, 2015.
This may sound like tinfoil hat territory, but it makes a lot of sense in context: remember, Metal Gear Solid 5 was originally announced as The Phantom Pain, an unrelated title developed by a fictional studio based in Sweden. There’s a lot of Swedish in P.T., the playable teaser used to stealth announce Kojima’s Silent Hills, too.
On the other hand, June 22 is a Monday, which is an unlikely release date for a game in the US. Still, Metal Gear Solid is one of the few franchises big enough to demand a simultaneous, non-Tuesday global launch.
The official word from Konami is that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is coming in 2015, to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
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