Among the bigger reveals at this weekend's Spike Videogame Awards was The Phantom Pain, an ostensibly new IP for Xbox 360 and PS3 that's abundant in prosthetic limbs, blood-spattered hospital corridors and giant, burning whales. I say "ostensibly", because wiser (or at least, nerdier) heads than mine have decreed that the new game is, in fact, Metal Gear Solid 5 wearing a sexy viral marketing dress.
There's a fair bit of evidence for this. The game is the work of an obscure Scandanavian developer, Moby Dick Studios (that would explain the whale, then), which is run by one "Joakim Mogren" - an anagram of Hideo Kojima that also calls to mind the latter's mysterious Project Ogre. "Phantom", meanwhile, could be a reference to a line from the debut Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes trailer: "from Fox, two phantoms were born". Neither Kojima, Konami or Moby Dick Studios (which doesn't currently operate a Twitter feed or Facebook page) are available for comment at the time of writing. You can probably expect that state of affairs to continue.