The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima may have teased a possible release date for his open-world stealth title Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at The Game Awards last night.

Kojima had took to the stage of The Game Awards and revealed the world premiere of The Phantom Pain’s multiplayer mode, called Metal Gear Online, but it seems that the Japanese developer caught the attention of a few people for the T-shirt he was wearing. 

A Reddit user, RezicG, posted on the Metal Gear Solid subreddit that Kojima’s T-shirt featured two dates written in Swedish, and this has fuelled speculation that the launch for The Phantom Pain will be June 22nd, 2015.

“From what I can tell the top line reads “tjogoan”, which is likely to be “22nd”, as the Swedish word for 22nd is “tjugoandra,”” RezicG explained.

“On the bottom line I am able to make out “Den sjätte”, which means “The 6th.”

“Guys. I think we have our release date! June 22nd!”

Although it was rumoured earlier this year that The Phantom Pain would be launching in Q1 of 2015 (specifically February), it seems like that timeframe is very unlikely as Kojima has been busy doing a whole host of recording sessions with actors from the title, including Banjō Ginga (Liquid Snake and Major Zero), Tomokazu Sugita (Kazuhira Miller), Satoshi Mikami (Ocelot), Osamu Saka (Code Talker) and Stefanie Joosten (Quiet). 

Running on Kojima Productions’ Fox Engine, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will launch in 2015 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.