Metal Gear Solid V

Big Boss returns in "Metal Gear Solid V."

"Metal Gear Solid V" is finally confirmed.

Hideo Kojima revealed the fifth major entry in his stealth action series today at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

As many speculated, "V" is indeed the real game behind two recently teased titles: "Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes" and "The Phantom Pain." The latter mysteriously depicted a hospital-set title from Moby Dick Studios, a developer no one knew existed. It turns out the man in that hospital is Big Boss, father to "Solid" protagonist Solid Snake and himself the star of "Metal Gear Solid 3."

Those same scenes from the hospital reappear in the official debut trailer for "Metal Gear Solid V," which tonally alternates between horrifically bleak and positively crazy. Minor-key Garbage ballad "Not Your Kind of People" is the soundtrack to a fiery oil rig shootout, despondent doctors attending to a bloody Big Boss, and what appears to be some kind of fire demon things walking through burning buildings and riding flying horses.

"V" runs on Kojima Productions' tantalizing Fox Engine, which looks designed to render games with uncanny realism on next-generation devices like the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's next home console. I'm guessing we'll see the game for both systems in 2015, and continue guessing at what Kojima could possibly have up his sleeve until then.

Here's the trailer:

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Features editor for The Citizen.