New rumor speculates The Phantom Pain will release on June 22nd 2015

Following a lack of a much anticipated release date at The Game Awards 2014, a new theory has surfaced on the web. During the show, Kojima was wearing a t-shirt with Swedish text (partially obscured by his jacket). It was translated by a reddit user, and says the following: 22nd and the 6th. This could in turn be interpreted as the 22nd day of the 6th month, or in other words, June 22nd.

Kojima-Shirt-The-Game-Awards-2014

The fact that it’s in Swedish could be another hint, since the reveal of The Phantom Pain was through the fake Swedish Moby Dick Studios lead by ‘Joakim Mogren’. Also, a June release date would be pretty plausible, since Metal Gear games have come out in this month before. But keep in mind, this is still just a fan theory, probably sparked by a certain degree of desolation and devastation caused by the lack of a release date. Then again, it’s Kojima we’re talking about here.

Update: The story continues, as anther reddit user suggests an alternative explanation. Ever since the reveal of The Phantom Pain, we have seen many references to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But here is the thing: Moby Dick was the writer’s sixth novel. And the 22nd chapter in the novel is called ‘Merry Christmas’. So that could be all it is: Kojima wishing everyone a merry christmas in a cryptic manner. Or maybe he has something to announce during Kojima Station, as there is an episode planned for christmas day. Time will tell.

Source: Reddit MGS, 2via MGS.be

  • gerber

    Trolljima senpai, y u do dis ; __ ;

    • moto hellogoto

      ,,,

  • Ravenous

    It might just be a fan-theory, but I find it VERY suspicious that a man who spends the majority of his time in Japan happens to be wearing a T-shirt with Swedish (of all things) text at an American show AND used a Swedish company as a ruse with TPP at the very same show a few years back. 😉

    • RoderickThe13

      And a shirt that says 22nd 6th of all things, when he could’ve wear a Metal Gear shirt.

    • Edward Wokhands

      A t-shirt which he got changed into especially for the stage.

  • Fun Fact: That is ParaMedic’s Birthday ! Wanna speculate on that at all?

    • Ravenous

      Well, it might mean something because of her involvement with Frank Jaeger being BB’s most trusted Lt. and Para-Medic’s involvement with the gene therapy project he was subjected to.
      It could also be because of her being one of the founding members of The Patriots, or that she holds a special place in Kojima’s heart, being a movie-buff and all, but all of this still begs the question of WHY Swedish? 😛

      • I am hoping for an appearance from her or at least a mention. She can be involved in the story in so many ways! Maybe we will get some more movie facts and her little reviews I love so much haha I been showing them off on my Let’s Play of Snake Eater.

        Youtube.com/RealestGentlemen

        • Ravenous

          Hehe, the nostalgia 🙂
          Would be cool if she makes some sort of appearance in TPP considering her role in the timeline of the saga, and that se haven’t seen any of her other than MGS3 and PO 🙂

    • decoyF0XX

      A day after my birthday, that would be awesome!

  • Omid Darakeh

    Plz like this page if you are diamond dogs!
    Facebook.com/MGSFIVE

  • Big_Boss88

    Omg O_O…Kojima you clever b*stard. I hope it is true ;), even if the waiting is pretty long.

    But he should tell it to us -___- instead of torturing me arghhh.

    I just hope we see the last trailer at GDC next year and TPP releasing before E3 or right after.

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    Noooo! Too far away!

    • Big_Boss88

      It feels like that at the moment, but months go quite fast in the end. Honestly to me it feels E3 was just a little while ago, when it’s already been 6 months.

      I’ve already got a bunch of nice games from Steam sales to help me with the waiting :).

      • Edward Wokhands

        What games are they? I can’t find any new decent games. I’ve been playing Mario Kart 8 online. I might start Ground Zeroes again. -_- Or play through the whole MGS series. I just got a GTX 970 and can’t find much to play, (other than Dead Rising 3) I just want MGS5!

        • Big_Boss88

          Well there was this sale a little while ago when I bought Borderlands:Pre-Sequel, Batman:Arkham Origins, FF13 and some others. Not to forget all my other games I haven’t been able to finish yet lol ;).

          There is also the superb Christmas sale coming up soon, which will have some great games I hope. Planning to buy Dragon Age and maybe…just maybe AC:Unity some day when it’s fully fixed.

          Watching Netflix makes time go fast too, addicted to stuff like Sons of Anarchy at the moment which is amazing.

          • Edward Wokhands

            Ah yeah, Netflix. I stopped watching SOA when season 4 (or 5?) was still being filmed and just never got back to it. I might start watching that again. There’s still Deadwood too. You should watch that if you haven’t, it’s near Breaking Bad/Sopranos level (for me at least, although it’s nowhere near as dramatic, it’s just pure depth and quality stories and great acting) although you have to give it 2 episodes to get into it.

            You’re right, there a plenty of shows to entertain me in the meantime. There are a few books I should finish too.

            I might try FF13 with the 1080 mod. I need something that will challenge this new card. I’m not using it as much as I should.

          • Hanna-Mari

            Goddamn SOA. Wait, it ends today, does it?

            Edit: song Nuclear reminds me of SOA. I can’t anymore think about MGS while listening that song 🙁

          • Big_Boss88

            I’m actually about to start 6th season :D, but I heard from a friend that 7th season is last and ends this week :(. SOA has become one of the best series I’ve ever seen 😀 and can’t wait to watch it to the end.

            P.S. Yea Nuclear fits really well with SOA too ;).
            SAMCRO rules!

          • Hanna-Mari

            “Whispers in the air tell the tales
            Of the brothers gone” line reminds me of so much about that scene where hightower hits opies head 🙁

            I just ended season six and read spoilers about 7h season, couldnt wait until dvd.

      • decoyF0XX

        6 months?? Time flies wow.

      • im a dot

        bits of me die everytime it gets farther

      • Mini gear

        It felt like 9 years for me

  • moto hellogoto

    new MGS trailer confirmed for june 22 2015.

    Just kidding lol. I think this is the release date. I’m convinced of it actually.

    • teknx

      I think the hold up has to do with the open world testing. Kojima isn’t
      the type to put out a buggy game and apologize later for it (Ubisoft).
      He said he wanted this game to be remembered 10 years from now, and QA
      testing an open world properly takes time.

  • 9Ocelot9

    22 in june, kind of late isnt it?

    • Considering they’re still working on MGO and voice recording for TPP, not really.

      • 9Ocelot9

        around 6 months from here to june, do you think they have that much work still? Last i heard they were in the debugging phase. Damn i cant wait D:!

        • The debugging is probably going to take up a lot of time. And they were still recording dialogue last month.

          https://twitter.com/JunkerHQNet/status/540618636168540161

          • Edward Wokhands

            Ugh, debugging. The most depressing, frustrating and thankless part of making any game.

          • Shalashaska

            I pray they get thru it soon.. man anymore waiting is going to leave my heart torn.. this game…soo goood.. cannot wait..its painful x(
            Honestly, i’d pay for another demo or dlc for GZ.. ive played 100+hrs of gz already

    • Max Colliander
  • jjjixon

    i just want to know where to preorder from, or what magical special edditions there are

  • Big_Boss88

    So PS Experience is starting after 2 hours in Las Vegas I think, but I assume Kojima and MGSV won’t be there :(? I understand it’s for PS Exclusive games or then I’m totally wrong.

    • They aren’t mentioned in the schedule, but maybe Kojima will drop by, he’s already in Vegas after all.

      • Big_Boss88

        Yeah I was thinking while he still is in Vegas, maybe he’ll do a surprise visit in the show :).
        And maybe not all games are mentioned in the schedules.

  • XIFF-5

    Thank god he spoke ENGLISH! He wasn’t bad though , LOL

    • This is still his most entertaining English presentation though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XQ8TQquuHM

      • Big_Boss88

        I rike it :).

      • Cartmangus

        ahahahahah, oh god, I had forgotten that one

      • decoyF0XX

        I knew he understood English but I didn’t know he could speak!! Haha that’s awesome.

      • PrinceHeir

        If anyone’s bad mouthing Kojima’s English. I really would like to see these fools make a Japanese presentation in front of 1,000 people + 100k more online.

        Let’s see if they can even make one sentence.

        • Big_Boss88

          Watashi wa Biggu Bossu, konnichiwa minna san ;D!

      • Le Guy who drowned quiet

        the way he was telling “monsters!!!!monsters in mgs?” was awesome.

      • moto hellogoto

        Why do the japanese have such trouble pronouncing L sounds?

  • Solid

    Will they show something (MGSV or MGO) at PlayStation Experience today ?

    • It’s not in the schedule.

      • Edward Wokhands

        There’s one slot that says “to be confirmed” on it. I’m not expecting it though, I’m just trying to forget that this game exists. Surely the release date is known by now? There have been maybe 3 opportunities to give us it this year. Wow, I sound entitled. I’ll just look forward to Majora’s Mask and The Witcher 3 for now.

        • Big_Boss88

          Yeah, I was really…like REALLY hoping to get a March release date announced Video Game Awards. After reading that Come back early 2015 to reclaim your DLC- thing from GZ. But at least we’re getting a lot of good games at Q1-Q2, so time flies fast I hope :).

          • Edward Wokhands

            This may sound extreme but some other games have almost been ruined by this wait. -_- Sometimes when I’m playing say the new GTA V or The Evil Within my brain starts wandering to “this just isn’t MGS 5 is it?”. And now they’ve showed MGO!

            I honestly don’t care about online games and I missed all the MGO from 4 was it? But this looks incredible, genuinely incredible. Almost every other game, when they show more and more footage of it, reduces the hype. You start to see the flaws and you start to notice how cliche certain parts are. Like Watch Dogs; I went from interested to “ah crap another Ubisoft game” to “oh Jesus this is a mess, it’s actually ruined my day”. The more Metal Gear they’re showing the worse the wait is and the better it looks!

          • Big_Boss88

            “Sometimes when I’m playing say the new GTA V or The Evil Within my brain starts wandering to this just isn’t MGS 5 is it?.”

            This is what I have felt ever since watching E3 2013 trailer. I had many months trouble to enjoy other games lol and then booom came the other epic trailer at last E3. Same thing. While playing some other games I just have hard time to enjoy them, because all I want is TPP really :D.

            But I’m slowly getting back to my normal gaming enjoyment. Still, every time I read something awesome about MGSV, it’s all I want lol XD. When TPP release date is finally approaching, I will play the s*it outta GZ to get prepared for my emotional ride !

            I didn’t get much to play MGO either, because I got my PS3 a bit later. With games it’s all about story, characters, gameplay etc to me. Multiplayer is a great bonus and TPP MGO looks amazing but it’s not in the top reasons to buy it for me.

          • Edward Wokhands

            Hey did you know that one of your comments is in a picture from Konami?

            http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=17018

            Scroll down to the picture where he’s browsing this site at the bottom.

          • Shalashaska

            Yea one of those times you really wish you had a nex gen console to cut the wait.. because there is honestly NOTHING coming out for the x360, man..

        • Big_Boss88

          Also The Witcher 3 is maybe my most anticipated game of Q1, that or Bloodborne.

  • Big_Boss88

    http://www.twitch.tv/playstation
    Here is PS Experience stream if interested, couldn’t find one in youtube. Starting in less than 2 h.

    • Edward Wokhands

      Is Kojima appearing at PS Experience? It’s in Las Vegas too isn’t it? And I think there’s one “tbc” slot on the time table.

      • Big_Boss88

        I’m not sure, I guess he might appear and yes it’s in Las Vegas too. Haven’t noticed anything about it on his twitter account either. Anyway the show is starting soon so we’ll see soon enough :).

        • Edward Wokhands

          Indeed. Even if he doesn’t turn up we have the insane Twitch chatroom to entertain us. The unending stream of nonsensical and brutal comments is hilarious.

          • Big_Boss88

            Lol yea, that twitch chat. 120k dudes spamming it, I can barely read a sentence ;D.

        • Edward Wokhands

          Oh and we at least know we’re getting some Grim Fandango!

  • Aaron

    Man that’s gotta be it!!

  • Edward Wokhands

    I wonder if this Swedish stuff has a connection to the actual story or if it’s just a random troll choice.

    • decoyF0XX

      I’m hoping it connects. The doctor in the hospital in that GDC trailer, his accent, maybe that could be Swedish, maybe they were in Sweden.

      • Ravenous

        Nah, that accent sounds more like an Eastern European accent than swedish to my ears, and I’ve lived close enough to do most of my shopping across the Swedish border for years 😛

        • decoyF0XX

          My bad, I would never be able to tell the difference between European accents heh. Maybe just German and French accents, those are a bit easy to pick out.

  • Fraaancis

    Thats quite suspicious, because before the show he wear same clothes but with white t-shirt.

    • Edward Wokhands

      If that’s true then it pretty much confirms it.

  • Jason Mounce

    I’d be damn happy about that, honestly. It’d mean a whole summer to play it with no life without having to be concerned about school.

  • PrinceHeir

    LMAO

    I called this last Febuary 2014.

    People laughed at me on how that was way too long and not too realistic.

    6 months later it looks like it’s becoming more and more realistic.

    • Big_Boss88

      I was holding to that March hope for quite some time, but have to accept this now :). Actually now that I think about it, June would be a fantastic time for release.

      Because I could keep my 2-3 weeks summer vacation from work at the time when TPP release <3.

      • PrinceHeir

        Agree.

        Reason why i chose June is because of MGS4 release and it’s Summer!

        So more time to play!!!

        • Big_Boss88

          HMmmm -_o…you’re not working for Kojima are you Prince >:O !? How you know this release month :O…or then you see into the future o_O.

          • PrinceHeir

            Nah i’m just an observer XD

            I have a feeling they make make a beta of the online game maybe next Febuary or so.

        • turkishgamer35

          still remember that legendary summer 🙂 mgs4 released june 15 in turkey same day world cup match turkey vs chech republic buy the game come to home everybody watching world cup (it was a great and very suprising match) actually wanna play the game but scared to tell 🙂

  • Big_Boss88

    Hmmm well no TPP stuff at PS Experience today, but was some great stuff nonetheless. I don’t think Kojima will be there tomorrow either :P…I mean there would definitely be info about that lol.

    • PrinceHeir

      You want to team up for MGO clan?

      I think this site should definitely have like MGO community.

      “MGI” is the tag name and we can make a name for ourselves and become the Legendary soldier that is Big Boss 🙂

      • Big_Boss88

        Damn that’s a great idea ;D, yea we should make MGI clan for MGO! We shall crush our enemies!

        • crimsonfox

          I’m down.

      • turkishgamer35

        that would be great my friend olso did you played against that guy he is number 1 in the rankings (both characters) yulia beckham and blue leopard not sure he is a cheater but very good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqo6_FR8cmI

        • LOL YULIA…
          Such a cry baby… Always had AR3 on, can’t even aim xD bad player.
          If you’re looking for good players try Solid007, DS or N00B.

      • glitchbomb

        Yes! I was going to suggest the same thing.

  • 223hzy

    How long has it been this date on gamestop? I thought it was always 12/31. BTW it’s a Tuesday.
    http://www.gamestop.com/ps4/games/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain/115532

    • Mini gear

      I hope GameStop did the best mistake ever and gave us a release date

    • Max Colliander

      My local store Today got the releasedate of 29 march :D<3, probably Kojima announce this at Kojimastation on christmas 😀

  • MichaelPayneV

    I don’t think June 22th is The Phantom Pain release date, but rather MGO release date, here is why.

    If you remember the Fall of 2013, then you remember what happened with GTA V and GTA Online, how GTA V Released on September 17th, and then exactly 2 weeks later on October 2th GTA Online was released

    What has this to do with TPP you may ask, well if you do the math you’ll see that exactly 2 weeks before June 22th is June 8th, which is the Date on which George Orwell’s 1984 Book was released, and if you remember the E3 2014 Trailer, then you remember that it said “COMING 1984”

    Coincidence?

    • Shalashaska

      TPP takes place in 1984. I just thought they were referencing that.

      • MichaelPayneV

        The look on BB face is also identical to 1984 Book Cover.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      its exactly 2 weeks after 8 june 2015.the release of 1984.oh f**k!

  • Max Colliander

    Iam swedish and i can confirm that if we could see the whole shirt it would be “tjugoandra den sjätte”

    tjugoandra = 22th (like in dates, not in counting then we say tjugotvå

    sjätte = 6th (like in dates, not in counting then we say sex)

    tjugoandra den sjätte = is the way to say the 22th in the 6 month.

    So
    Seroulsy ppl, we got a releasedate, for something, MGO or TPP. Kojima
    doesnt have to say a date, he already have. But i hope TPP comes soon
    and MGO 22/6. If u dont believe me, dont be sure u will get the date for
    yes, i think its already public 🙂

    • Edward Wokhands

      I hope you’re right.

  • im a dot

    either the most specific odd shirt ever or a date for something

    • MichaelPayneV

      MGO Release date, exactly 2 weeks after June 8th, just GTA Online.

  • “…probably sparked by a certain degree of desolation and devastation caused by the lack of a release date.” hahahaha.

    it seems plausible though

    • Plausible enough. 😛

  • Ricardo Oe

    This guy loves to play with his fans , is the old sense of humor and his troupe kojima

  • mgsfan17

    If it does release in June that means they’d either announce it officially at GDC or PAX. Fingers crossed!

    • Mini gear

      When are those?

      • Big_Boss88

        Game Developers Conference 2015, March 2-6. I think we get the final trailer with a release date in it, but I just hope it don’t spoil too much of TPP >.<.

        • Mini gear

          It has to be announced then, it’s been so long waiting >_<

      • mgsfan17

        In January and March

    • vic boss

      I don’t think it will be at GDC , because they revealed phantom pain at GDC 2013, but in 2014 they didn’t show anything there. I don’t think they went to GDC 2014. let’s hope for PAX.

      • mgsfan17

        Yeah I was betting more on PAX myself

  • Stormy Rain

    The 22nd chapter of Herman Melville’s 6th novel (Moby Dick) is titled Merry Christmas. Kojima’s shirt was cryptically wishing us a Happy Holiday.

    • daftguy

      Or he give as the release date at christmas as a gift to us 🙂

      • MichaelPayneV

        Or Both.

        • Alex

          He will announce the June 22nd release on Christmas ^_^

  • Shalashaska

    My heart tears everytime this game’s date goes further away.. so many tears.. so many wounds.

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