Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain magazine covers revealed (possible spoilers)

In just a few days time, the embargo for the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain previews will end, and we will be getting a lot of new impressions on the highly anticipated title. Both Xbox: The Official Magazine and Official PlayStation Magazine in the UK have featured the game on the cover for their next issue. Xbox: The Official Magazine shows a brand new artwork on the front, but be warned: it provides a clear look at the new Metal Gear, which may be considered a spoiler.

“Was a pleasure to design this cover! If you like this, wait until you see our subscriber cover and 16 page feature in OPM UK.” (Milford Coppock, OPM Managing Art Editor)

Official PlayStation Magazine: In a world first, OPM spends two full days with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for the ultimate hands-on verdict. Our 16-page feature is packed with gameplay impressions, mission revelations and secrets (you’ll never guess what we managed to get up to with that famous cardboard box) – and is essential reading for any MGS and action-adventure fan. No magazine brings you more on Metal Gear than OPM.

On this cover you can also see the ‘Man on Fire’ in a less burned state, once again making it clear that he is Volgin from Metal Gear Solid 3, as he’s wearing the exact same outfit. On the bottom of the image various vehicles can be seen: tanks, jeeps, and the bipedal mech Snake will be able to take with him on his missions.

Here is another look at this artwork from the subscription cover of OPM:


Source: MGN 1,2, Reddit,


  • ddmaster

    Gotta say….that metal gear is lookin good. Hopefully we’ll be able to give it a highly detailed custom color scheme. Here’s to going out in Red Baron style, all bright red.

  • MAG V Supreme

    I seen that earlier on twitter and asked when and where can i get one. No one answered. Any clue guys?

    • Check out the link below the OPM cover. The Xbox Magazine can be bought on the same website.

      • MAG V Supreme

        Nice thanks, but i hope you can read through it and post a none spoiler version. Dont worry i dont charge for my great ideas. Thanks if you do.

  • solidsnack

    damn i’m gonna pick both these up just for the historic merch man – p.s. that art would make a beautiful poster

  • Big Fox

    and Metal Gear Rex

  • decoyF0XX

    Holy cow!! Volgin is really back!??? And I love that artwork, very 80s-esque.

  • Cobra

    I really like the artwork on the Xbox magazine, a pretty neat pastiche of late ’80s action movie posters (Rambo III and Red Scorpion immediately spring to mind). Anyone have any idea who the artist is?

  • Everyone get in here.

    I spent a minute wondering why Ocelot wasn’t on that second cover, then finally located him behind the G.

    • JoJo

      That is a brilliantly underrated post.

    • The article has been updated with a new photo from the OPM subscription cover, that does give Ocelot the attention he deserves. 😛

    • Melyssa

      Thanks for making me choke on my breakfast!

  • CR7HarisSnake

    It would be great if we could have flashbacks from time to time in the game and play in snakes dreams because he sadly suffers under posttraumatic dunno what (Burned Volgin), but lets see how the Burned Man fits into the storyline. 🙂

    • Mini gear

      I want volgin to be more then hospital scene, he’s so cool being from bb’s past

      • CR7HarisSnake

        Yes, that definetly would be dope. I hope that Eva is back, and i want to see Frank Jaeger. 😀

  • JoJo

    Xbox mag has a way better cover, but as a PS4 boy I definitely want to read why MGSV is “best on PS4”.

    • Georges

      Glennacus ‏@theglennsta 20h20 hours ago
      @OPM_UK Woohoo! It’s here. Loving the subscription cover this month.

      • Enrique Gaspar

        Men, do you have in your hands that magazine, please tell me what info have inside!!!!!.

        • I’m downloading a PDF version, i will extract the 16 pages soon.

    • Jak

      We already know the main difference-the Xbone uses the same skybox as the 360 and PS3, ps4 has a much more realistic sky (this is in GZ).


    why couldn’t this have been the box art? it’s actually dynamic and interesting.

    • Jak

      American box art is always terrible.

  • Boldizar

    Why are we using Metal Gear Rex still?? At this point all Otacon did was create a subpar version of mechs his dad helped build.

    • Jak

      Because this is a prequel?

    • Zlatan

      its not yet been said that this is rex. although it does look like him. i would personally be very dissapointed if it would be rex, cause, as you mentioned, it would mean otacon just updated it. i would prefer it much more if it would be a metal gear were rex got a lot of inspiration from. otherwise kojima would have changed quite a big piece in the mgs history. i would feel sorry for that. well, we’ll see

      • It’s not REX, it’s more like a precursor. Probably the new version of ZEKE.

        • Boldizar

          I understand it isn’t “REX” but look at it… it IS rex. The lack of 1) Reference to the original Metal Gear from MSX or 2)Lack of any logical tech transition is some really bad oversight (just like including Huey in this game at all).

      • Boldizar

        He already changed it. We should be seeing the MSX style Metal Gear. I know this isn’t the REX unit but it looks exactly the same. I don’t expect it to change as they already ruined it with ZEKE… which was really just a more advanced REX unit.

  • Tong Ninja

    XD Skull Face looks weird on the cover.
    No Huey, Eli and Code Talker on the cover page either….
    Eli and Code Talker are really being kept under wraps haha.

    • WhatTheJuicay

      Skull face looks like Killer Croc on this cover.

  • Gatsu

    Omg that looks good, it reminds me of those 80’s movie posters because of the way the characters are placed. I will definitely buy this ps4 mag :D.

    Cant wait to read the previews :), and to be honest I dont care if they spoil something. I just need my dose of TPP epicness …so bring it on. Im nuclear and hyped!

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      BRING IT ON!

    • Shalashaska

      volgin. alot. fire. bring it out. kuwabara KUWABARA

  • David

    nice cover! I photoshop it from the cover, hope you like it 🙂

    • Plissken

      Reminds me a little of Noriyoshi Ohrai’s posters for MGS. I wish we would’ve gotten a MGS4, PW and MGSV versions by him

  • Kojimatroll


  • That metal gear looks so good.

  • Sn4ke_911

    It’s been a while since we’ve seen Kojima this happy.

    Awesome you go Kojima! 😀


    • Gatsu

      Thanks for sharing Sn4ke ^___^, it makes me happy seeing Kojima happy! Awesome that he got to meet Miller!

    • Tong Ninja

      Ah, so Kazuhira Miller got his last name inspired from George Miller himself haha 😀

      • Venom_Snake_BB

        Miller and Big Boss in a one photo 😀

  • Tanooki

    Uh, could the “burning man” be any more obvious? Look at his outfit!

    • When Square Enix posted a picture of the figure, with ‘Volgin’ in the description.

      • glitchbomb


  • Braden Gunn

    Someone make this into a poster

  • Venom_Snake_BB

    Looks like metal gear is customizable again. The head of rex,railgun of rex, spider style legs and a HAND on the right side??(If it is customizable it means no spoiler on metal gear 🙂 )

    • Also looks like it has a skull painted on the cockpit.

      • Jak

        Was gonna say, I think that’s the most pertinent detail, suggests who it belongs to.

        (At least at the outset)

      • Venom_Snake_BB

        Oh good point i didn’t recognize that, it makes my hype bigger (thats what she said) and bigger that little details make the game a masterpiece.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      I think it belongs to skull face.(he wanted to say that)

      • Melyssa

        If it belongs to him, it makes sense to paint a skull on it.

  • Golgari

    Customization confirmed, no? I like new Metal Gear with sexy Skull paint on the front. Niiiice!

  • Snake

    anyone have the pdf file for down on this magazine plzzz? this magazine don’t sell on my country so sad 🙁 I want to see

    • Jak

      Maybe after it actually comes out :p

      • Snake

        that’s nice thanks

  • PrinceHeir

    Love the cover!

  • Samtheman


  • Le Guy who drowned quiet

    According to ya what is dat thingy below this metal gears arm opposite the rail gun.that thing which is bigger than its legs?

  • Sn4ke_911

    Looks like someone got the magazine.

    Be careful with spoilers, i don’t know how spoiler-ish that is.

    But man this quote:

    “Kojima’s direction and unflinching commitment to challenging
    expectations and conventions make it the most tense experience ever
    hosted on Playstation.”

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      Full of me extremely hyped.seriously if you don’t like spoilers don’t read it or read the 2nd page only.sorry guys I read all but won’t spoil you.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      Hint:mob is near an island that is extremely near my country(if you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    • Edward Wokhands

      That’s the thing I’m looking forward to the most, gamers being challenged by the story/gameplay/whatever. The Witcher 3 has pushed a lot of things forward when it comes to adult, honest dialogue about serious issues. I can’t wait to see what Kojima wants to talk about and explore in this game. I look forward to the rants of the eternally offended brigade.

  • Icycool

    what is the release date for these mags in UK?

  • Bigger Boss

    Don’t think thats “spider legs” or a hand on the metal gear. I think thats just the butt of big bosses gun and his hand, just like to the left of the picture you can see his gear/equipment.

    • Edward Wokhands

      You’re right.

  • Is it just me, or is this new Metal Gear starting to look more and more like REX? (Minus the big orb thing on its head, of course).

    • Mini gear

      The radome is the only difference I can see other then a slimmer head/beak/legs

  • RanFujimiya

    When someone will get the subscriber one… please scan the cover in hq. I’ll give you my soul. Amazing artwork.

  • Fideo Kojima

    Here guys!! XB Magazine scans :

    Please someone share the OPM UK Magazine!

    Greetings and watch out spoilers!

    • I would like to see the scans an experiences from the OPM too, indeed.
      I hope someone has it.

  • heres the whole magazine leaked… spoliers though! have fun! 🙂

  • AbdElRahmanSnake

    The whole pic if anyone wants to render it

  • so i guess we can assume it’s volgin and no one else right? you never know, i don’t even want to feel like it’s decided, also it caught my attention (and later confirmed it by the comments) that the Metal Gear on the cover looks like it has a skull… wonder if it will be customizable as in PW but now that i think about it it will probably be that way, since PW let’s you play after the story is done and send your MG to missions and stuff. it will probably be like that on PP as well. there wouldn’t be much sense in making a game with the scope that PP probably has and not letting you playing after the story is done

  • Le Guy who drowned quiet

    this metal gear is tx 55.WHY?LOOK AT THE NUCLEAR MISSILE LAUNCHER.SURPRISED!?they are kinda the same.

  • Le Guy who drowned quiet

    do you think it is unmanned or normal.

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