Metal Gear Solid V is Project Ogre

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Project Ogre are one and the same thing. Kojima confirmed this in an interview held during E3.

Fox Engine Screen

 The first image of Project Ogre from 2011

In 2011, Kojima announced he was working on an ambitious new project, which he referred to as Project Ogre (or Oni in Japan). Kojima now confirmed that Project Ogre was indeed a code name for MGSV, that he used because he couldn’t talk about the game yet.


Snake’s demon-like ‘horn’ in MGSV

There seem to be a lot of references to ‘demons’ in MGSV, all the way up to Snake’s appearance. This will play a role in the story, so that’s how the project received its name.

Also, when still referring to the game as Project Ogre, Kojima said it would tackle taboo subjects, something that’s also the case with MGSV, and that it will be open world and players could spend many hours in the game.

Source: Jeux Video Magazine (via

  • iSolidus

    I remember Kojima getting all worked up about MGS Ground Zeroes NOT being Ogre. I guess he wasn’t wrong haha.

    • Nyxus

      Yes, it’s still correct. 😛

  • Fredy Carius

    that image that was leaked last year (Konami said it was fake) makes “some” sense now:

    “The moment we were cast out of heaven, we became monsters”

  • MrVux007

    id like to add that the first image is obliviously gameplay from Ground zeroes part of the game….notice the arm witch is not prosthetic and his gear the same one he uses in GZ trailer except he instead of a sneaking suit he wears a olive drab uniform …so there will be areas to explore beyond the camp omega in Ground zeroes ???? thats pretty long prologue if you ask me…. —> NOT THAT I MIND THAT 😛

    • Nyxus

      It could just be a concept, as it’s an image from an early build. I don’t know if we can draw any conclusions from it.

      • MrVux007

        agree on that …but wow that image is from 2011 ?!?! damn i thought they showed it somewhere in mid 2012….so the game is in production for over 2 years now…. hopefully they will release it at the end of this year

    • Jon

      Nothing is “obliviously” here!

      By the way, Ground Zeroes won’t change the time of the day, it has been confirmed already. And to finish this, look at his head. The pony tail.

      • MrVux007

        i sure hope the pony tail is optional because it looks kinda ridiculous….

      • solidmatt

        when was it confirmed that GZ won’t change the time of day? During GDC they made big deal of showing segments from the original trailer (which was set at night) during the day.

  • Deep Throat ;]

    Great. The moment we are given reason to believe that Kojima-san is somewhat original, he reminds us otherwise. We we won’t be playing a new game but another iteration of the same retcon packed adventure in the world of Metal Gear. No new ZOE, no new IP, just the same shit over and over. Cool surprise Hideo!

    • Nyxus

      Kojima does try new things within the Metal Gear series. What about an open world system? Dynamic CQC? Weather and day & night system? Adaptive story with player choice? 3D scan and performance capture? Pushing the limits of what subjects can be tackled in a game story? Second screen integration? And this is just what we know now.

      • Deep Throat ;]

        New features to adapt to a next-gen environment? Sequels should already be doing that. Yes there are plenty of games which don’t, but do we really have to compare things to the bottom end of the spectrum to get a sense of its worth? All those features are wasted on a completely milked franchise which tells its story by continuously rewriting itself. For Kojima to cling on to this pile of clutter of a story which is rotting away is only a reflection on his talents. Though, I must note, it is quite a feat for one to create such a huge ouroboros of a plot and succeed at sustaining the fan’s interest in the franchise. And for the record “new things” doesn’t mean better. One could argue that open world for a Metal Gear title is not at all suited. The series is based around gameplay driven by plot, not the other way round.

        • Nyxus

          Let’s just give this game a chance first, shall we? Then we can see if it was a good thing or not. So far, it looks pretty promising I would say.

          • Deep Throat ;]

            My response was about the series as a whole and whether Kojima should move on, not this game in particular, which could very well be amazing (which wasn’t the point). But I won’t be pretentious, I understand why you won’t address my point.

          • Hirouakan

            Though i think you’re being a little harsh, yes, i do agree that i’d love to see a new IP by Kojima.

            The man is a genius, and he keep “wasting” time with MGS when he could be crating new and memorable worlds and characters. By wasting, i mean, he’s already old, and all he really accomplished in his career as of now was Metal Gear. ZOE is awesome, but it didn’t reached MG level in terms of sales and success.

          • Nyxus

            People always seem to forget Boktai, which is an awesome series. Better than ZoE if you ask me.

    • Liquidalex

      The only reason why he keeps making metal gear is because fama keep asking for more. Don’t get me wrong, I see your point, I also like to see some New project from the guy and hopefully after this, we will. But that doesn,t mean the game will vê bad, I’m sure he is trying his best to make sometjing New without changing the core of the franchise. He created Snacther I’m sure nothing will be “”wasted” here, he is very criative.

  • PrinceHeir

    lol when will Kojima actually direct a game that isn’t MGS?

    i don’t mind him handling the main series, but he really needs to make Zone of the Enders 3 or Policenauts X Snatcher with Suda 51.

    i just hope after this game, take a break and refresh ideas for the MSX remakes, and in the mean time make ZOE3 please 😛

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