Game developer Konami has officially unveiled the fifth version of Metal Gear Solid, the long rumoured "The Phantom Pain", at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. 

The company revealed that the highly anticipated title is comprised of both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain.

The Phantom Pain was first introduced during the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, but at the time wasn't officially slated as a Metal Gear Solid title. It will be complete with the developer's next-generation Fox Engine that is promising better visual quality. Whether or not it will be appearing on next-gen consoles remains to be seen.


The game will kick-off with Snake in the hospital after being in a coma for nine years. He must escape an unknown enemy and once away from the hospital, the game actually begins. Not much else is known.

"Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has been a phenomenal success and one of the most highly regarded titles of all time. As such, we have very high expectations for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," said Shinji Hirano, president of Konami.

"We are confident that the Fox Engine will both expand and revolutionise the Metal Gear Solid series, and will provide the customary high-quality and immersive experiences that are associated with all titles produced by Kojima Productions.”

Konami announced that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 - any word of the PlayStation 4 was noticeably absent, but we'll bet support is likely on the way. The game company didn't talk specifics for a release date, though we'll keep our eyes peeled.