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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain announced

Snake is awake in Metal Gear Solid V, a combination of The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

Snake looks as stylish as ever in the fifth iteration of the popular stealth action video game. Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been announced at GDC, and it didn't hurt at all.

Speaking onstage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima said Metal Gear Solid V is Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain combined. Snake has been in a coma for nine years, and awakens in the hospital at the start of the game alongside Ishmael, the figure from The Phantom Pain whose face is in covered in bandages.

During the gameplay demo, which is set in the game's tutorial level, Snake can't walk or move properly due to his comatose state. When he regains his mobility, Metal Gear Solid V will become an open-world game, Kojima says.

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