In the image above, Kojima wrote about how he put lens flare in a trailer he’s editing—which, you know, clearly matches the style and design of The Phantom Pain stuff we saw at the Spike Video Game Awards from late last year, not to mention the official trailer we got shortly thereafter. And, of course, there’s the file-name in the image: TPP_GDC2013_720p_ESRB, which could easily be “The Phantom Pain, Game Developers Conference 2013,” etc.
So, yeah, I mean—it’s basically an open secret that Kojima is trolling the world with this thing, but it’s been so obvious that it raises all kinds of questions about what point he’s trying to make. Is this all a parody? Is the trolling itself a statement on the nature of information and rumor? Is Kojima pulling a double troll on us by making it so painfully obvious, and then announcing that, in fact, The Phantom Pain has nothing to do with Metal Gear?