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A countdown timer appeared on Konami‘s website with a Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain banner. The timer will run out in a little over a day from now, meaning that Konami might (fingers crossed!) be revealing the release date for Metal Gear Solid V at GDC.

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The little “Phantom Cigar” inventory item widget speeds up the timer when clicked, except it doesn’t. Upon clicking the phantom cigar, the timer begins to exponentially increase in speed, but after a few seconds it clicks out and resets to the time it was on prior to clicking. It’s a cute little jab at the iconic cigarettes that appear in the player’s inventory throughout the Metal Gear games.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the highly anticipated followup to last year’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Ground Zeroes was highly acclaimed, with some criticism aimed at the game’s length, as it was little more than a demo for the upcoming main installment.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain takes place during the cold war. We once again take control of Big Boss, now code-named Venom Snake, who’s out for revenge against those who destroyed the Militaires Sans Frontières, the mercenary group he was in charge of. Over the course of the game we will meet characters old and new, such as Revolver Ocelot and Kazuhira Miller. Snake travels to Afghanistan at the height of the Soviet War to track down his targets. Naturally, the plot thickens as the Cipher organisation comes into the picture, who seem to be working on a weapons platform that would make all Metal Gears obsolete.

So far all we know about the release date was that the game will drop sometime this year, but hopefully when that timer hits zero we will know when to take a day off.

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