We took two looks at the photo of Joakim Mogren posted by Geoff Keighley on Instagram today (pictured on right), and immediately thought, "he reminds us of someone currently out of work!" Cliff Bleszinski certainly looks similar to the man in the bandages, at least from what little we can see. Note the light blue color of the eyes, skin, and lip color.
What could Cliff Bleszinski be up to and who could he be up to it with? What if Hideo Kojima and Cliff Bleszinski are working together on Metal Gear or related games like The Phantom Pain? It makes a lot more sense than you'd think.
Here's a tweet:
Just got pulled into a back room at Comic Con by @hideo_kojima_en and showed some crazy new secret stuff. Wow.
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) July 14, 2012
Here are some images of the two icons hamming it up:
We really couldn't think of a better person to head up a development team separate from Kojima's own. Plus, Cliffy B's invovlement with other franchises, namely the multi-million selling Gears of War franchise, would add even more draw power to the project. It also explains why Cliffy B has been spotted in so many pictures with Kojima, and helped celebrate Metal Gear's 25th anniversary at PAX Prime in Seattle this past year (Video from @PAULFIERCE).
Still skeptical? How about this angle?