Titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall and MLB 2014: The Show have showcased the PlayStation 4’s sheer graphics power. Metal Gear series director Hideo Kojima knows all about the console’s dynamic performance and spoke with Famitsu on how the PS4’s next-gen graphics will come into play for upcoming Metal Gear Solid V installments: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain.
Here’s an except from the interview below:
“It’ll still still be a while until the main volume, that is The Phantom Pain, will be completed. Now that the PlayStation 4 will be released, I thought it’d be a good timing for everyone to get a good taste of the next generation consoles, so we decided to go ahead and release the prologue first. Metal Gear Solid V is an open world game, and the map of The Phantom Pain is very vast, about 200 times larger than that of Ground Zeroes. I believe that some of you might feel a bit lost if you were to play The Phantom Pain right off the bat, so try giving Ground Zeroes a shot to enjoy the new systems of Metal Gear Solid.
The PlayStation 4 has plenty of memory, so it’s now possible to have the map load while in the midst of action. For example, if you see a faraway mountain, you could ride on your horse and eventually get there. Things like that are now possible. The challenge for us now, is getting such a stage and making it into a fun game of hide-and-seek. While Ground Zeroes is just the prologue of Metal Gear Solid V, there’s plenty of ways to play around in it. It’d make me happy to see you guys play it and think ‘wow, video games have come this far,’ as you experience the next generation consoles’ power of expression.
Again, it’ll also connect to various devices, where you’ll be able to communicate with other players and do plenty of exploring. I hope you guys can take this opportunity to what fun the future of gaming holds. Once you try it out for yourself, I believe you might think ‘oh so this is how it’ll be like’ as you look into the future of gaming. Please look forward to it.”
Konami will release Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on March 18th in the US, with a Europe release following on March 20th. As far as The Phantom Pain, we’re looking at late 2015.