Had expectations of playing both MSG: The Phantom Pain and its prologue, Ground Zeroes, on the same day? Don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima recently spoke with Famitsu and confirmed both titles will be launched separately. Hear him out below:
“If I were to put it in Hollywood movie terms, the prologue, that is Ground Zeroes, would be similar to the first 10-15 minutes that are meant to ‘captivate’ [the audience]…At first, something will happen, then the title will appear like ‘bam!’ and then nine years later, a big event will be the start [of Metal Gear Solid V]. That’s how the story will be connected.
As far as the game itself goes, The Phantom Pain will take place in an immense open world map, while Ground Zeroes takes place in a smaller open world. “=It would’ve actually been better to release it all at once, but by the way things are going, it appears likely that Phantom Pain will be coming out around the time the PlayStation 4 becomes more spread out. That means we would’ve had to make people wait a while longer…
However, The Phantom Pain has enormous volume, so it will require much more time…So, together with the marketing staff, we consulted ‘what ifs’ and such, and came to the decision of allowing fans to at least play the prologue, ahead of time. We want to offer it for as cheap as possible, so at first we thought about making it as a download only; however, after thinking about people around the world, and how some places don’t have the best connectivity, we’re preparing a physical version.”
Ground Zeroes is still scheduled for release in Spring 2014 for both current and next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Let us pray The Phantom Pain will follow shortly after, at least summertime.