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Metal Gear Solid V Release Still a Ways Off

Jason Clement

Just a month ago, it was revealed that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes would see a release in Spring 2014, but Hideo Kojima is cautioning players that that doesn't necessarily mean Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is close behind.


According to a recent interview in Famitsu magazine (via Siliconera), Kojima explained that The Phantom Pain is a large open-world game, so it would require much more development time than Ground Zeroes. He also likened the latter game as an "appetizer" of sorts to the former.


"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]," he explained.


"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."


Kojima also mentions that there will be some form of connectivity between Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, saying that players who have save data from the former game will have something to look forward to in the latter.


Unfortunately, he makes no mention of a projected release date for The Phantom Pain, which means it could possibly release in 2015 or beyond. The good news is you won't have to wait quite as long for its prologue, as Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is still on track for a Spring 2014 release on Xbox One and PS4.


Are you disappointed that Metal Gear Solid V is still a ways off from releasing?

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