Metal Gear Solid V Will Be Open World And Have Online Multiplayer

By Ishaan . June 14, 2013 . 11:00am

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will adopt an episodic structure for its story, series creator Hideo Kojima revealed at E3, according to a Polygon report. As with many other recent games, Metal Gear Solid V’s creator likened it to a television series.


To go along with the episodic structure, Metal Gear Solid V will be broken up into missions, which you’ll be able to play in a sequence of your choosing.


“Each mission is an episode,” Kojima said. “Now there might be independent stories within each mission. Of course it’s not linear, you can play any mission, any episode at any time. But ultimately when you play all of them and get to the core of the story, everyone will get the same viewpoint [of the story].”


Meanwhile, speaking with CVG, Kojima confirmed that Metal Gear Solid V will be an open-world game.


“You’re given a mission and in order to execute this mission you need to plan, strategise and execute,” Kojima shared. “There are many ways to do this; all the freedom is up to you and there are no rules lined out like the linear games in the past.”


“Distance is a very big factor as well. In the new trailer you saw Snake riding a horse, but you can also walk to a mission or take another mode of transport. But by the time you walk to the base, it might be dark. So that ruins or changes your strategy. Equally if you go by horse it might be day still, so you have to think an execute based on the time of day too.”


The game will also include an online multiplayer mode, which is being worked on by Konami’s Los Angeles studio.


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  • cameron forsyth

    this just gets better and better

  • konsama

    So hyped for this game, seems Kojima done it again, making me want to buy the next gen playstation to get another epic MGS game.

  • Ninastars

    MGO3? Oh yes please.

  • Demeanor

    Please let there be coop tactical missions against cpu opponents, that’d be awesome.

  • Samurai_Heart

    Read that title as an online multiplayer ala Peacewalker lol, hope there’s a mode akin to Peace Walker.

  • Anime10121

    Metal Gear Solid V, FFXV, KHIII, all so far away :(

    I need this in my soon to be owned (and for right now imaginary) PS4 tomorrow!

  • ChiffonCake

    So it’s like a mix between Peace Walker and 4, then? Sounds pretty interesting.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    I hope the MG Online mode is more similar to the one in MGS3: Subsistence. That was the best PS2 online experience ever made.

  • pure_white

    I’m throwing money at the screen but nothing happens. :C

  • Strid

    “…which is being worked on by Konami’s Los Angeles studio.”

    Uh oh… Our only hope now is they go for more of a Tom Clancy approach as opposed to CoD. Crossing my fingers for a true MGO experience though, or free roam MP like in Red Dead.

  • Lucky_x

    please MGO3, Kojima. It’s the right thing to do.

  • ShadowJetX

    Please be similar but way better than MGO2, pretty please. Don’t muck it up either by making it to westernized. I loved being able to sneak around in a box, being able to knock someone out and taking all their weapons, being able to distract people online with a playboy magazine was absolutely awesome.

  • Göran Isacson

    That is one big damn ambitious statement Kojima-san, and I can only HOPE the final product can cash in the cheques your mouth is writing. I mean, this sounds like it can be the be-all, end all stealth game if it pulls off everything that is promised, but dare we hope they can do it? I don’t know man. I don’t know.

  • Brandon001


    This is what Koji meant when he said cinematic ways of storytelling in gaming is over done, and he’d like to go about telling the story in a different way.

    Kojima is my god, and i will preach his word.

    Day One.

  • Alos88

    So is MGSV two games? Last I heard Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain together made up the game, but Ground Zeroes served as a separate prologue.

    • Mr_SP

      With the way it’s explained here… Ground Zeroes might be Episode 0 of MGS V?

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    I don’t really understand how the ‘any mission, any time’ system will work. Say for example, the mission rescuing Kaz. Surely Kaz being around will have an impact on the plot and he’ll start playing a role.

    Unless the game is told in flashback form?

  • ShadowDivz

    I trust you Kojima.
    Im pretty sure we all do.

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