Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Will Have A Different Interface Than MGSV

By Sato . October 23, 2013 . 1:05am

During this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Konami revealed that Ground Zeroes will in fact be the “opening” to Metal Gear Solid V, and showed off some gameplay footage at the event. While we still don’t know just how Ground Zeroes will be released, series creator Hideo Kojima shared a few details in this week’s Famitsu.


According to Game Jouhou, who summarized key parts of the interview, the theme is “race” and the keyword of the game is “retaliation”.


The prologue known as Ground Zeroes will have the same game system as the main game of Metal Gear Solid V, but some of the UI (User Interface) will be different. One part that Kojima added a lot of emphasis to is how large the fields of Metal Gear Solid V will be, which is something he’s discussed in the past as well.


Ground Zeroes is set to take place the year after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and Metal Gear Solid V will take place nine years after that. Rather than restricting the players, the game is being designed to allow players to act more upon their own thoughts to make choices.


When asked if we’ll be able to play Ground Zeroes before the release of Metal Gear Solid V, Kojima responds by saying, “Hmm, please wait just a little longer.”


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is currently in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

  • Go2hell66

    I’m still not clear if these are really just one game or two games in one package.

    so confusing

    • Kaitsu

      [When asked if we’ll be able to play Ground Zeroes before the release of Metal Gear Solid V, Kojima responds by saying, “Hmm, please wait just a little longer.”]

      Very confusing.

    • Richard N

      Part of their marketing scheme I suppose. Definitely keeps people talking and speculating how the two are gonna work.

    • gerald

      It’s possible Ground Zeroes could be like Metal Gear Online, packaged with MGSV but also available as a standalone teaser early.

      Sounds like some classic Kojima trickery where we’re meant to think they’re different games with different UI and whatnot, but in fact they’ll both be directly connected and your actions in Ground Zeroes will affect something in MGSV. Maybe like a fourth wall contrast in how you, the player, are made to behave differently in the different circumstances.

      • Nekkedsnake

        it sounds reminiscent to the MGS2/MGS3 prologue and then main mission style chapter breaks. MGS2 with the Tanker/Planter split and MGS3 with the Virtuous Mission/Operation Snake Eater split.

        Seems MGSV will do the same with the Ground Zeroes/Phantom Pain split. all i really care about are two things:

        1. that hopefully the FULL game is released as ONE DISC instead of separate entities.

        2. RELEASE DATE!

        • Jake Joe

          For Number 1, that might still be a problem since they did confirm that this will be released on PS3/Xbox360. And we all know how Microsoft Loves to hold back Multi-Platform games from their competitors. As far as PS4/Xbox1 there should be a problem with space since both have BluRay Drives.
          And for number 2, that might be until the end of 2014 or maybe summer if we are lucky. I’m hoping they take the longer route for Longer Gameplay. But we will see.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      It’s two games in a pack but Kojima is unable to explain that easily so I’m just going to call it Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Of The Phantom Pain HD Collection 1.5 Final Mix.

  • Kai2591

    I still haven’t truly finished Peace Walker…the REAL ending I mean.

    • Алексей Гришин

      Well, it’s not so hard to beat it.

      • Kai2591

        hard if you’re too lazy to do it ;)

    • michel

      What exactly is this “real ending” of Peace Walker? Doesn’t it finish when you destroy the last Peace Walker boss?

      • Алексей Гришин

        Nope, after that you need to catch Zadornov 6 times, then go to “Practise Target” and find him again.

        • Kai2591


        • michel

          Thanks, I’ll look into it!…

    • Nekkedsnake

      ditto. i’ve amassed 150+ hours playing PW and still haven’t finished it. thing is, ive replayed certain levels over and over like the Zadornov missions cuz i’m too lazy to grind out those tank missions haha. i love PW tho. PO and PW comprise the best handheld MGS games so far.

  • bushin

    Argh, I actually can’t wait any longer! I need this game in my life!

    • alexis cortes

      I know , the wait is killing me too. I hope we have some more news in the VGAs and hopefully a release date.

  • dahuuuundge

    I’m looking forward to The Phantom Pain gameplay footages. Flaming Whale hallucination boss fight could be fun.

  • Peter Brown

    Ground Zeroes is the prologue. It’s short, introduces the new and revamped gameplay systems to the player, and frames the story that picks up when Snake wakes up from a Coma at the true start to Metal Gear Solid V, 9 years later. The only details that are unclear are related to distribution of the content, relative to the release of MGS:V, be it either bundled with or released in advance of the full game.

  • Is there still no clarification on whether “race” is in reference to an arms race/race against the clock or human ethnic groups?

  • monkey king

    So pretty much like metal gear rising.

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