Kojima On How Metal Gear Solid V Makes The Most Of Next Gen Consoles

By Sato . February 13, 2014 . 3:24am

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Clearing Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes may not take long, but Metal Gear series director Hideo Kojima recently explained that it’s not about the "clear time," but rather the game’s "play time." Kojima talks about that, and how the PlayStation 4’s next-gen graphics will come into play, in this week’s Famitsu.

 

Famitsu starts the interview by asking what kind of games are Metal Gear Solid V and Ground Zeroes. Kojima starts out by reiterating his previous explanation to describe the two, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain being the main part and Ground Zeroes as the prologue, similar to the opening 15 minutes of a Hollywood film.

 

“It’ll still still be a while until the main volume, that is The Phantom Pain, will be completed,” adds Kojima. “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,” he continues. “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.”

 

Next, Famitsu asks about how Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes will be putting the PlayStation 4’s next generation specs to use.

 

“The PlayStation 4 has plenty of memory, so it’s now possible to have the map load while in the midst of action,” says Kojima. “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.”

 

Finally, Famitsu shares their excitement for the release of Ground Zeroes and asks him to share some final thoughts.

 

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“While Ground Zeroes is just the prologue of Metal Gear Solid V, there’s plenty of ways to play around in it,” shares Kojima. “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.”

 

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on March 18th in North America and March 20th in Europe.


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  • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

    “Next gen” > “new gen” at least.
    Or “New current gen”.

    :(

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      that’s because japan will only welcome “next gen” next week

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    The opening 15 minutes of a Hollywood film isn’t sold separately for 30 bucks, though. ;););)

    • SiliconNooB

      *$40

      • disgaea36

        thats only for the ps4. ps3 users can get it for 20 bucks or 30.

        • SiliconNooB

          Why does it cost $40 on the PS4?

          Your idea of justifying Konami’s shameful conduct is to point to the fact that they are arbitrarily overcharging PS4 and Xbone owners for their version of the demo…

          That kind of logic could only make sense to the most feeble fanboy.

          • disgaea36

            u sound extra light headed because you already know why it’s an extra 10 bucks on the ps4. Since the ps2 days when games came out for multiple systems the one with the least power and graphics was always 10 bucks or less cheaper.

          • SiliconNooB

            This isn’t a game, it’s a demo, you sycophantic thrall.

            But have fun shilling away your consumer rights.

          • Spencer Shea

            If you look at the info it is clearly larger than a demo, I believe it is more mindless to hate it because of the first bad press, The game has been shown to be quite big, A member of the press spent 5 hours on main mission and side mission and was only 10% done, Or so said the main screen, The reason it is short is the info normally done in cut scenes is now shown by pressing the bumper and creating a radio conversation in game, So you are able to play while it goes on, The game has been shown to be quite large with a lot of replay value, I do hope you give it a try and stop lashing out at others

          • Terraforce77

            I agree so much. The funny this is, is that those calling it a demo act as if their lack of support will actually hurt the game’s sales.

    • https://twitter.com/maxiburger maxiburger

      I remember when people paid full movie price just to see the trailer for Star Wars Episode 1. That’s kind of even worse.

  • shuyai

    i love metal gear but summary of this is “Main game is way better but if you dont buy prologue then you are fucked, so just buy it! no really! please? “

    • SiliconNooB

      Do you really want to bet that this prologue won’t also be contained in the main game?

      • Terraforce77

        Kojima said it WON’T be in himself…
        Thats kind of the point of having two separate entries.

  • ecoutercavalier

    I’m probably getting the PS3 version. I can’t imagine anyone getting a PS4 just to play a 40 dollar demo.

    • otakumike

      you can also wait until just before phantom pain comes outn I’m sure that by then the title will have seen a price drop or two.

      • ecoutercavalier

        Gotta avoid those spoilers, though.

    • Spencer Shea

      Anyone who has done research in the last two days knows it is much bigger than thought

    • Terraforce77

      *Full Game, not demo

      • ecoutercavalier

        It’s a prologue. Not a full game.

        • Terraforce77

          Being a prologue canon-wise doesn’t necessarily negate it as a full game.

          • ecoutercavalier

            If it were a full game they would be asking for 50-60 dollars for a copy.

  • Fitzkrieg

    I honestly don’t know what everyone’s complaining about.

    Ground Zeroes is probably going to easily give you your money’s worth. Even if it’s being likened to the first 15 minutes of a Hollywood movie (which are usually around 2 hours these days, I believe), then you’re still getting one-eighth of what’s going to inevitably be a huge, huge game.

    So what if you have to pay a bit? $30-$40 isn’t much for a game these days, and time and effort went into making Ground Zeroes into what is undoubtedly going to be a fantastic game. Hell, you should be happy that the Phantom Pain is going to only be around $65-$70 when it releases, given how much grander in scope it’s going to be.

    • SiliconNooB

      A ninety minute demo is not worth my forty dollars.

      • Fitzkrieg

        You think The Phantom Pain is only going to last you twelve hours? O, ye of little faith.

        • SiliconNooB

          *Ground Zeroes

          • Fitzkrieg

            No, I meant what I said. Considering that the average Hollywood movie is around two hours long and that Ground Zeroes is said to be the ‘first 15 minutes’, that would make it one-eighth the length of the Phantom Pain. Ninety minutes is one-eighth of twelve hours, which is where I got the number.

            I’m just using inference logic here, but if The Phantom Pain is going to be as big a game as they’re making it out to be, I’m sure that Ground Zeroes will last us plenty of time. At the very least, long enough to make it worth the forty dollars.

          • SiliconNooB

            A ninety minute demo is not worth $40.

            Assuming that Ground Zeroes is 1/8 of the Phantom Pain experience, then [if you subscribe to the notion that publishers should be able to charge for demos] the appropriate price would be under ten dollars.

            I probably wouldn’t even be overly fussed if Konami charged a premium of $15, despite the fact that similarly priced titles like Blood Dragon and Journey offer full-fledged experiences that are far more satisfactory.

            but $40 dollars? They are taking the piss.

            Even in Japan all versions of the Ground Zero demo are priced at the equivalent of a flat $25US, but it would seem that Konami are aware that western fanboys do not know the value of money!

    • disgaea36

      people will always find something to complain about. The game is only 20 bucks on the network. You can’t go wrong with that price and I’m sure ur gonna play for way more than 15 minutes before phantom pain comes out. This will hold you down till then and graphics alone is worth it. people pay almost 20 to see an imax movie and thats not counting ur date and food lmao.

      • Thatguy

        40$ on PS4
        For demo.

        • Terraforce77

          If you actually read up on the game, it’s FAR from a Demo. No demo I’ve ever played had a 2+ hour long story, multiple side missions, and TONS of replay value.

          • icecoffemix

            I dunno, I’ve played Toukiden demo for 15+ hours doing many mission and quest.

            And it’s free.

          • disgaea36

            true but that was a legit demo and it got repetitive pretty fast. Also it’s a vita game

          • icecoffemix

            This game only has one area, do you really think it wouldn’t be repetitive?

          • SiliconNooB

            It’s a demo.

            Like the tanker was a demo.

            A demo.

          • Terraforce77

            The first demo with 20+ hours of total game time. Sounds like a win for Kojima.

          • ecoutercavalier

            It’s basically the equivalent of GT5 Prologue, which was a 20 dollar demo, iirc.

      • MrRobbyM

        “graphics alone is worth it”

        I just threw up in my mouth a little.

        • Thatguy

          Welcome to next gen. With new generation of gamers.

          • disgaea36

            ur just a hater plain and simple. People pay double that for a blu ray or a theater showing. You idiots never look at things from the other side. you want your cake and eat it too. smh

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Few folks pay $30-40 for a single movie BR that is not some sort of very special collection, like a Criterion or box set. That price for a theater movie? Maybe at an IMAX event in a New York or San Francisco. Very different situations from a rather mass market video game title. Expectations and past experience mean a lot.

            We are long used to the marketing of JRPGs advertising 100+ hours of play which we know means 30-40 hours of story, the rest for completion and end game stuff. When Kojima himself is saying ‘like the first fifteen minutes of a movie’, the implications of reality are pretty clear. And for a lot of folks that is just not worth what is still a price associated with full experience games.

          • MrRobbyM

            I only pay for blu-rays if it’s a flim I REALLY love. I rarely buy films period. I don’t go to theaters much either unless, again it’s for something I think I’ll really like. It’s also nice just to go out and see a movie with friends or family.

          • disgaea36

            But you won’t know if you REALLY like the movie till you go see it. Plus I’m sure this will have multi player so the same can be said about a game and a movie.

          • MrRobbyM

            “it’s for something I think I’ll really like”

            Again, I’ll only pay full price for something if I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy it. I’m not going to shell out 40 bucks and just hope for the best. In the case of video games, you know what they play like andhow long it’ll last you before you get it. I have no doubt I’d enjoy Ground Zeros but I’m not going to pay 40 bucks for something I can complete in 2 hours. People are only defending this because its MGS. Any other less popular franchise would get more hate.

        • disgaea36

          over dramatic not gonna even bother

          • MrRobbyM

            No need.

  • Brandonmkii

    Whatever, it’s worth my cash. Especially if it has replayability.

  • AkuLord3

    Don’t really see the point in people complaining about the length of this…I mean GUYS SUPRISE SUPRISE…MGS games were never long games at all and could be finish in 2-3 hours. First time playing you don’t realize that but 2nd time…yeah. So get over and enjoy the games GEEZ~

  • UUDDLRLR BASTART

    Things like riding to a mountain in the distance without loading screens were possible on the PS2, if not even earlier.

    • MrRobbyM

      Yes but in that case, the game would be really simple or have lots of fog

      • malek86

        Well, we could also do that in the Elder Scrolls games or most other open-ended stuff last gen, and those didn’t have much fog. Just Cause 2 was especially cool.

        Kojima probably means “we can do that while also having great graphics”, which is cool but not exactly unexpected from a more powerful console.

        Then again, we know how interviews are. You gotta say something even when you don’t really have much to say.

        • MrRobbyM

          Yeah, it was possible on last-gen. I was jsut responding to his comment about it being possible on the Ps2/earlier

  • MrRobbyM

    Make the most use of next-gen consoles but not much of the disc amirite

  • KoRLumen

    > “… not about the clear time, but rather the game’s play time”

    THANK YOU. Seriously, why do people not get this?!?

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    Sssssssoooooooooo… how will this play on current-gen systems?

    • ecoutercavalier

      Kojima tweeted about a comparison video between all versions of the game that they were working on about a week ago.

  • kaimo

    If what Ego had to say about Ground Zeroes is true, then We can safely assume Game informer is full of shit.

    But you didn’t need to be told that, surely.

  • Spencer Shea

    Do your research people, They game is clearly more than a demo, And has shown quite the replay value

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Let’s please not spam every response with the same catch lines. Folks have done their research. They are welcome to come to their own conclusions.

      • Spencer Shea

        Because I share my own conclusion it is spam? Is that not hypocritical of you? I only wish to spark debate

        Also quite the big assumption everyone has done their research my friend~ But I will stop my comments

        • Ferrick

          >to spark debate

          yeah, because all of your past “debates” in MGS topics here and at other websites has been mature and very productive riiiiiighttttt ?

          • Spencer Shea

            I did say I would no longer comment but my curiosity wins, In what debates have I not been mature and productive?

          • Ferrick

            hmmm lets see, there are already three instances in this topic itself where you retort with “do your research” over and over again, and all in short intervals. Yep, very mature and productive

          • Spencer Shea

            Hm? Doing research is as about productive as it gets, And it was not a insult or anything, I am literately saying research the fact it is clearly not a demo, I saw no poop jokes or such either so immature I do not know how. People can be too sensitive, Being blunt is not being aggressive.

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