Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Will Be Over 200 Times Bigger Than Ground Zeroes

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 3:30 PM
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The upcoming pseudo-sequel Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes might be a glorified demo, clocking in at well under two hours to complete for many previewers on their first run, but that’s not the case with MGS 5: The Phantom Pain, according to series’ creator Hideo Kojima.

Kojima has come under flak for the brevity of the MGS experience in Ground Zeroes, but speaking in a recent interview, the Japanese stealth maestro claimed that the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be hundreds of times bigger…

It’s been suspected for some time now that Ground Zeroes was a splintered portion of MGS5, and when asked about this Kojima said; “I'll be honest here: this wasn't necessarily a strategic move. The Phantom Pain is roughly over 200 times bigger than Ground Zeroes... I knew we couldn't hit a game that big for next-gen launch date [22nd February for the PS4 in Japan], and we didn't have any Japanese titles that were available for launch... At that time Ground Zeroes was almost complete, and a lot of fans asked for a product out there, so that's the decision I took."

Now, there’s two interesting points here. Firstly, Kojima has set a precedent for releasing an opening chunk of a game. It brings very direct comparisons with the opening scene of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, which was set entirely on a tanker and given away as a demo with copies of Zone of Enders. This also took around two hours to complete, but then again it didn’t cost 40 bucks…

Secondly, if The Phantom Pain really is 200 times bigger then we are set for a mighty large game. We already know that MGS 5 will be shifting to an open-world, with last year’s reveal at E3 showcasing a stunning looking gameplay video as Snake rode a horse through a vast open desert.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is arriving on the 18th March for PS3, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, while Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is expected in 2015. Kojima said yesterday that he is keen on bring MGS 5 to PC, although he’s not currently allowed to talk about how its progressing.

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11:32 Mar-08-2014

I'm waiting for this beauty to come to PC. No console will do this game the justice the series has always deserved, and the PS3 did MGS4 very well!

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21:22 Mar-08-2014

I love now you say that no console will do this game justice and right after that - pat the PS3 on the back for doing a good job with MGS4. :D

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11:33 Mar-09-2014

That's my point. PS3 put MGS4 across extremely well, and I've completed that game more times than any other. I just don't think that console hardware can do the new MGS the same justice. I hate to sound like an elitest, because I've been a console gamer up until last year, but only a very good PC will do this game the justice is most certainly deserves.

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12:29 Mar-09-2014

I agree with you as long as we are referring to Xbox360 and PS3. I don't think the new consoles will have any trouble running this, unless the developers haven't learned how to handle the systems and it turns out to be an unoptimized pile of poop.
(btw, made a typo in the previous post - *how, instead of now)

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04:57 Mar-08-2014

I am happy as long as it comes to PC!!

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18:18 Mar-07-2014

honestly can't imagine the requirements if this really come to PC

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17:05 Mar-07-2014

Kojima wants it. But the high ups in the studio may not agree. Atleast there is hope.

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17:32 Mar-07-2014

I think if Kojima wants something, the higher ups should just let him do it, because whatever Kojima does, no matter how stupid or silly it may be, it always works out in the end and becomes epic!

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17:37 Mar-07-2014

AYE!

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16:47 Mar-07-2014

Buying them both for ps3.

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