Next year Konami and Kojima Productions will be releasing Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, a prologue that will lead into the main course; Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Many had anticipated a release for the main course sometime soon after the prologue, but that isn’t the case.
In an interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera) Hideo Kojima made remarks that suggest the game is still a long ways off. “The Phantom Pain will take place in an immense open world map, while Ground Zeroes takes place in a smaller open world. It would’ve actually been better to release it all at once, but by the way things are going, it appears likely that Phantom Pain will be coming out around the time the PlayStation 4 becomes more spread out. That means we would’ve had to make people wait a while longer.”
“The Phantom Pain has enormous volume, so it will require much more time,” Kojima said. “So, together with the marketing staff, we consulted ‘what ifs’ and such, and came to the decision of allowing fans to at least play the prologue, ahead of time. We want to offer it for as cheap as possible, so at first we thought about making it as a download only; however, after thinking about people around the world, and how some places don’t have the best connectivity, we’re preparing a physical version.”
“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]. 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.”
So yeah, looks like we’re not getting the full Metal Gear Solid V experience for a while. When it does become available you’ll be able to pick it up on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 or Xbox 360.