Series creator Hideo Kojima has warned fans that they shouldn’t expect to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain anytime soon. In the latest issue of Famitsu (translated by SIliconera) Kojima revealed that because of the game’s ambitious open world, development on the game won’t be finished for quite some time.
“The Phantom Pain has enormous volume, so it will require much more time,” Kojima said.
Even though the game won’t be ready next year, it’s prologue will. Kojima revealed last month that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be available sometime in Spring 2014. Ground Zeroes has a discount price of $30 and is meant to introduce the players to the open world gameplay of The Phantom Pain. Kojima did admit that it “would’ve actually been better” to release Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain as one whole game, but it would have been too long of a wait to do so.
“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],” Kojima said. “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.”
Ground Zeroes will be available for download in Spring 2014 for PS4 and Xbox One priced at $30, and $20 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.