Fans looking forward to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, are going to have to hold out a while longer. Series creator, Hideo Kojima recently told Famitsu (translated by Siliconera) that the game will release separately from its prologue title, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
After various video presentations of the game at this year’s GDC and E3, many people believed that Metal Gear Solid V was already finished. This, however, is not the case.
Kojima admits that it would have been better to release the game as a single title, but he explains that, “The Phantom Pain has enormous volume, so it will require much more time.”
Ground Zeroes will give players a taste of the world of Metal Gear Solid V — which uses Konami’s new Fox Engine — and will continue with The Phantom Pain.
“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.”
Be sure to check out Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes when it comes out in spring 2014 for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.