Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain Actually Two Separate Games After All

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Remember yesterday, when the world started to make sense? That’s right, we finally found out that The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes were really just one game: Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. There was even one trailer that incorporated footage from both titles’ separate trailers. Everything in the world of Kojima and Snake was finally coming together.

Then today happened and EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW WAS WRONG. As it turns out, The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes are still two different fucking games. Ugh.

According to a post on SiliconEra, Ground Zeroes is a prologue to MGS 5: The Phantom Pain, a fact confirmed by Konami’s PR department. GZ is set a full nine years before Phantom Pain, which, I suppose, accounts for the time the Snake character will have spent in a coma. The post offers up a Tweet from creator Hideo Kojima himself:

Ground Zeroes is a prologue of MGSV 9 years after that event will be The Phantom Pain. MGSV is constructed w/prologue and main game TPP. The game play demo I presented [at GDC yesterday] is the opening of TPP which is tutorial that starts from crawling.”

As to whether or not the two different games will be sold separately or in one package, or on one disc, Konami’s public relations director Jay Boor said, “Can’t comment on the SKUS unfortunately. TPP is definitely 360 and PS3 though.”

Sounds more like a Phantom Pain in the ass to me. At the very least, you’ve got to respect Kojima’s commitment to his vision. The Metal Gear Solid series has had a long reputation of being completely confusing and convoluted. Finally, he’s brought gamers’ complete inability to follow his storylines to reality.

[Via SiliconEra]

  1. Sorry but I don’t think this means it will be two seperate games. I thinks he means it’s a prologue like the tanker was a prologue to MGS2

    • Very little reason to say they are separated entries if they are the same game, you may be right, but I dunno.

      Wouldn’t be surprised ig Ground Zeroes was a PS Vita game.

      • Here’s a thought, Kojima said he wanted to try an open type of story telling, where the player could play through missions in the order they want and still come out with the same overall experience.

        What if the game is in two different parts, and you can choose to play through the Ground Zeroes or The Phantom Pain story in whatever order you want O.o

  2. No, they’re still the same game.
    I have no idea why people are still being confused or annoyed by this, Ground Zeroes serves as the tanker chapter or the Virtuous Mission of the game, it was never slated they were separate games.
    Say, it was optional to pick which one you wanted to start on (like you could on MGS2) wouldn’t it make sense for there to be a tutorial for then too? Just like what Raiden went through during the plant chapter.

    Note that Kojima only ever said Ground Zeroes was a prologue to the main event, he’s still holding true to that.

    I have no idea why people are confused by this, it is rather obvious they’re the same game actually.

  3. Okay, at first it was a funny trolling session. Now I’m just confused… I don’t think even Kojima is sure what the hell Ground Zeroes and TPP is anymore…

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