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.