Amidst the excitement of Kojima’s announcement of the next game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise at GDC there was also plenty of confusion as people struggled to understand what the connection between Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes actually is. The way Kojima explained it in his Tweet after the show seemed to indicate that they were both part of the same game, that Ground Zeroes was a prologue.
“’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 today is the opening of ‘TPP’ which is tutorial that starts from crawling.” Tweeted Kojima.
However, it now seems that’s inaccurate and that it either Kojima’s English skills that caused the confusion, or him just being Kojima. His English skills are probably the likely culprit, though.
Silliconera contacted the games publishers to clear things up, and got this reply:
“Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are two separate games,”
Sadly the publishers couldn’t confirm yet whether Ground Zeroes and the Phantom Pain will be included in the same package or if they’ll have to be bought separately, nor did they confirm what platforms Ground Zeroes will arrive on.
The recent press release regarding the announcement of The Phantom Pain confirms that they are seperate titles:
“First unveiled in METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER, the new METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN trailer shows the fall of Mother Base and provides visual hints that unveil the connection between METAL GEAR SOLID: GROUND ZEROES and METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.”
Perhaps Ground Zeros may see release as a digital title, a short game to act as a teaser for Metal Gear Solid V?
All credit to Silliconera for the story: