Metal Gear Solid 5 gameplay up to the user, says Kojima

Thursday, 13th June 2013 20:23 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will allow players to play it however they wish: stealthy or guns blazing, according to Hideo Kojima.

Speaking with CVG at E3, Kojima said he wanted to create a big game in which the player gets to decide how things play out.

“Whether you want to go in gun-ho or go in stealthily that’s really up to the user,” he said. “That’s something that the player gets to decide. There’s a goal, and you have to go in and out, but whether the player uses stealth or goes straight into it – that’s up to the player. So it depends on the player’s play style.

“We have a big surprise for the players in this game. We have challenged and pushed ourselves with something that movies can’t do but only games can do. It hasn’t been done before.”

Part of this has to do with the open-world nature of the game, something which is a first for the series. Kojima said another reason the team went with an open-world was so multiple devices con the market could be used for the game.

“Using tablets and smart phones you can also enjoy MGS5 and create user-generated missions within the world,” he said. “That’s another reason we had to go open-world – if it was linear we wouldn’t be able to do that.”

Linear is something MGS fans are used to, which is why Kojima and his team created Ground Zeros, a prologue, which is basically a way for veteran players of the series to be eased into Phantom Pain’s open-world.

“You can think of it that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain as the big game and within that the first prologue to it is Ground Zeroes,” Kojima explained. “The Phantom Pain provides a vast world where the player can really go anywhere and get lost. But for past Metal Gear fans used to a linear experience it would probably be hard for them to get used to that without having a prologue and a way to get used to it.

“So Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes is an interpretation to really give them a very short, smaller version of that scale. In The Phantom Pain there are real-life day and night cycles but in Ground Zeroes the weather doesn’t change and it’s at night time. This is to help the past Metal Gear fans to get used to the fact that it’s now open-world.”

Kojima said the team has decided how it will will release Ground Zeroes just yet, but he did touch upon the multiplayer element.

“We plan on creating Metal Gear Online,” he said. “Multiplayer right now is being created at our LA studio as well as us,” he said. “We’re working closely to create a vast multiplayer for all the fans.”

And as far as the Moby Dick references in the game trailers to Phantom Pain are concerned, Kojima said the team is not ready to reveal who or what the White Whale is at this point.

“We can’t say at this time! We’re still putting out the first couple of trailers and that will be a great surprise,” he said. “It would ruin a lot of people’s excitement to the game if we revealed that. When we’re a bit closer to release we can talk more about it but right now we are not at the stage to discuss the villains.

“We’ve actually been getting a lot of questions like this and as much as we’d like to say who the villain is, we need to make sure that information comes out at the right time. Stay tuned.”

MGS5 will be released on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and is still without a release date.



  1. ps3fanboy

    not on xbone without an internet connection mister kojima.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    MGO 3? Bring it on, i loved playing MGO 2 on PS3 it really brought all the elements from Single player to multiplayer and expanded upon it, i was sad to see it die out :( :( :( i just want MGO 3 to copy what MGO 2 Got right and not be as people fear “Tacked On”.

    I assume MGS TPP is releasing in 2014/2015 and GZ in 2013 right?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SlayerGT

    I want to play it where David Hayter voices the main character bout that hmmmm?

    #3 2 years ago

    Awesome article! Can’t wait!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OnionPowder

    Speaking of voice actors Troy Baker is confirmed to be Ocelot. That man is in every good game now it seems. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in GTA V as well :P

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Citrus raptor

    @4 “struggling framerate” which one are you talking about?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    Leave him, he is an annoying troll who wants to be fed. VG247 has done nothing about it for five years.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    See? jesus christ ban him, can’t take that long.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Djoenz

    @LB :P

    #9 2 years ago
  10. KAP

    Now I finally understand where Ground Zeroes comes in now. Great.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    I am glad someone is enjoying this :D while the troll still lives under the bridge haunting the nearby children :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    Looks the like the troll is giving out misconceptions.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Djoenz

    Aw shit first of all is he really dissing MGS1?
    Secondly again with the same shit about unemployed 35 years old living with their mother, but not mentioning the basement type of crap.

    I guess if you keep telling yourself those things eventually you will believe in it or its a reflection of some sort of his own life?

    LB keep on doing your thing :P

    #13 2 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    The worst version of any of the MGS series is MGS 2 on the Xbox.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    Being a troll under a bridge is no life :D

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Djoenz

    Thank God trolls turn into stone when its daylight. They tend to be thickheaded. Its true I saw it in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    More misconceptions, Yawn.
    @Djoenz LOL :D

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MasterMiller

    The mere fact that you have started talking like that means you’ve lost the conversation.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Lengendaryboss

    Just leave him, he is a troll with nothing else better to do than terrorise us under the bridge he lives under :)

    #19 2 years ago

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