A Konami PR representative shot down Hideo Kojima’s claim that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a single game that would encompass “Ground Zeroes” and “The Phantom Pain” in a statement last night. This morning, a different Konami representative, speaking to CVG, has clarified further.
According to this representative, “Metal Gear Solid V” is a concept represented by two games: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. As previously stated, Ground Zeroes is the prologue to the game’s main narrative, which will be told in The Phantom Pain. But as a prologue, it’ll be “distributed differently” from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which is being developed as a disc-based game for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Ground Zeroes is also in development for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but what form it will take when it’s finally released… digital download, separate disc, or some combination of the two… wasn’t made clear.
This jives nicely with Kojima’s desire to create “pilot episodes” to get players interested and engaged in his future games.