Just because MGSV: Ground Zeroes is launching next Spring doesn’t mean MGSV: The Phantom Pain will follow suit; fans will have some waiting to do, thanks to the title’s “enormous volume”.
According to a Famitsu interview with Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will take “much more time” to release [compared to Ground Zeroes] due to development of the vast open-world environment. While Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes features a smaller, yet open-world environment, Kojima compares it to the prologue of a movie- the first “10-15 minutes that are meant to ‘captivate’…” Kojima also stated that the original plan was to release both titles simultaneously, but the price would have resulted in a major delay:
“It would’ve actually been better to release it all at once, but by the way things are going, it appears likely that Phantom Pain will be coming out around the time the PlayStation 4 becomes more spread out. That means we would’ve had to make people wait a while longer.”
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is scheduled for a Q1 2014 release (this upcoming Spring) in both physical and digital versions, available for PS3/PS4 and 360/Xbox One; the next-gen versions will both feature console-exclusive content, with the PS4 getting the “Deja-Vu” mission with original Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake, and the One version getting content yet to be revealed.
Sources: Siliconera, Gamespot
Image courtesy of Konami, Kojima Productions