Konami employee confirms no retail version for Ground Zeroes on XB1 and PS4, big announcement coming soon

After the announcement that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will release in the spring of next year, some people are wondering why the current gen version will have both a physical and a digital release, whereas the next gen version only seems to be getting a digital version.

Konami posted this tweet on their official Twitter, after a user asked about a retail version for PlayStation 4:

However, it seems like Konami is not planning to release a retail version for the next gen consoles. ToraShiro, a user at the NeoGAF forums who claims to work for Konami, answered some questions regarding this decision (click the images to enlarge, but the information is also cited below).


“I work for Konami (KDE-US) and I can confirm that at this time there are no plans for a retail version of the Xbox One and PS4 SKUs of GROUND ZEROES. That’s the official word around the office right now.”

About the aforementioned Tweet he says:


“PS4 will not be getting a physical edition. That answer was in regards to what will be included in the retail version (PS3/X360). I’ll make sure my associate is more clear in the future.”


“Any reason for this?
I mean, any logical reason?”

– “Yes, there are. Can I share them in a public forum? Nope.jpg”

Konami does seem to have some kind of ‘big announcement’ coming up.


“How would you say GZ compares to MGS1, 2, 3 or 4 in terms of length and content.”

– “Kudos for asking! But unfortunately I can’t give any specifics (I like my job and intend to keep it). You’ll have to wait until our big announcement.”


“I guess you can’t talk about the content or its length in regards to GZ?”

– “I have no guarantee of my safety from MSF hit-squads if I were to divulge that classified info. We do have a big announcement coming soon-ish that should shed some light on those questions, though.”

All pretty vague, but it looks like we will be getting more information (relatively) soon.

Update: The big announcement will take place before this year’s Video Game Awards. So that means before December 6.



“Can you please give us a time frame of when we can expect that announcement? Is it going to before the VGAs or after?

– “It will take place before the VGAs.”

Source: Konami Twitter, NeoGAF

  • the creep

    well ground zeros is just the prologue not mgs 5 , right? cause I will be on ps4

    • Nyxus

      It’s the prologue to The Phantom Pain, both combined are Metal Gear Solid V.

      • the creep

        but will the other half be on a disc for ps4 ??

        • Nyxus

          I assume it will be launched for retail, it’s presumably much larger than Ground Zeroes.

  • Golgari

    The most logical reason by far right now is that Kojima want this game to sell only via Digital and you can probably upgrade your current gen version to the next via digital form.

    I hope that’s not true. There must be a logical thing.

    • benbenkr

      Then why is the next-gen digital version more expensive than the current-gen version? What kind of logic is that?
      Don’t see AC4 do it, nor BF4, nor COD Ghost, nor Watch Dogs nor any other game which has a current and next-gen version.

      Also, who wants to bet that Konami will be packaging both GZ and TPP together as a single package once TPP releases?

      • solidmatt

        According to the Konami source, they won’t be packaged together. He states this a little later in the thread.

        • benbenkr

          On TPP’s release, perhaps not.

          But when in Konami’s history has a main (or canon) MGS game not been packaged together? Never.

      • Alex Kraus

        A package containing both does seem to the the probable explanation…. though solidmatt above says otherwise

    • solidmatt

      They are trying to prevent second-hand sales of the game, something which the videogame industry perceives as significantly cutting into their revenue. That is the “logical thing.”

      • Nyxus

        That’s not a satisfactory explanation for me. Metal Gear is a big enough series, I’m sure they’d make enough money as many people would want to buy it day 1.

        • solidmatt

          It’s not day 1 that is the issue, it is day 2.3,4….The problem game companies have been facing is the re-sale of used games by people who bought the game new and don’t want it anymore. I know it might be hard to wrap your mind around as a Metal Gear devotee, but the reality is millions of copies of this game will be sold to casual players who don’t particularly care about keeping it on their shelves but will put it up on ebay or take it to gamestop for a trade-in once they tire of it. Digital copies prevent this re-sale.

          “Enough money”? I don’t believe that’s how these companies think. It’s rather a question of making as much money as possible.

          • Nyxus

            But by giving the consumer the choice between digital or retail, they can reach more people, and thus make more money. Not everyone wants to buy digital.

  • Tetsuo


    “Tora, I suppose the Rising news is that it will be at a reduced price w/DLC?”

    All DLC is now free and available to anyone with Rising, and Rising
    with a new retail standard of 30$. That’s today’s big announcement,

  • PrinceHeir

    come on they really should announce a retail version of the PS4 so i may have to hold on buying the PS3 version(i’m not really hurry to buy MGSV anyways)

  • Nekkedsnake

    i suppose this info might have been more pertinent had i preordered a PS4, but i’m putting a hold on Next Gen till next year. i’m just glad for the confirmation that GZ will be available on current gen in both digital and disc format. I’ll definitely be getting the physical version.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    WHEN is the announcement? could’ve asked him that!

    • Nyxus

      Between now and December 6th is all he wanted to say.

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        oh..right. specific date would’ve been good. but I guess since it is MGS after all, it can wait 🙂 Spike VGA will be awesome!

        • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

          By the way, we lost “Sorahearts”.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            what do you mean we lost “Sorahearts”? Why? What happened?

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            Maybe he was thinking of leaving “NintenScience”.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            that’s it? he just felt like quitting?

          • Guest

            Now he is back, however, there is now more than 10 down-votes on my comments at my “Tumblr” base.

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  • MrVux007

    one more reason to buy it on PS3 🙂

  • Truth

    Aww man, $0N¥ PauperStation Foul not delivering on it’s lies and false promises. What else is new.

    • Rikus

      Wow, “PauperStation Foul…what a lame attempt. While I’m also not liking the fact that the PS4 is not getting a physical release, I’m failing to see how this is “not delivering on lies and false promises”. FYI, the Xbone is also not getting a physical release, but I’m guessing this is also the PS4’s fault? This is Konami’s choice. It has nothing to do with Sony or Microsoft.

    • You are flat out wrong

      Please leave, Zaire.

    • Nyxus

      It couldn’t have less to do with this if it tried.

  • Ricardo Oe

    Go go go !

  • Darth123

    Well it turned out there was retail versions because I own both xbox one and ps4 versions on disc so it works out.

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