Save data carries over from GZ to TPP, possible reward for playing both parts, and more MGSV info from interviews

During his trip to New York City this week Kojima spent three days getting interviewed by different media outlets. Here are some of the more interesting parts containing new Ground Zeroes info.

From Famitsu (via NeoGAF)

  • GZ can be compared to the pre-title sequence in a Hollywood movie, catching the audience’s attention with a dramatic event before the real story begins.
  • GZ serves as a tutorial for TPP. The main story missions all take place at night in the rain, but you can visit the camp during the day in the optional missions. There is no dynamic weather or day and night cycle.
  • The Phantom Pain has many of the same features as Peace Walker (recruiting and base management). This will not be in GZ, and neither will fulton recovery, but you can retrieve optional soldiers by helicopter.
  • Your GZ save data will carry over to TPP, and doing extra stuff in GZ will give you benefits in TPP.
  • The reason for breaking up the game like this is that due to the large amount of content MGSV takes a long time to develop, so Konami worked this out with Kojima in order to give gamers early access to at least the prologue.
  • Kojima is planning to reward gamers for buying both parts in the form of content in the full game, but they haven’t decided yet on what this will entail.
  • GZ and TPP feature second screen functionality through phones and tablets. One of the uses is to display leaderboards. Maps might be another feature, but Kojima is concerned that it will be difficult for players to divide their attention between two screens.

From Polygon:

  • Kojima doesn’t feel like he’s making radical changes with this game, it’s just a natural evolution of the series. It’s still a stealth action game.

From Kotaku:

  • Kojima initially wanted to launch MGSV shortly after Peace Walker, for either the PSP or the PS3. But due to development issues and the next generation being close, the game ended up as it is now.

From Giant Bomb:

  • Since Ground Zeroes takes place in 1975, they’re including elements from that time, but at the same time also stuff people from that time period envisioned as futuristic.
  • Snake’s personality will be different before and after Ground Zeroes. Something happens in Ground Zeroes that will lead to The Phantom Pain’s story.

From DualShockers (1 and 2) (via Game Spark)

  • Intolerance between differences in ethnicity is the main theme of Metal Gear Solid V. With the improved graphics of the PlayStation 4, they will be able to be show these differences through more subtle things, like the way someone moves.
  • Kaz Miller may not appear on the cover of the Western release of the game, like he does in Japan. Reason is people’s unfamiliarity with the character due to Peace Walker’s poor sales.
  • EyeHaveYou

    Hmmm… I wonder if the PS3 save file of GZ can be carried over to PS4 TPP…

  • solidmatt

    You left out the new information revealed in these interview pertaining to the length of GZ. In the Giantbomb interview, Kojima states that the game will not be as long as the full-fledged Metal Gear games of the past. In another Kotaku article (http://kotaku.com/12-minutes-of-brand-new-metal-gear-solid-v-gameplay-1465078488), Kojima compares the main mission of GZ to the Tanker Mission from MGS2. He also compares it to the first 15 minutes of a Hollywood film. All of this points fairly clearly to a main mission that won’t be very long.

    • EyeHaveYou

      Which is exactly why I don’t want to buy a PS4 for it, just yet…

      • Nekkedsnake

        Might as well buy current gen version of it, like I am. There’s no real viable reason for me to get a PS4 until at least next holiday season. IT’s a great machine, but nothing worth going crazy over, ATM.

    • Nyxus

      I did include that information about it being comparable to the pre-title sequence of a Hollywood movie. I makes sense that it’s shorter than a regular MGS game, since it’s half the price and it’s a prologue.

  • Nekkedsnake

    “Kaz Miller may not appear on the cover of the Western release of the game, like he does in Japan. Reason is people’s unfamiliarity with the character due to Peace Walker’s poor sales.”

    This is just a poor reason Not to include Kaz, who is just as important to MGS as Snake, now that he’s been included in PW and especially MGSV as a whole. The box art looks badass! IF they’re going to change this, it should be for the better, not to take something away. eh.

    • Nyxus

      Unfortunately people apparently base their purchase partially on box arts, otherwise I don’t see why it would matter what they put on there.

    • William of Orange

      Same here. It’s like the box art issue with the last of us. Ellie supposed to be on the center of the cover. But it seems that girls on the front cover equals poor sales. Really weird when you think about it.

    • Jonny2x4

      Most likely KojiPro will just use a different render for the U.S. packaging. All the Metal Gear games have featured different packaging art between regions. If they’re not using the Snake and Miller art for the U.S., then I hope they’ll use the one we’ve been seeing since last year with Snake standing in the middle of a rain wearing his infrared goggles.

      Still, I wonder what makes Kojima think Kaz is unpopular in the U.S. The amount of Boss/Kaz fangirls I’ve seen says otherwise.

      I love how Kojima mentions Raid on Bungeling Bay (old C64 game) as one of his team’s influence for MGSV.

      • Nekkedsnake
        • William of Orange

          Lol, you just ruined my morning with that picture! Lets hope that this doesn’t become a unlockable uniform for snake !

        • Jonny2x4

          Unfortunately, that fanart lost its comedic appeal to me when it started being used by passive aggressive SJWs to make their point.

          • Nekkedsnake

            SJW?

  • William of Orange

    I took a look on the mgs V page and it seems that mgs PO isn’t canon, since it isn’t included on the timeline. Too bad, I enjoyed myself with it and it showed that you don’t need kojima to write the plot of every mgs installment and still have a ‘solid’ game

    • Nekkedsnake

      AGREED! I finished PO 3 times. To not include PO in the canon timeline is pretty baseless. I mean c’mon, it’s a sequel to MGS3 and includes friggin ROY CAMPBELL and how he and Naked Snake meet!! Gameplay mechanics was pretty much on point with MGS3. And honestly PW wouldn’t be what it is without PO. Base management, recruitment, using comrades to complete levels. It’s a great MGS game on psp and the controls are highly mappable to boot. Honestly it any MGS fan is really a fan they’d include PO in the canon, despite the timeline.

      • William of Orange

        Thanks for sharing, and aside from naked snake meeting campbell,gray fox,gurlukovich (although I thought that he was killed during the interrogation scene in mgs 3), it also explained why snake has the capability to fund an entire military group (foxhound,but you’ve played it three times, so I’m sure you know the plot of PO ) and thus the capability to fund outer heaven. So like I said, a great mg game that wasn’t even directed by mr kojima himself!

        • Nekkedsnake

          THANK YOU! Yes, Gray Fox (Null) and Gurlukovich, though I did find it super strange that Sokolov was still alive in PO even after Volgin killed him in MGS3 (retcons notwithstanding). PO explains how Big Boss gets the funds to build Outer Heaven from GENE!!! I keep explaining this to other people who don’t feel PO is canon. And while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it’s just a fact of the matter. Seriously, Kojima has retconned SO many things in the MGS story it’s bordering on hilarious, so this isn’t any different anyway. Spoilerish for those who haven’t played PO yet but, after Naked Snake defeats Gene in battle, he is given the funds AND idea to build his own “Army’s Heaven.” So through PO’s storyline, it was actually Gene who was the catalyst for this idea and not Big Boss, himself. This might be the reason why other fans Don’t consider PO canon. To me, it’s just as good of a piece of the bigger puzzle that is MGS.

          That part in the beginning of PW where Kaz tells Snake “finally we can leave all that crap in San Heironymo behind” to me is credible proof that PO is connected to PW in terms of story, no matter how small this detail is. And who is Paz similarly modeled after? Definitely Ursula from PO.

          1. they’re young teenage girls.
          2. they both work for the bad guys.
          3. they both manipulate Snake to a certain degree.
          4. they both piloted a Metal Gear to try to launch a Nuke!

          Way too many things involved with Portable Ops to discredit the game as non canon. That’s just my way of thinking.

          • William of Orange

            I’ve beaten this game once (i don’t own a psp), so I can’t recall the exact plot in chronological events.but the overall story and ending is something I do remember and I still think that the majority of this game is canon. But I can’t comment to much about this subject. Aside from MGR(beatin it,but I’ll never lay a finger on that disc ever again) ,MGA(they appear to be decent games, but I’m not into rpg games),MG:snake’s revenge(you don’t want to play this,trust me),MG Mobile (launched a decade ago, back when the Nokia NGAGE was still a thing) and MG Ghost Babel (I’ve beaten it once on a emulator and this is the best mg spin off on the market), my average amount of playthroughs of all the major mgs installments is 4.

          • Nekkedsnake

            I’m a bit of an MGS fan. bought the 1st gen psp Just cuz PO was gonna be on it. A good friend suggested I play MGS in 2006/7 when I also got my launch PS3 (bc compatible). I bought MGS2 used for $5 from gamestop and didn’t like it at first because of the awkward camera. I was coming off playing SOCOM 2 hah. On 2nd attempt I got intrigued by the story. After I beat MGS2 I was like “WTF was that? Gotta play again!” Then got my hands on MGS1. Talk about SICK. Got my hands on MGS3 Subsistence and that was my fave for a while. One neat trick i discovered while messing around was that, if you blow up a provisions storage where the enemies store their food, leave the level and go back again the enemies will start getting hungry and say things like “I’m famished…” and if you equip killed food that becomes spoiled over time, and toss it at an unsuspecting enemy they will say “OH MUNCHES!”, eat the spoiled food, then immediately have a stomach ache and pass out. Depending on the level of Spoil enemies either have a stomach ache or just die Right after eating the food. It was the dopest moment in gaming for me. I enjoyed MGS4 with the updated visuals and mechanics. I tried MGA but wasn’t into turn based games at that point, especially with an MGS game. If they did it like XCOM it might have worked better. I have the MGS Mobile game file but no way to play it. I played MG Ghost Babel rom on my hacked psp and a GBA emulator on my iPhone but didn’t finish it because I wanted to complete it properly on the right console. (tip: don’t play MG GB on touch phones! controls just suck haha) So after a long time I got myself 2 gameboy SP’s and actually found ONE copy of Ghost Babel in a retro shop in my city. MG GB is such an awesome spinoff! I still haven’t completed it because I have a huge back log of other games. PW is the only other MGS game I haven’t yet completed, even tho I put i over 110 hours. I like going back and redoing certain levels just for fun and a quick blast. I have a copy of MGR that I’ve beaten once. I was really excited when I got MGR, then that excitement died down after playing it. It’s just NOT an MGS game, too different. Yes I know it’s Raiden, but still. I did get the Free Cyborg Ninja skin and the Free Jetstream Sam DLC and Bladewolf DLC so I’ll try those at some point. Also, I own every MGS game about 3 times over. the most recent bundles I acquired were the HD bundles and the Legacy Collection.

            (apologies for the wall of text =P)

          • Nyxus

            That’s an impressive comment! It was a nice read. 😉

          • Nekkedsnake

            THANKS! btw i don’t think I’ve said this yet but i have a tab on my browser specifically for MGS stuff an Yours has been at the top of my list for a long time! MG Informer is my go-to site. always up to date and love reading member comments as they’re not always so derogatory and keep things nice, unlike some other sites i used to frequent. i also have my own blog site that talks mostly of MGS related stuff, among other things. when i see new info on my fave sites i source them to credit their find. i Source your site as well. keep up the good work NYXUS!

            btw heres my pg if you wanna have a peek:

            http://nekkedsnake.wordpress.com

          • Nyxus

            Thank you! I’ll have a look at your page.

          • William of Orange

            Finally someone that understands me, from the mgs 2 camera angle (mgs 2 is the only installment that I haven’t beaten on european extreme aka hardest difficulty, because of the tight level design and fixed camera angle, don’t get me wrong, I like mgs 1’s level design and topdown camera, but trying to defeat fatman on EE difficulty was impossible for me). And mgr, I’ve had fun with it, but forcing me to feel sorry for chopping police cyborgs down but you find out why they transformed themselves into cyborgs isn’t even near to the battle between BB and the Sorrow in mgs 3, that was brilliant! AndSenatorArmstrong was just a spoof on solidus and liquid ocelot, so I’ve finished it,sold it to a classmate for half of th price and hoped he liked it better than I do.

          • Nekkedsnake

            never tried EE with MGS2 so I’m sure you’re more of an expert! for me MGR was fun at first but I hate the way the camera works. it’s not as tight as it could have been. I actually bought it because the developers, PLATINUM GAMES, made Vanquish, which was an awesome game. The controls in Vanquish for me were MUCH BETTER than MGR, by far. and that Senator guy actually pissed me off. a villain that doesn’t really belong in the MGS universe. he feels tacked on. and boy was he a bitch to defeat.

            im back playing Portable Ops for fun, running around holding up enemies and kicking them while they’re down, haha. I’ve actually put in a cheat code in PO to get more S class soldiers and unlimited Life bar. it also lets me have more than one type of Naked Snake. give it a try if you have time.

            I also downloaded a game save after beating MGS4 a couple times that has all the face camo and and emblems among other stuff. so thats fun too.

          • William of Orange

            Thanks, but I don’t own a PS3/4. but if I buy the ps4 (it will arrive in europe in two weeks), I’ll take a look on PSN.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah,about that mgs 3 strategy you were talking about,that’s awsome! I usually dont pay attention to those strategies, but this strategy shows how creative you could be with sneaking. And I could talk for hours about MGR, but it would only cause dislikes by other users.
            Ps: For those who read this, I enjoyed the action and I know that the story and characters weren’t meant to be MGS worthy. So it’s just an opinion. if you don’t share the same one, fine by me.But don’t get angry about it.

        • Jonny2x4

          Gurlukovich wasn’t in MPO (although, I know you meant Sokolov, the Russian scientist guy).

          MPO is pretty much being treated as nothing more than a licensed fangame at this point, which is ironic when you consider how much of its marketing hype centered around how the PSP was finally getting “a real Metal Gear Solid game” and how you it was essential for filling blanks between MGS3 and the MSX2 games and understanding MGS4.

          Bringing back Sokolov was a dumb plot twist though. It was just a cheap excuse to recycle as many assets as they could from MGS3.

          I get the impression that most of the story in MPO was rewritten. There’s spoken dialogue in the original E3 2005 trailer that didn’t make it to the final game (Zero actually a has spoken line in it).

          • William of Orange

            My bad, I meant sokolov. Yeah, maybe your right about that, bringing sokolov was maybe a little bit silly. But I think that it’s still a good game, despite some parts like the one you mentioned. I personally had some issues with pw, some of them were minor (snake can aim through his right eye, ehh) and one another issue that used to bug me was the fact that BB told Kaz that the boss was a traitor, even if eva sends him tapes with evidence that she was loyal to her country. (I’ve discussed this a while ago with nyxus, and came with a good argument that changed my opinion about the original main ops ending)

  • PrinceHeir

    thanks for compiling all the info in one place Nyxus 😀

    seems Phantom Pain will be awhile before we see any of it ^^

    • Nyxus

      I’m pretty sure it will be 2015 for The Phantom Pain, which is why Konami decided to break up the game so they have something for 2014 as well.

      • Janeo

        I fear you are right it does seem like they have a while to go before phantom pain is complete I will still hope for a late 2014 release though. It’s a really good move releasing ground zeroes I know people think its a glorified demo but I just know it will contain lots of things to do and I will spend many hours on it. Do you think there will be a surprise map of mother base where you defend it from xof.

  • Janeo

    I really hope they decide to put kaz on the front cover here, he is one of my favourite characters I love the relationship him and big boss have you don’t see that kind of relationship between characters in any other game it’s a true bromance. He should be on the cover more people would have played peace walker now because the hd collections. By the way nexus I love your site it’s not often I see a true metal gear fan especially on all the mainstream video game websites.

    • Nyxus

      Thanks, glad you like the site!

    • William of Orange

      Kaz is making deals behind snake’s back and comes almost completely clean with snake at the ending of pw and is still in contact with zero afterwards, starts his own little war against zero (mgs v) and deliberately manipulates snake to join his cause to obliterate cypher from this planet and eventually betrays snake by aiding solid snake during the Zanzibar land disturbance. A real bro indeed, but he places his own goals and feelings above the essence of MSF, since they sided with the sadananista’s and thus causing multiple organizations and countries paying attention to them.

      • Janeo

        Well Kaz was in contact just so the could build up mother base, and why do you say he manipulates snake into joining his cause to destroy cypher I’m pretty sure snake has just as much reason as he does. How does kaz put his own goals above msf when his goal is to build up msf

        • William of Orange

          Snake formed MSF to help those who aren’t capable to fight on their own, but wouldn’t side with a particular party because they could interfere with global politics and thus having ‘the whole world on their tail’. Miller expanded it by making deals with cypher and the kgb, but it got out of hand. Kaz saw a future in this business and told snake that they could shape a new ‘war’ economy (foreshadowing mgs 4). Snake however, wanted msf to be a bit smaller, because they could interfere with the ‘times’ and make themselves look like terrorists/communists/etc. big boss eventually accepts the path he and kaz took and was ready to face the biggest beast and 1 year later, XOF commenced the attack on MB. The times was trying to reject BB and Kaz, but didn’t succeed.
          Anyway, miller is in Afghanistan, tells snake he wants their past back, but Kaz doesn’t accept that he brought this upon himself. And. that’s the big difference,. Sure, BB would be pissed of too, but he knew that reality would smack him in the face,.Kaz however,didn’t

          • Janeo

            It’s true kaz has done some questionable things but big boss obviously sees him as a true comrade someone you can always trust, I know they part ways but I don’t think it can be something as simple as one betraying the other hopefully we get to those events unfold sometime in the future. By the way im always glad to see such a passionate fan but until we see them actually betray eachother or something like that I will see the two as good comrades.

          • William of Orange

            Fine by me, I will stick with your vision untill they might betray each other.
            Again, they are comrades ( I admit that I wasn’t really clear about kaz’s and snake’s overall relationship), for example:in one of paz’s diary tapes, she talks about Miller’s womanizing behavior and snake tells kaz he shouldn’t be dating multiple female MSF soldiers. So kaz starts to get angry and punches snake in the face and start a “shower brawl”. Long story short, they’re both badly injured, but they both smile and start bragging about their power blows and injuries. Kaz tells snake that he’ll try to behave himself and they go on with their function and relationship at mother base. This shows that kaz wants to stay friends with snake, even if it means that he should change himself. True comrades, I say.)

          • Janeo

            Yeah that tape is hilarious a lot of those tapes are, it’s one of those things that just makes metal gear so much better then anything else around they didn’t have to put those in but they still did I have listened to hours and hours of tape it’s amazing how much effort is put into those games.

          • William of Orange

            Me too, I especially liked cecile’s tapes.
            Being patriotic about france, the wine,Picasso(very funny tape),macaroons,etc.,etc.

      • Nekkedsnake

        THIS!!!

        • William of Orange

          What do you mean?

          • Nekkedsnake

            i mean i agree with everything you said about Kaz up there. He’s as much an essential character in MGS as Snake. Kojima needs to keep Kaz’s mug in the NA box art! KAZ FTW!

          • William of Orange

            You’re getting awsomer by the comment! Indeed, KAZ FTW,.he is an intriguing character, don’t get me wrong.

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