Kojima: The Phantom Pain will come out when there are many PlayStation 4 owners

In a recent interview with Famitsu, Kojima talked about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s planned release. He explained again that the development of The Phantom Pain is a huge undertaking that is going to take some more time before completion.

This is one of the main reasons Ground Zeroes will be released separately: to give players a little something to hold them over until The Phantom Pain releases.


Kojima initially wanted to release the Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain parts as one game, but after showing it to the public, as well as the Fox Engine, people were under the impression the game was going to come out in the near future. Because of this, Kojima received requests to hurry up with the game, after which the current release schedule was conceived.

To give at least some indication of when we can expect the game (although it’s about as vague as it gets), Kojima said The Phantom Pain may come out when a lot of people have a PlayStation 4. This interview was held during the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York. Though with the successful launch of Sony’s new console, this may be sooner than Kojima expected.

Source: Kotaku, via MGS.be

  • Golgari

    So 2015. That is a huge mistake IMO. Too long to wait for the game that shares Current gen and Next gen technology. It sure looks impressive right now, but after 2014 year…

    • Nyxus

      I’d rather have Kojima and his team take all the time they need than rush it out before a certain time. The game looks great anyway.

      • William of Orange

        And that’s where I’m afraid for: crunching. GZ seems to release earlier then it intended to be and I also wouldn’t mind to wait a bit longer for a highly anticipated game.

        • Nyxus

          True, but since GZ is relatively small, maybe they have enough time to polish it.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, but what would kojipro do to keep gz interesting?
            DLC? Co-op? Also, from what I can gather about mgs v is that this almost is a military simulator. Preparing escape routes on your ipad/tablet, minimalistic HUD, bullet drop,various ways of transportation, (probably)coop mode. If there was a possibility to destroy buildings (similar to the BF series), than I am certainly convinced that mgsV recieves the goty status!

          • Nyxus

            Well so far the replay should come from the side-quests and the fact that missions can be replayed for rankings and such. Not sure if they’re planning DLC for the game.

          • William of Orange

            And the exclusive content for both the PS4 and xbox one, of course

      • Golgari

        I’m not against the idea of 2015 or 2016 release date for MGSV:TPP. Quality>Quantity. I’m afraid that journalists will rip apart MGS:GZ for being too short and then they will call MGSV too late for the party.

        + all this talk about “Many Playstations” could mean that KojiPro wants to please Konami shareholders because the game probably cost a lot of money with Top Tier actors and engine+assets.

        I want this game to be a masterpiece and I hope that everything will work out for Kojima. you know me. I love KojiPro and Metal Gear 😉

      • flying_fox

        Normally I would agree that they should take their time (and the MGS fan in me agrees) but Golgari has a point there. Games which are both on current-gen and next-gen are coming out now… not in 2015.

        I remember in August 2012, first GZ trailer, everyone said “wow this is next-gen for sure”, etc. A year later, at TGS 2013, a lot of people said: “not impressed, the animations suck”, etc. Though this time, it really was a next-gen demo!

        Something happened in one year, which could happen again between the release of GZ and TPP. We don’t know what next-gen will bring tomorrow. This is not like MGS2, Koji Pro did not technologically crush the competition with a single trailer (or they did for a moment, but it’s obvious that things change faster today than in 2001, and the attention of gamers is more divided).

        Now, I don’t really care, because I think other games cannot even compare to MGS. 🙂 But not every potential buyer thinks this way, and I’m just worried how TPP will be received, both critically and commercially, if it’s launched in a year and a half.

        • Nyxus

          Maybe, but on the other hand, if the game is so big and ambitious that it will take this long, it might truly be something special that turns out to be worth the wait.

          • flying_fox

            Yes, it will be something special, I’m sure of it. I expect more from MGSV than any other upcoming game, by far. As I said, I can wait! 🙂 Especially since GZ will be released sooner.

  • PrinceHeir

    hmm it would be amazing if MGSV, FFXV(or KH3) would released on the same year(2015)

    now that would one of the BIGGEST push for PS4 for sure!

    and maybe add in The Last Guardian!!!

    • Anon G

      Not with the multiplat cancer that Kojima laid down this time.

      • Benjamin Ibbetson

        I’m really not sure how multiplat is ‘cancer’. Are you not happy that lots of people get to play a good game?

        • Indian_customer

          Stop with the “both console win” and act so “social”

          PS4 rules!!

          • Benjamin Ibbetson

            I’m sorry where did I mention either console?

            We’re talking about multi-platform releases. Your comment just isn’t constructive. Go troll somewhere else.

        • Anon G

          Sorry buddy. They really are. They’re the worst thing that happened in the seventh gen and I’m sick of seeing them now. At one point you could actually call the consoles different because they truly had different games, now there is no point in owning any console, it’s a matter of what color you like. 10 years ago if you wanted to play Final Fantasy or Grand Theft Auto you needed a PlayStation. If you wanted to play Halo, Dead or Alive or Ninja Gaiden you needed an Xbox. If you wanted Zelda or Mario you needed a GameCube. Each exclusive took advantage of its console’s hardware so you could tell, “yep, that’s a XXX game”.

          Now the multiplats never ****ing end, and I’m not even a fanboy of anything except PC. Looks like I’m sticking to it, too.

          • Benjamin Ibbetson

            I agree with you in the sense that multiplats have become more prevalent although you still need an xbox for Halo, playstation for uncharted, Nintendo for Zelda etc. so I’m not sure if it’s quite as bad as you make it sound.

            However why is this a bad thing? I’ve not heard a convincing argument giving an actual, tangible reason why third party games being on all systems is a bad thing. The only thing I can possibly think of is homogeneity but judging by the fervour with which fanboys extoll the virtues of their chosen console’s exclusives, this doesn’t seem to be an issue either.

            Ultimately, I’m just enjoying the fact that by owning just one console this passing gen, I’ve played (almost) all the games I wanted to.

            Perhaps there’s something I’m missing but I’d say yearly sequels and ‘brown’ syndrome are more of a problem.

    • ObsessedGeorge

      The Last Guardian! Yay! Or… nay? Maybe E3 2014. Here’s hoping!

      • Yosp

        Don’t worry. After all that faulty PS4s fiasco in europe, it’s expected. The faulty ones are good to increase the PS4 sales number, regardless. Broken or not, it’s a sold to us. We expect another 1 Million number to rack up…. even more!

        Major Butthurt will ensue, prepare for a flood of tears or go hiding to wipe them with Panty-O’s, Kleenex, or other major tissues. Failing to follow this instruction will result in massive forehead hair loss. 🙂

  • Randgriz

    Makes sense, im getting a feeling itll be released well in the future of japans launch

    • William of Orange

      It’s konami’s home turf and the xbox one isn’t even planned to be released on the Japanese market.

      • Nyxus

        Xbox One is planned for next year in Japan actually. Not that I expect it to sell many systems.

        • William of Orange

          Same release window as holland? Still don’t get that, not that i’m intending to purchase the xbox one, but xbox fanboys have to import the xbox one from Germany.

          • Nyxus

            Yeah, kind of crazy it comes out months later in certain European countries than it does in others.

          • William of Orange

            What? I thought that the Benelux was the only one with a 2014 release window. What a dick move,ms!

          • Nyxus

            Actually it has been delayed in 8 European countries.

  • Brett

    For anyone to say “hurry up” is beyond absurd. I’ve seen the destruction to be had when they begin to rush. I would much rather have a game take longer if it leads to a better product.

  • Ilja Y.

    Gonna buy the PS4 along with GZ

    • Nyxus

      Got mine yesterday. 🙂

      • Sorahearts

        Got mine today

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Count as one of those PlayStation 4 owners, Kojima 😀

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