Kojima answers (or rather avoids) questions about Zero and Solid Snake in Game Informer interview

Game Informer uploaded a video interview with Kojima (translated by Jorge Mendoza) about Metal Gear Solid V on their site. However, most of the information was already released earlier. On specific story questions Kojima mainly tried to avoid giving a concrete answer so he wouldn’t spoil the story, but here is the minimal information he was able to share.

When asked about the role The Patriots and Zero will play in The Phantom Pain, Kojima was very careful with his answers. “The only thing I can say: there is Skull Face, there is Major Zero.” he said. “The relationship between them will be portrayed.” On the relationship between Zero and Big Boss, Kojima simply said: “It will be portrayed.” He did add that it was not the ‘main topic’.


Responding to the question whether The Phantom Pain will bridge the gap between Big Boss’ and Solid Snake’s story, Kojima said, smiling: “I’m so tempted to tell you, and I shouldn’t. I really shouldn’t.” However, he concluded by saying that the games ‘will put things together in a very specific way’.

When talking about gameplay aspects, Kojima said that Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain play more or less the same, but because The Phantom Pain is a lot more open it does change how the game feels.

As revealed earlier, you will be able to walk around the base you’ve build in The Phantom Pain. “When you go back to the base, there will be several events.” Kojima told Game Informer. “It might be interesting to go back to the base every once in a while.”

Furthermore, Kojima said he wanted people who don’t have a lot of time to be able to play the game as well. There will be short missions, longer missions, and episodic chapters.

To watch the entire interview, head over to Game Informer’s website.

Source: Game Informer

  • Cartmangus

    Kojima is such a cutie

  • Bob Faget

    I hope we’ll finally get to see Zero as an active villain, the story tells us that he’s a bad guy after 3, but it hasn’t really showed it all that much.

    • Nyxus

      Yeah, although he’s more behind the scenes I imagine, not on the battlefield himself. I wouldn’t say he is a bad guy or a villain per se, his intentions were good but it got out of control, same thing as happened to Big Boss but in a different way.

  • Danny (Soundwave)

    I’m still curious about who the hell Ishmael is…

    • William of Orange

      He’s believed to be Big Boss’s sub-consciousness. He’s wrapped up in bandages, because it resembles BB’s state of mental recovery.

      • Danny (Soundwave)

        It would explain why they are both voiced by Kiefer.

      • Revenge of Anonymous

        Too simple an answer. I am a firm believer in the two Snakes theory which has concrete evidence behind it (different eye colors, multiple strands on the eyepatch, scar/no scar). It’s possible that Ishmael is one of the Snakes shown in the TPP trailers.

  • Fredy Carius

    Kojima says BB was in a coma only once… probably that ‘les enfant terrible’ coma was indeed a mistranslation

    • Nyxus

      Yes, he never wrote that in the original script, so I assume in his mind it never happened.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Hyped about the secrecy around Zero and Solid.

  • PrinceHeir

    It’s a shame that they’re only revealing Zero, which hasn’t made an appearance since MGS3. not even a hint of appearance in Peace Walker other than a call from Miller which we didn’t even hear him.

    Gene should have been the leader of XOF since he is the true successor of The Boss. the relationship pretty much mirrors one with Solid Snake and Liquid Snake.

    But of course Kojima didn’t made the game, so i doubt he’ll be using someones work as his own.

    and we already know that Big Boss won’t be fighting Zero physically, it might have a more mental cat and mouse game.

    and what about Gray Fox? so many characters he’ll need to reintroduce even though he could have done it in Peace Walker.

    oh well, just a month away now so now worries.

    • Janeo

      I really like the idea of a villain who isn’t a physical threat to big boss and believes what he is doing is the right thing it will make for some very interesting events. Don’t know why you didn’t like peace walker it wasn’t about bringing back old characters it was more about introducing new characters that may play an important role in mgs5 and letting us get to know older characters like kaz, it really seems like kojima had his next game in mind when creating peace walker which was an amazing game

    • William of Orange

      Gene? No no no, some stones are best left turned.
      Gray fox? He is present in TPP. I made a comment about that matter, a while ago.

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