Kojima confirms Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will have boss battles

Unlike Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, The Phantom Pain will have boss fights. Hideo Kojima confirmed this in an interview with Eurogamer Portugal. “In The Phantom Pain you’ll have many missions where there will be bosses at the end of a mission”, Kojima explained. But since it’s not a linear game, you don’t have to pass a specific part to proceed in the game. Wether you have to fight a boss or not depends on the path you decide to take.


So while the Ground Zeroes mission doesn’t have any bosses, certain missions in The Phantom Pain will have bosses at mid-point or at the end.

In the same interview, Kojima stated he originally wanted MGSV to be a launch game for PS4 and Xbox One, but because The Phantom Pain is such a huge game, he did not have enough time to complete development.

On the graphic scenes (such as Paz bomb extraction), Kojima explained he wanted to show this directly to the player, without hiding anything. With the new consoles he could show these kinds of scenes more faithfully, as they are in reality.


When asked about his involvement in future Metal Gear games, and always coming back to the series, Kojima said his friends call it ‘Miyazaki syndrome’, because he also always says it will be his last animation movie. Kojima said he may continue as a producer, but this will be the last time he is involved so heavily (he is responsible for about 80% of the game).

Answering to the question if he’d be interested in working on the Silent Hill franchise, Kojima said that if he can help with a reboot that would be good for the series, he would be delighted to do so.

To watch the whole interview, go here.

Source: Eurogamer Portugal

  • i think there wasn’t many people doubting the appearance of boss fights, but it’s nice to have a confirmation anyway (:

    • Yeah but there was come uncertainty, because Ground Zeroes didn’t have any boss fights either.

      • Jason Mounce

        The boss fight in Ground Zeroes – is the entire fucking game on HARD MODE if you know what I mean. No kills, no retries, no being spotted?

        Harder than all MGS bosses combined. I proclaim MGS5 to have more potential to be harder than god damn Dark Souls 1/2. Seriously.

        • Janeo

          That’s sounds extremely terrific I love an mgs challenge

          • Jason Mounce

            It truly is, I wouldn’t buy it if a person says they S’d it with ease, I’m the kind of MGS fan who played and got S rank in all of Peacewalkers missions. Just am not hardcore enough to play MGS1,2,3,4 to get Big boss rank or anything XD That’s too much. But since MGS5 is constructed like Peacewalker, I’ll be trying to perfect it again, I’m only unsure about the Time Trials…..I always hate time trials, I hate playing a game and being on a timer…

          • Janeo

            Yeah I’m not usually a fan of time trials but I think it should be ok with a metal gear game. I am currently going through all of peace walkers side missions s ranking all of them since GZ got delayed here I will start peace walker all over again before TPP and try to 100% although I’m not sure I can beat zeke on my own

  • Fredy Carius

    but will we fight a Metal… Gear?!

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      Wouldn’t be Metal Gear if we didn’t.

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  • Zven

    I love how dark and violent and gritty and graphic the last scene in Ground Zeroes is, I’m happy they didn’t hide anything. And it looks like The Phantom Pain will have even more of it… can’t wait.

  • Solid Snakes Revenge

    That would be cool if he helped with silent hill but I’d rather him stick with metal gear or juggle both if he can.

  • Kinho

    He also said in this interview that The Phantom Pain would not take much time to be released ! This is pretty good news =D

  • madbads

    I want to know if PP will have big unique missions , something like tanker mission in MGS2 or similar. Or just “raiding” pointless military bases all the time..

    • Patrick Esdam

      Well for what we know right now, there will be side missions, and there will be main missions.. I believe I’ve also heard something about other users will be able to create their own missions, if I’m not mistaken.

  • Patrick Esdam

    This is kind of a givin, but always good with some confirmations.
    By the way, for people with Ground Zeroes, how much did you laugh after you rescued the the undercover agent on the Helicopter mission?

    • Danny (Soundwave)

      I pretty much died after finishing that mission, especially when I went back to the mission select screen xD

    • Heinz Catsup

      It was funny to say the least.

    • i laughed a lot, even more with miller’s comments “this guy is such a pro!” and also the last line when he is on the helicopter

  • PrinceHeir

    Finally some boss fights!! Hmm i wonder if Big Boss will fight Ocelot once more? Maybe Big Boss realized he was just being used or something.

    I hope Kojima will have the balls to add even more gruesome scenes. Maybe outdo what The Last of Us can do?

    • Jack Penbar

      I doubt it. As far as I know, Ocelot idolizes Big Boss. Up to the end, he was devoting his life for Big Boss.

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  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    that’s right Kojima. you had better not omit those boss fights or else you were about to lose a faithful fan here.

  • Michael Montanez

    This is great news! All i hope is that the boss fights arent like Peace Walker. Dont get me wrong I LOVE PEACE WALKER but the boss fights in that game were all against some type of tank or vehicle. I want it more like MGS2 MGS3 MGS4 where the boss fights are actual people you have to shoot or CQC. OMG a CQC boss fight with Skull Face would be so great!

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  • Cartmangus

    Fantastic news about boss battles, I had my doubts about it but I am super happy to hear they’re back

  • Jimmy Dean

    Wait so you can skip over bosses? absolutely retarded

  • bore

    Is radien in it ?

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