Ground Zeroes’ earlier script involved Paz’ rotting corpse

Originally, some events in the story of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes were going to play out quite differently. In an earlier version, Paz’s dead body was lying in the cage next to Chico, forcing him to watch it gradually decompose. Kojima told this in an interview with Japanese gaming site 4Gamer. Quite gruesome.


It seems in line with the grim tone Kojima talks about a lot. The game director has said several times he aims for a dark, tragic story with this game, and he is not going to avoid shocking moments or taboo subjects.

Source: Junker HQ, via, 4Gamer

  • Shyne

    At least I enjoyed Paz’s laughter : P

    • solidfox

      That was creepy as hell.

      • Shyne

        In fact, GZ is entirely creepy. As it comes after a bright-themed story like Peace Walker.
        Well, Peace Walker was surprising, for me. Optimistic in comparison of other MGS games. So it was shocking to see what happened to characters like Paz and Kaz later in GZ.

  • Janeo

    I think the way they did it was better it shows how cold and calculated skull face can be. Does anyone know who the two people are at the end in the post credits I thought it was ocelot but people have been saying it’s skull face I have no idea who the girl is though

    • Skullface and Paz, I believe.

      • Janeo

        Oh ok that makes sense now I just thought it was ocelot because game informer said it was him plus he sounded different but I had no idea who the woman could be so it makes more sense that it is Paz. That makes skullface even more interesting now that we know he isn’t with cipher at all

    • RoderickThe13

      It’s Skullface and Paz. In fact that same conversation is in one of Chico’s cassettes, the sixth one I believe.

      • Kevin Kerr Music

        There is a tape where skullface commands a soldier (during tape 4 I believe ). The soldier replies with “Yes sir” that sounds a lot like Ocelot to me!

        We all know he was into torture.

  • NegaScott128

    This seems kinda similar to the prison escape in MGS1, where the DARPA chief’s corpse is in your cell.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      perhaps that’s the reason the scene was changed. the way the scene had been set up, if Kojima had went through with it, probably hinted at too many allusions to The Phantom Pain and later games so he changed it to what it is now so that we don’t know more until we play The Phantom Pain and keep the suspense up.

  • Solid Snakes Revenge

    That would have been cool but they woulda def had to make something else happen to make the mission a little longer because just goin to Chico’s cage would be way too short.

  • No Place For Hayter

    I wonder if it happened that way would they still have been able to develop Paz. Chico’s and Skull Faces character the way they did.

    Either way sucks because Paz dies 🙁

    • glitchbomb

      Most of the development comes from the tapes, which could still have been used.

  • Josue Quintana

    That Means he wanted to Chico Blow on the finish and then we pass to the TPP trailer escene

  • glitchbomb


    I Have to admit, that would have added another layer to how vindictive and disturbed Skullface is, and in turn compel me to get revenge that much more. They could have still included the tapes so you can hear all the other messed up stuff he has done.
    After reading this, If for some reason Chico doesn’t survive, I will be kind of let down, Not because I liked Chico much, but because they could have killed him in a more iteresting fashion, they could have done the rotted Paz bit and just have Chico be the Trojan Horse.
    Meh, guess we will see…

    • Jason Mounce

      I’m interested in his motives and how he was speaking to the ‘Agent’ in that one tape. Like, he was being dramatic but he seemed extremely sincere and genuine in wanting to find that EQUAL who survives and rises up. Someone who can ‘see’ him, someone who feels what he feels so he doesn’t feel alone anymore. He is a very interesting villain, hearing him say “Don’t DIE” twice hit me strongly. Only for the agent to die and him to return to his own disappointment in ‘yet another failure’. I’m going to imagine he’s going to become equally obsessed with Big Boss as Zero is, only problem is, Zero doesn’t want Big Boss dead, Skullface? Won’t care, if it means bringing Zero out of his hidey-hole.

  • mikeslemonadeFromN4G

    What the heck.. How is this common knowledge? Who are Paz and Chico?? Explain it to me so I don’t have to research next time.

    • You can’t expect me to explain every character for each post, this is a Metal Gear site. Try Google. 😉

    • Kamille

      play peace walker.

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