MGSV The Phantom Pain will have 30 minute (press only) demo and 5 minute trailer at E3

At this year’s E3, we can expect a 30 minute gameplay demo (which will however be only for the invited press) and a 5 minute trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This was announced during episode 8 of the English Kojima Station, which focused on the upcoming E3 show (starting next monday).

“This year what we’re going to do for E3 is focus more on gameplay.” Sean Eyestone explained. Tan ‘Jackie’ Ziang is going to be demonstrating the game at the show, while Sean Eyestone will be doing the narration.

It’s going to be a pretty long demo for E3 standards. Most demos take about 15 minutes, but for The Phantom Pain they wanted to do a 30 minute playthrough. “We really wanted to give them an in-depth look at the game.” They wanted to go through the whole flow of starting the mission and getting into it.


Phantom Cigar is an equipable item

The bad news for those watching online is that the gameplay presentation is going to be invite only, for select press. The gameplay demo will be exclusive for E3, and will not be available online (maybe it will eventually, but not right away).

They also mentioned that preparing a 30 minute demo takes about 300 hours of practice in advance. This may seem like a long time, but playing through a game and presenting one are two different things. “You have to be Snake.” Ziang explained. “You have to think what Snake thinks, you have to do what Snake does.” The camera plays a role as well. It has to be cinematic during the presentation, which means planning out the camera angles, so that everything looks right. Ziang did reassure that the gameplay demo will be great: “It’s going to be awesome.”


Tan ‘Jackie’ Ziang

Luckily there will also be a trailer, as was already announced. A ‘nice, meaty’ trailer of over 5 minutes. It will also be a bit ‘low key’ compared to other game trailers, so there won’t be explosions or car chases, as Kojima already mentioned on his Twitter. But, according to Sean Eyestone, it’s badass.


Cardboard box, AM MAS-4, WU S.PISTOL, hand grenade

In the last segment of the show the team answered some fan questions. One question was about the controls of Ground Zeroes. A listener wanted to know why the functions of the L2 / R2 buttons and the L1 / R1 buttons were switched between the PS3 and PS4 versions. The team responded by saying that the reason for this is that the triggers are different between both controllers. They changed it for the PS4 version, so that firing is done with the trigger, but they didn’t like the responsiveness on the PS3. Besides, people were already used to the control scheme because of previous games. As for configuration options, they are definitely going to look into that for The Phantom Pain.

It seems like the gameplay clip shown in the English version is slightly different from the one in the Japanese episode. One thing to note is that you can see the Fulton Recovery icon when Snake walks past a downed guard, and from this clip it looks like you no longer need to have the Fulton Recovery balloons equipped.


The team concluded by saying there is going to be a lot of information and coverage during E3.

Source: Kojima Station Episode 8 (English), Yongyea

  • Zero

    I wish the story trailer would be press only and the gameplay demo for the global audience beacause i’m sure ‘we’ are looking more into the gameplay now than the actual story which should be a surprise when playing the game.

    • Null

      True, but at the same time there will also be gameplay key factors that you probably wouldn’t like to know before actually playing it. I’m sure there’s a lot of gameplay improvement and some new stuff that they don’t want to show us just yet, it’s best if we find it out by ourselves when it’s launched. I don’t mind a 5 min trailer considering how long Phantom Pain will be. The GDC trailer didn’t reveal much more and it was still a great trailer. Plus, they’ll release it on Youtube channel eventually, E3 secrets usually don’t last much.

      • Zero

        Fair enough, let see how this turns out and i’m hoping that the gameplay footage gets leaked somehow.

      • The Solid Grape

        But that depends on what you’re looking at. If you’re talking about the whole game, the GDC trailer was well done and kept the story and the whole game ambiguous while still showing that story and the game itself. But even with all of that it showed us that Mother Base gets destroyed and a chunk of the hospital escape. It was a good trailer that got us hyped while keeping the remaining game concealed.

        But the one showed at E3 last year showed us what the main story of the game will be about plus some more and i think while it showed us a lot more of the story and more gameplay to build hype with non-Metal Gear fans. I’m pretty sure if got about 3 or 4 more of those types of trailers like we did with MGS4,then most of the game’s story will be spoiled before we get to play it. I sure hope it doesn’t come to that though.

  • Oscar Zulu

    “Beauty play” is something that they have to get just right, and there may be mistakes when doing it for a live audience. KojiPro might re-do the gameplay in their own studio at a later time and release it online. They did something similar with the TGS 2013 GZ beauty play, I think.

  • flying_fox

    I understand what they’re trying to do, hype up their stuff and all, but this is really a low blow.

    If it’s ever released to the public, we will probably not get 30 minutes anyway.

    Well, they better not screw it up like the Game Informer review. Those journalists need to know what they’re talking about, and Konami needs to give them all details and explanations, not just show them a cardboard box and a day/night cycle.

    Can’t wait for the trailer though!

    Oh, and those controls for PS3 are actually very good! After having played GTAV, I was so glad that finally, someone noticed that L2 and R2 are not adapted to aiming and firing.

    Have you seen the new feature of the binoculars? Placing a marker with L2. It should be useful, considering how big the map will be.

    • Golgari

      I think you are exactly going to have 30 minutes of gameplay. Not just 30 minutes from the press that can make few mistakes (even if it was prepared it can’t be perfect.) You are going to get full 1080p video with perfect gameplay from the KojiPro studio.

      They are going to do it. Right now Konami is trying to work with the press. These guys in general will hype the train. Fans already have a an opinion about the game. They played GZ and tried a lot of things.

      It’s happening.

      • flying_fox

        OK, I hope you’re right!

        Let them work with the press for the moment, then. It will give us more time to decipher everything in that trailer. 😉

        • Golgari

          and another thing.

          In the past if you remember they did gameplay presentations of GZ first for the press than they showed it to the public. (2 gameplay trailers. One at night and one was at day cycle)
          Also, don’t worry. You will get tons of info after the press presentation so Metal Gear news will be all over the place. Next week is going to be crazy for Metal Gear fans.

          • VicBoss

            Hel yeah, it will be a huge week for us. But i share a little the fear to have a misunderstanding between journalist and KojimaProduction team. MGSV already had a lot of bad buzz, if they can avoid one more ^^.

    • LukesAlike

      Yeah, I forgot the controls were switched. I was wondering why people were chattering about the firing controls on PS4, as I played GZ on PS3…

  • Hellrasinbrasin

    …Odds are Konami and Kojima Productions won’t let the public see the E3 2014 Demo until TGS 2014.

  • I just want my favorite online game back… Hurry up, Kojima! q.q

  • Zero

    Send Nyxus to E3 to the bootcamp so we get a proper review of Tpp gameplay. As flying_fox said “Those journalists need to know what they’re talking about”.

    • Janeo

      Yes it would be nice to get an actual fan to see the game I remember when they showed GZ to the press and they all said the exclamation point was not returning I just can’t trust the press when it comes to metal gear

  • Datguy8923

    Please let that 30 minute footage be leaked…

    • Dude

      In order for it to be leaked, someone would have to record it. If it’s invite only, they’re not going to allow cameras.

      • Anonymous GX

        They don’t allow cameras in theaters either.

        • Shalashaska

          Theaters are also much bigger and unsupervised. There’s going to be like 20 people watching the footage with Kojima Production staff hanging around. No one is going to be able to record it.

          • Anonymous GX

            Things have been leaked from behind closed doors before. Like the Zelda poster from E3 2009 for example.

  • crimsonfox
    • ObsessedGeorge

      That was my reaction when l watched Undertaker lose to Brock Lesnar…

      • crimsonfox

        I was watching Wrestlemania with a group of about 15 old friends from junior high. When the ref counted to three all we did was look at each other with our mouths slightly open, when we all started saying “What the fuck just happened” and then this beautiful man entered my life.

        • ObsessedGeorge

          Yeah, l remember the crowd’s reaction. The cheapest way to end Taker’s streak. By the man who he hated the most out of all his opponents. I can’t believe this is the way that WWE wants us to remember how the legend died.

          • crimsonfox

            I know how you feel man, But I think from a keyfabe perspective no one else would really be able to pull it off. Lesnar is a legit UFC champion, a legit brutal dude. If they would have given the streak to a new up and comer it would have over shadowed anything else they’d ever do in their career. For Lesnar it’s just another accomplishment :/

            Hopefully he fully intends on fighting one last match and he’s able to pull out all the stops one last time. And even though they are old dudes. It would be awesome to see Sting and Taker go at it. And him losing to Lesnar puts his chances of losing are actually there. Before he lost, him winning was a sure thing. Now if it were to happen it would be really hard to guess who’d win that bout.

          • Janeo

            I’m glad he lost to Brock in the end it’s better then someone like cm punk beating him who I now hate. I’m hoping he comes back next wrestlemania at least for a rematch with Brock. The shield is something I’m still upset about though I loved those guys wonder if they would just be a tag team now

  • Dude

    When did they say that it won’t be shown to the public? I watched the whole video and don’t remember them saying this.

    • 18:10 – 18:40 in the video.

      • Dude

        Thanks. That sucks, though. I was really excited for that. Hopefully IGN’s live demonstration actually happens.

  • PrinceHeir

    Ehh i don’t really mind.

    Plus they’re gonna a show a even more improvement of the demo at Tokyo Game Show 2014 for people to see and play hands on, so just expect it there better than E3 just like what happened last year.

    E3 is just a bunch of trailers, fancy “Journalist” BS talk that games barely got any coverage and you’ll just hear them more than the games themselves.

    TGS is for actual games, people testing it and having hands on experience. Plus booth babes for all to see!

    TGS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>E3 by a mile.

    • Schmojima

      beautiful. ^3^

    • crimsonfox

      Wow. I straight up zoned out till 1:40 seconds watching this video up untill the battlefield dude. I intentded to skip through it, I couldn’t help but watch.

  • Ian Reay

    they have done it again, while the Japanese sho is weekly and lasts for up to 1 hour 30 mins, we have to wait a fort night for the Eng show and only get a horrible 30 mins i mean whatup with that, 2weeks for 30 mins come on, :/ i saw the gameplay on the Jap show yday, so missed nothing, just have to say by far the worst episode so far and i always lookfoward to them too:/

  • Cody

    Does anyone know if we are going to get a REAL codec or a radio that is similar to the Codec that was present in previous games? One of my favorite things to do is just call someone over the Codec several times to see what they are going to say and what stories or information they are going to share. I really loved the Codec. It provided so much depth and it really made me see how much effort they put into the game. I really hope that it’s not like the radio in Ground Zeroes.

    • PrinceHeir

      Probably not unfortunately.

      Tough the good thing is that they could just use their surroundings for radio call on certain things.

      Like using binoculars and can use codec if you see something like a guard or a camera.

      I actually thing this is smart since it makes the experience seamingless and focus more on gameplay than cutscenes. You can’t even pause the game when accessing the map menu so i think this is the direction their going with the series.

      They would probably save the long conversations on hidden tapes though.

    • From what we heard it will be different from MGS GZ:

  • MrS

    I can’t be the only person who finds the English language episodes almost unwatchable due to the amateurishness of the production, can I? It’s just awful!

    • Ian Reay

      not a fan of that max preston guy, ruining the show going infron of the camers in a cardboard box then just leaving also we get 30 mins every two weeks, the japanese get 1 hour 30 every week ????

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