Kojima explains the gameplay structure of MGSV: The Phantom Pain

During Episode 26 of Kojima Station, Hideo Kojima gave some more insight in how the missions in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will work in relation to the open world gameplay.

The game director explained you can go anywhere in free roam, however once you’re in a mission, there’s a specific mission area. If you leave that area during the mission, you fail said mission. When you’re free roaming, you can go around the game world freely doing side quests and other things.

So, a pretty common system for open world games, but it sounds like you can just mess around in the game world without having to select a mission.


During the show, the hosts also talked about something that was mentioned earlier at TGS: language will play an important role in the game, as well as how communication nowadays has become written rather than spoken. Speaking about this topic, Kenji Yano also pointed out character names such as ‘Quiet’ and Code ‘Talker’.

Source: Kojima Station Episode 26, via JunkerHQ

  • So it’s pretty much like GTA..?

    • flying_fox

      No, it’s actually going to be a good game. 🙂

      Anyway, we don’t really know yet. We don’t know exactly how missions will be selected, or if all areas in a level will be available from the start.

      Something tells me it’s going to feel completely different from GTA, much more mission-oriented. I’m actually amazed, I wasn’t expecting a free-roam mode (but I welcome it).

      • MrVux007

        I think it will be more like Red Dead Redemtion mission mechanics which is bloody briliant game

        • flying_fox

          How does it work in RDR, again? Sorry, it’s been a long time. 🙂

          • MrVux007

            You start a mission by going to a certen location in the world ….once u start a mission you have some boundaries like areas you cant leave or partners you cant stop following etc….beyond that its a free roam 🙂

      • im a dot

        one thing I wonder is if the game continues after failing a main mission or resets the mission because it’d be odd for snake to repeat the same thing like it never happened after leaving

      • ShogunTake

        Except GTA is a good game.

      • Toni Ymeri

        I think that we will select missions from our iDroid when we are out in Afghanistan or Africa and Kaz will send us the next mission once we finish a mission.

  • thetrooper1989

    The wait ….is killing me. Hopefully this alleviates any fears about the maps being too small/constricted.

    • datdude

      I have the same fear of the maps/areas being small based on the development having to cater to 360 and ps3 last gen tech. I really wish MGSV was ps4/xbone/pc only.

      • MrVux007

        Just imagine Silent Hills FOX engine visuals in MGSV ^^ …..still the game looks rly impressive for a cross gen

      • Teesside Tyrant

        Haven’t you seen the map comparison?

        http://i.imgur.com/NJuCqsP.jpg – Those colours are the maps of the previous instalments. That big map is just the desert area. There’s also a jungle area (shown at TGS) and probably others we haven’t seen yet.

        The blurry half at the top is also the map.

    • Teesside Tyrant

      Haven’t you seen the map comparison?

      http://i.imgur.com/NJuCqsP.jpg – Those colours are the maps of the previous instalments. That big map is just the desert area. There’s also a jungle area (shown at TGS) and probably others we haven’t seen yet.

      The blurry half at the top is still part of the map btw.

  • MrVux007

    So that explains the map markings shown on the Idroid map of Afghanistan during the E3 gameplay demonstration…..

    • flying_fox

      Yes, it was pretty obvious back then.

      • MrVux007

        i actually thought that those were just borders that were marking enemy bases or settlements …. but then again maybe we are both wrong

  • Ricardo Oe

    Where is the news ???

    • This is it.

      • jsizzle Johnson

        hes just looking for a release date and skipping over everything else

        • Oh, that’s a shame. It’s not going to make the game release any faster.

  • Big_Boss88

    Sounds great to me Kojima-san. I will spend so much time with this game 😀 !

  • LukesAlike

    Plez release RD.

  • Toni Ymeri

    Thanks for the useful information. I was actually expecting to be full open world even during missions, but to be honest I don’t really mind the restrictions because we will have more than enough space to infiltrate for a mission and we would never go to the other side of the map during a specific mission anyways. How do you guys feel about this?

    • Maybe it would be too easy to just flee from an area. In any case, it should be fine, once you’re in a mission you’ll probably be focused on that mission anyway.

    • jsizzle Johnson

      yeah i wouldnt like the open map missions because that would get silly and probably bring in a wealth of glitches. it will be fine in restriction

  • im a dot

    this game will be the best. every time I play GZ I get excited and cant wait for TPP

    • MrVux007

      You feel it to dont you ?

      • Venom Snake

        “I’m gonna make then give back our past (years of waiting)”

  • lovingdagamesdudez

    I farted.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      omg shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • datdude

      I suggest you sew up the offending orifice.

  • Venom Snake

    So it is Free Roam After all, i knew it, but still not GTA Free Roam, which means that is Red Dead Redemption Free Roman, and that i mean that you have some limitation, but never feeling limited.

  • Harlem Araújo

    Anyone knows if it gonna have to be instaled on the hard drive ? Even if it is, Can I use a pendrive? since I do not have space on my HD.
    Also sorry for my English, i’m still learning.

  • PrinceHeir


    I don’t really mind reading subtitles and just doing the mission. I do feel like the game will focus more on body language and expressions instead of voice dialogue which is fine for me.

  • Janer Ismail

    Sounds fine to me, not that i havent played free roam RPGs, just MGS sounds little bit weird like that. MGS to be played like Skyrim, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Fallout etc hmmmm. What was wrong with the old way? But lets se

  • Mini gear

    I’ll spend at least 10000 hours of my life with this game I think

  • 5V5

    Nice.I thought it wouldn’t have Free Roam

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