Kojima Productions seems to be holding play testing sessions for MGSV: The Phantom Pain

The development of Metal Gear Solid V has proven tough due to the ambitious nature of the game. It seems like Kojima Productions is now doing play testing sessions for the game, meaning they’re letting people play parts of the game to gather feedback.

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“Play & check.”

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“Open world game tutorial’s hard compare w/ linear game as it can lock players in small area and gradually let go broader space. Being able to go anywhere & find things by oneself is ideal for open world.”

By JunkerHQ (translating Kojima’s comments): “Looks like they’re doing play testing sessions for MGSV. Kojima talking about how tutorials are difficult this time. In a linear game you would start the player in a small area and gradually expand what they can do, but you can’t do that in open world stealth. Ideally the player can go wherever he wants and can discover things himself.”

If you remember Ground Zeroes was also meant as sort of a tutorial to The Phantom Pain, letting players get used to the new gameplay style while keeping it a bit more limited than the main portion of the game. The Phantom Pain is going to be a lot larger in scale, containing far bigger environments, gameplay mechanics such as dynamic weather and an day-night cycle, and will give the player a lot more options to play around with.

Kojima also said: “The phase of adjustment takes place before the phase of difficulty setting or debugging. Putting together all the elements based on the plan. Checking like is it alright? is it fun?or good in balance? and fix those is the most important phase for action game. It’s close to editing phase in term of film making but for game development this is the beginning of the main part.”

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“Having a break.”

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“Daizaburo’s Snake. Look at the horn.”

Another interesting piece of information (from JunkerHQ): “Also, it’s missing from the official English tweet, but Kojima hints again that the horn becomes bigger”.

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Lastly, Kojima compared game development to preparing a meal. And, because we’re talking about Kojima here, it’s like dining at a 5-star restaurant. Again, translated by JunkerHQ.

“It’s like a multicourse meal. You individually create recipes for, cook, season, and serve the appetizer, palate cleanser, main course, desert, drinks, and so on. You also prepare the table, tablecloth, tableware, and even flowers. You taste everything over and over again in the order it’ll be eaten. Even what was perfect individually will need to be flavored or served differently according to what comes before and after it.”

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter (1,2), JunkerHQ

  • Mr.Pony

    For every tease Kojima makes, an innocent MSF soldier dies with fiddles playing on the background

  • Javier Sosa

    Sad Snake.
    A non funny legend

  • MrVux007

    Its getting bigger….and bigger….Aaaand BIGGER! (thats what she said)

    • Cassio

      LoL

  • Altaim

    “The phase of adjustment takes place before the phase of difficulty setting or debugging. Putting together all the elements based on the plan. Checking like is it alright? is it fun?or good in balance? and fix those is the most important phase for action game. It’s close to editing phase in term of film making but for game development this is the beginning of the main part.”

    In other words, the game is not going to coming out any time soon T_T
    the wait is killing me

    • Big_Boss88

      Lets hope they do it fast, but also very well.

    • Ilja Y.

      I bet TPP will be released december this year

      • Big_Boss88

        Lol, if it will…well I don’t know what I might do. So many more months would make me go insane.

        • im a dot

          id probley just die from shock

        • Shalashaska

          nah.. if they are open testing now, im guessing 6months is a good time for release.. that means its a sure june release 😛 Sad :'( But still.. if for some dam reason its’ delayed… “poof” is what will happen to my insides :’/

      • Timmy Hortons
        • Venom_Sina

          If they do that,there will be a giant gap between GZ & TPP,which is not acceptable.Plus,if that happens,I WILL KILL MYSELF!!!

      • im a dot

        coming in… 9 years

      • Tom Obrien

        garuntee you its march 🙂 im thinking march 20th through to the 29th.thats my timeframe.if its not out by then………..i’ll just wait longer

    • NCell

      I think that it means that right now, when all the game’s content has been created, this is the hardest part, letting it all come together, after this both adjusting the difficulty and debugging should be a lot easier (although debugging an open-world game is always complicated).

    • Timmy Hortons

      True, ur right, I don’t see it coming out before July-September or even later… 🙁

    • Smitty

      I think he means the main part is all of it coming together, like you make a puzzle, get some machinery and cut it up all into 1000 unique pieces, and then ship it out. Making the puzzle isn’t the main part, it’s putting it together with family and friends that makes it good.

  • Bigbossmsf1974

    Wish I cloud be the one test playing the phantom pain right now gggrrrrmmmm.

  • MrVux007

    Told ya guys don’t expect anything before May or june

    • Big_Boss88

      Hmm we’ll see, as I’m not a pro at game developing phases. But i don’t know how long these things take, putting the game together etc. I kinda hope it would come before May, maybe not gonna happen but I don’t lose hope yet xD.

      Anyway because The Witcher 3 release in May ’cause of delay and it is one of my most anticipated games after TPP :). Although…I will be playing TPP non-stop for months I guess, so buying other games might do me no good lol.

  • Big_Boss88

    Must be quite difficult going from linear to open world style, but Kojima can handle it :). That horn though…darn it looks cool, so demonic ;D.

  • Shalashaska Has Landed
    • Bigbossmsf1974

      That’s the most bad ass name l’ve ever seen anyone come with for avatar name……mother of god.

      • ThreeMadFrogs

        Indeed. I wish mine was better…

        • Bigbossmsf1974

          yeah me too ThreeMadFrogs, i guess we have to go back to mother base and help each other to come up with better ones.

        • Invader_skoodge

          I think mine is pretty kool…. :'(

      • Shalashaska

        Are you certain ?

        • Bigbossmsf1974

          yeeeaaa…..huh????……wait of min!!!!!……oh no no no i didn’t mean shalashaska has landed has the bad ass name….bu but you my shalashaska has the bad ass name….i was just kidding hahahahahahahaha( HA….you won’t led me in to that trap HAHA) so yeah you know huhuhuhhuha.

          • Shalashaska

            You are forgiven.

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Thank you so much my shalashaska, thank you……..(hehehehehehe….i”m…..pretty good.)

        • Shalashaska

          Who is this imposter?!?

  • ElAlca

    It looks like the horn is bigger…

    • In his Japanese Tweet, Kojima said it was bigger as well.

      • ElAlca

        Ah… lol, thanks. xD Do you remember the E3 2014 trailer?, the horn looks even bigger than this.

        • It may have something to do with his mental state, like it represents his demon side. Or, it may grow bigger over the course of the story.

          • Mr.Pony

            Big Boss using the horn as a spear. Ultimate CQC

          • Big_Boss88

            Or what if…Big Boss is really a demon :O!? After rising from the depths of hell. Then he grows a 2nd horn in the end of game and demonic wings :D.

            O_o

          • Mr.Pony

            All Haill The Dark Lord Big Boss!

          • solidsnack

            i feel like it will be both, the physical part being his body pushing out the debris like a splinter but the metaphor will also be just as important as the horn grows he descends into the demon persona.

          • Alex

            So when it finally pops out, he’ll be good guy again? lol

          • solidsnack

            of course not.. you don’t get a hunk of metal lodged in your brain without longterm effects! probably be a relief when that thing does drop off though. you misunderstood my comment.

          • Alex

            It was more of a joke, playing off the metaphor you had set up lol.

          • Alex

            But he is good again in MGS4 even if he’s not in MG1/MG2, so take from that what you will… lol!

        • im a dot

          at that size its starting to disorient my eye sight

        • Shalashaska

          Isolate his face and all you’ll see is a demon. Dayum. Has anyone noticed that tattoo kind of thing on his right arm? Is that only me ? I dont Ever remember Big Boss having anything like that .. look carefully.. its red/black o_O

          • I think it’s blood and dirt.

          • Shalashaska

            Yea it looks like that at first but if you look carefully it looks like its IN his skin.. not on it
            It sorta looks like the Diamond dogs’s symbol..its sorta the same shape

        • Tyrone_Mambalam

          I can only hope it’s eventually pushed out of his skull.

      • Raymondius

        Yup. The tweet also says “Daizaburo’s Snake”, who is the Production Manager of the game. If he is one of the testers, I think this could be a hint of the horn getting bigger depending on our actions, like a karma system. This possibility has been noticed in the past, but the fact that not every Snake will be the same could mean that.

    • Big_Boss88

      I wonder what happens to Snake when that horn finally comes off or is removed somehow.

    • im a dot

      no doubt about. everytime I see it its different

    • Javier Sosa

      I’m assuming the horn can’t be removed because it’s in a delicate area and it has to be let grow until it comes out of the head. It looks like a horn growing, off course, but it’s the human body taking out some residue.
      And it will be bigger until the moment it finally gets out of his head. In the end of the game.

    • decoyF0XX

      Have you guys forgotten how big it was in the E3 2014 trailer??

  • Venom_Sina

    Looks like they’re using PS4 for the test.Guys,take your time,find the bugs and squash them one by one,please!!!Thanks for the news,Nyxus.You’re awesome.

    • Thanks!

      • Bigbossmsf1974

        Yeees Nyxus…….thank you for all the updates and news on metal gear solid, this is by far the best website I’ve ever been on when it comes to mgs news. Keep up the work Nyxus…………..because I’ll be watching yoooooooooou.

        • Thanks… even if that last part was a bit creepy. 😛

          • Big_Boss88

            Yea Nyxus you’re our savior really, god bless you <3. I have maybe said this before lol o_O…

            But I wouldn't know how I could survive this waiting time without MGI and nice community :D. This is the first place I check whenever I connect to internet, every day XD.

          • Thanks, yeah, the community here is great!

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            No no no i meant it to be a joke, what happen was i posted a naruto picture on this comment earlier with a yamato scary face, but i guess because of the wi fi i’m using it didn”t upload. But sorry again Nyxus.

          • No problem I was joking as well. 🙂

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            thank you for understanding Nyxus.

  • Big_Boss88

    http://theeccentricgamer.co.za/mgsv-the-phantom-pain-two-or-four-months-away-from-launch/

    “So what does this mean exactly? Well, back in 2008 MGS4 was playtested for the first time by the press on 10 March, with the game releasing 59 days later on 12 June 2008. So that gives us the first window, which is around 2 months from now.

    However, MGS4 was first playtested back on 5 January 2008, which means if Kojima follows the same formula, we will all be playing the game in four months time at the latest. The idea of a release 4 months from now would mean Kojima is sticking closely to the timeline of MSG4 so many years ago.”

    It’s something most of us already know or guess, but lets hope it indeed release between 2-4 months. TPP being open world, it may take longer or maybe not :).

    • It’s a nice theory, but we must be careful not to apply MGS4’s development process directly to the one for MGSV. Due to the open world debugging and testing probably is a lot more complicated because of all the variables.
      That said, June sounds about right. Hopefully.

      • Big_Boss88

        Yeah I know, open world isn’t so easy :(. But it still give some hope when read things like this 🙂 !

      • Ken Shiro

        I don’t think the open world thing per se would prove to be as big an issue compared to MGS4, but the fact that it is on multiple platforms would prove a bigger hurdle I think. PS4 might have bug A that needs fixing, but X1 might have bug B that needs fixing etc.

        • Venom_Sina

          Yeah,you’re right.Plus We don’t know how many people got involved in this testing process.Depending on human resources,testing might take a few days or on the opposite side,it might take months to complete!!!

      • Shalashaska

        But hey.. you gotta remember that they are using the fox engine now SO MAYBE MAYBE just MAYBE We’ll be lucky to get a March release.. im not getting my hopes up but its’ a possibility.
        But then again, you can take that the other way around and say that they haven’t exactly mastered the fox engine yet so it may take time… either way.. lets pray/hope they release it soon. The wait is killing all of us.

    • Venom_Sina

      Thanks for the info.This is a good theory,but I think the development cycle of MGS4 is a little bit different from MGS5.MGS4 was a linear game,but MGS5 is open-world.I think testing and preparing MGS5 may take a little longer than MGS4.

    • Bigbossmsf1974

      That sound like a good theory big_boss88, but you forgot mgs4 was a more liner games than mgs5 more open world concept. But i hope you’re right ggggrrrnmm.

      • Big_Boss88

        Nooo I didn’t forget, that last 2 sentences are what I wrote :). TPP being open world which means it might take much longer, but I hope it come soon 😀 (we all do). I’m not a game designer so I dunno how long it really takes and how many people they got working on this.

        Kojima must be really busy with the game so I hope he don’t get a burnout of all the work and can finish the game without too much stress etc lol.

        • Bigbossmsf1974

          yeah your absolutely right about that big_boss88, but let’s both of us hope that it doesn’t take too long for kojima to get done developing this beautfil game.

  • Cmosfbincludestdioh

    i think even a june release date is not real by the times this game progress…

  • Mini gear

    If kojima gave the people who own ground zeros 1 mission from TPP to play test my heart would explode. That be great, and I could wait longer for TPP by play testing the game to death

  • im a dot

    my fiddle is ready this time… I hope this is true

  • Mini gear

    What if kojima at gdc ( if not pax this month ) announced its coming out tommorow

  • Bigbossmsf1974

    For the first time in all this years after playing metal gear solid 3 snake eater, I feel like I’m part of the boss and big boss legacy. I’m mean never really thought about it until now, I know l’ve been on a long journey with big boss and solid snake and seen there’ll story’s, there’ll lives, and there’ll struggle. But not once did I put myself in there’ll shoes, to feel like l’m apart of them, and I think that’s what Kojima sensei been gunning for this whole time with his fan base, to make us feel like we’re all apart of the boss, big boss and solid snake legacy. Oh god I’m about to start crying again the memories the feelings, but anyway, what I’m trying to say is oh god the tears are running down my face, is that for the first time in my life I feel like I am apart of big boss, I feel like I am big boss. Don’t you guys my fellow msf/diamond dogs soldiers feel the same way, I believe this is what kojima has been gunning for with us his loyal soldiers. V for big boss

    • Big_Boss88

      I feel it too… and I understand what you mean. Also I don’t think there’s any other game saga out there, that make me feel the same way about characters or story like MGS does ;)…

      Reading your post makes me want to go and replay all the games again and I just might do that. Thanks :)!

      • Bigbossmsf1974

        Thank you so much big_boss88 for your kind words and i know without a doubt there’re many of other metal gear solid fans who feel exactly like us right now. And this is what kojima is aiming for, to connect all his fans on a larger base, and he will secede in this goal with the phanton pain.

    • solidsnack

      it’s a special connection i feel like big boss and solid snake raised me 🙂 i learned a lot about the ambiguity of right and wrong through these games.

      • Bigbossmsf1974

        damn it solidsnack you’re start to make me cry again with your beautiful words, oh to late the feelings, the memories………..FOOOOOOOOX.

        • Mr.Pony

          *Feelings Intensifies* http://youtu.be/wriaT32v2T0?t=5m21s

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            thank you Mr.Pony, you just mad my day, this scene bring back so many memories when was 9 years old at that time. thanks again Mr. Pony i really appreciate this……..oh god…..not again the feelings, the memories……..WOOOOOOOOLF.

          • Mr.Pony

            I was more or less the same age, barely knew English (took me a few trips to the dictionary to discover i had to blow the walls to get to Baker) but i knew that this game was the best thing to ever exist, the only game series that I’ve really hyped over. This right here is the Lion King’s death scene of videogames, that will make every gamer cry like a little b***ch and then make them cry again on MGS2 with Emma, MGS3 with the Boss

          • solidsnack

            i bawled like a baby at the end of mgs3.. those heartfelt speeches. i just want the boss to hold me lol

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            hahaha me too solidsnack, me too.

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Me to Mr.Pony, it took me at least an hour to figure out where baker was. and i to also cry like a little baby on lion king, its funny you and i have the same similarities, but i also cry like a little baby on ff7,ff8, and ffx.

    • im a dot

      “you feel it too don’t you” yes I do

      • Bigbossmsf1974

        Yeah……i think it’s a feeling that none of us can explain and express by words, but by our hearts and knowing the legacy of the boss and that she pass it down to big boss and he in turn pass it down to solid snake.

  • jack_coban

    Were there even major bugs / glitches in past MGS games? I can’t think of even a single one.

    • Takezo

      I remember there being some bugs in the original mgo, but aside from those KojiPro has been pretty thorough

    • Big_Boss88

      I don’t remember encountering them at all in any MGS.

  • Shalashaska

    This is my reaction at how CLOSE this game is to release and How AWESOME IT is going to be..
    Gonna be getting it for the x360 🙂
    Who else the same way? :”D

  • Shalashaska

    😉

    • Bigbossmsf1974

      Huhuhua that’s not funny shalashaska.( yes it is so lying heehehehe)

  • Bigbossmsf1974

    Hey guys i’m letting you all know that i’m about to go too bed,( me go night night) just in case some of you try too reply to my comments. And to let you know also head of time, i’ll probably won’t be able to get back too some of your replys until next week tuesday or wednesday when i’m off from work. But i will do my best before leaving for work tommorow morning at 2.30am, thanks alot again guys for good mgs talk section today, thank you again Nyxus for creating this beautiful website where mgs fans all alike can come together and connect.

  • im a dot

    I love hearing hopes for march. it means were not the only ones

  • CrazyGuy207

    Not made by me.

    • Invader_skoodge

      Kamisama commands us to put down our guns…….and pick up a knife. The basics of CQC!!!!

      • PrinceHeir

        I lol’d at this reference when i saw it XD

  • decoyF0XX

    “Looks like they’re doing play testing sessions for MGSV. Kojima talking about how tutorials are difficult this time. In a linear game you would start the player in a small area and gradually expand what they can do, but you can’t do that in open world stealth. Ideally the player can go wherever he wants and can discover things himself.”

    That’s why Ground Zeroes should originally have been included in The Phantom Pain.

    But I got to experience a small portion of this masterpiece, so I ain’t mad! 😀

  • Venom_Snake_BB

    Some of you are saying that game will be released in Q3 of 2015 some of you say december but guys Kojima productions confirmed that game will be come out in ”Early” 2015 so just wait because Kojima give us the release date in upcoming weeks.(I hope)

  • Javier Sosa

    I think I’m seeing Roughneck Raven.

    • Big_Boss88

      Nice catch and yeah it looks different.

    • Venom_Sina

      I riked it very much!!

  • supersungin

    thanks kojima for pc announcement
    http://i.imgur.com/4cbJPtS.jpg

    • MichaelPayneV

      All i want now is “MGS3” on PC.

  • MichaelPayneV

    I just realized who “The Medic” is, i had to “Open my Eyes”
    Is Neither Venom Snake nor Solidus, but Big Boss, a 20 something years old Big Boss acting as The Voice of Ration (heh, Ration…That’s Tasty), think about it, his Face is not Shown at all, and he has a really loooooow pitched voice, just like you would see people in a dream, or a hallucination…or in a Solid Hill…i mean Silent Hill Game, plus everything he said sounds just like Big Boss rational part.

    “No Time for Anesthetic, he wave to open her now…Hold Her Steady, it’s gotta be a continuous suture…on your feets soldier, the whole place is coming down”

    Now who is the Flaming Volgin, well he would be “The Dark Passenger” the Demon wanting Revelnge, i mean notice how his Left Horn is placed just where Big Boss has his Shrapnell.

    PS: And whoever says that Big Boss didn’t had the Medical Skills to extract Paz Bomb, must have never played MGS3.

    • MichaelPayneV

      That being said, now look at the GDC Hospital Scene again, and tell me if it isn’t all clear now, if what we saw wasn’t a fight between Big Boss’s Two Sides, Good and Evil.

      http://youtu.be/-9b2FoYMywc

      PS: Hideo has also pointed that MGSV will have decisions, so my theory is that since this is the Last MGS, we will decide Big Boss Faith “Jack, you can still change your future”, weather make him the Demon he was in MG1, or lead him to the right path, and that if you do A LOT of Bad Stuff you’ll see “The Flaming Volgin” more often, and if you do Good Stuff you’ll see Ishmael more often.

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  • Agent HUNK
    • PrinceHeir

      Big Boss is slowly looking like his old self like in MSX and MGS4 🙂

  • Agent HUNK

    I cant wait to use all the new outfits and gadgets!! ….

  • GUN®

    A March/April release would be nice, I can’t help but wish that they weren’t releasing on last gen too, not only is the game now open world which should make it more difficult to test, it’s gonna be on at least 4 platforms at release (hopefully Steam will come after).

    Maybe we’ll (us current gen owners at least) get lucky and they’ll do a Shadow of Mordor on it and delay the last gen versions a couple of months.

  • Jason Mounce

    It grows every time Big Boss lies. Especially to Miller since he can’t tolerate being played like a damn fiddle.

  • Alex

    I imagine myself having that horn, and all I see myself doing is scratching around it 24/7.
    I once had a G-tube protruding from my stomach, and scratching was all I did lol.

  • PrinceHeir

    Love the sneaking suit 🙂

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