Kojima clarifies Metal Gear Solid V, Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain relation

After his GDC presentation where he showed off Fox Engine and Metal Gear Solid V, Hideo Kojima gave some more clarification on Twitter about how the different sections of the game fit together.

“Ground Zeroes” is a prologue of “MGSV”. 9 years after that event will be “The Phantom Pain”. MGSV is constructed w/ prologue and main game “TPP”. The game play demo I presented today is the opening of “TPP” which is tutorial that starts from crawling.

So, to summarize, the game starts off with the Ground Zeroes segment (Snake infiltrating the prison camp on Cuba). This will most likely take place shortly after Peace Walker (so around 1974).


After that, – probably after being attacked – Snake falls into a coma, and awakes 9 years later. That’s when the segment Kojima showed off today takes place.


This is the tutorial to the main game, The Phantom Pain.

“TPP” stands for “The Phantom Pain”. We used it as a project code as we were not able to use “MGS5” outloud.

For Japanese audience, we added translated lyrics of the song by Garbage in the trailer. Enjoy with the meaning of the song.

To watch the trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, go here.

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter 

  • markos

    Some sites are claiming that tpp and gz are separate games, being tpp for both ps3 and xbox 360, and gz still unknown. That may be the reason for the graphical differences. My guess is that gz is ps3/4 exclusive, to give something extra to sony fans.

    • Nyxus

      But they are both part of ‘MGSV’, with PP being the main part. The only thing that’s unclear is the distribution method.

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