Kojima on the setting of Metal Gear Solid V

In an interview with Japanese gaming site 4Gamer, Kojima talked a bit about the setting in the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer, Afghanistan in 1984 (translation by DualShockers).

“Since making Metal Gear Solid 3 I always wanted to make a game about the history of this era. In addition to that, 1984 is also the title of a novel by George Orwell and Metal Gear Solid V includes Orwellian themes.”


“Metal Gear Solid 3 was set in 1964, Peace Walker in 1974 and Metal Gear Solid V in 1984. We’re going in increments of ten years. It’s a balance, since teenagers nowadays weren’t yet born in 1984, but it’s not too old. That said, you can expect other settings, not just Afghanistan.”

Kojima also commented on his ambitious goals with his new title, and its showing at E3:

“I thought it received a good reaction, but after seeing Ubisoft’s [TomClancy’s] The Division I felt I have to work harder. At E3 we’re fighting against the powerhouses of the whole world. At one time I thought I managed to win that battle with Metal Gear Solid 3. For that reason we gave ourselves the objective to “win the world once more” with Metal Gear Solid V. The V in the title is the V for victory.”

Source: DualShockers

  • PrinceHeir

    i always knew V always stands for Victory 😛

    Portable Ops was 6 years later after Snake Eater(1970) 4 years before Peace Walker.

    it’s really a big time leap for 10 years(lots of things can happen in those 10 years)

    guess kojima can also make spin offs when he finally finishes the MSX Remakes.

    speaking of the MSX games, Metal Gear MSX is around 1995.

    will they retcon it and make it 1994? what about MG2?

    im hoping the Metal Gear Remakes will be one BIG FULL game and Kojima’s last hurrah before he finally gives the MG IP to the right hands.

    he’ll supervise the newer iterations, but will have a similar role with how Miyamoto is doing in the Zelda series.

    all in all i just hope Kojima makes Zone of the Enders 3, Snatcher X Policenauts with Suda51(Killer 7, No More Heroes, Killer is Dead) and Chiyomaru Shikura(Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, Robotics;Notes)


    • Nyxus

      I’d like to see a Boktai game for 3DS as well.

  • BerserkerVTR

    1984 is a great book. Why not read it while waiting for MGSV? Maybe discovering the similarities of themes adds something to the experience.

    • Nyxus

      Reading Moby Dick could also be a good idea.

  • Ilja Y.

    Hope that MGSV will take place in Cuba aswell.

    • Nyxus

      Ground Zeroes takes place on Cuba, and it’s supposedly part of MGSV.

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