On Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes ninth anniversary, developer Hideo Kojima reflected upon the game’s development and revealed that it was meant to “experiment” an episodic format for the series.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes was originally planned as a prologue to MGS 5
Kojima said that Ground Zeroes was originally conceived as a prologue to MGS 5, introducing players to Snake’s vengeance. The overall theme would be that of retribution. The game’s release came shortly after the PS4’s launch, so Kojima “pre-released” Ground Zeroes to introduce the new MGS and get feedback on the game, its open world, and the Fox Engine.
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“The development of a full game takes 4-5 years,” Kojima wrote. “Times change during production, so I thought of offering an episodic format, like a streamed drama, where one episode is produced and distributed. GZ was meant to be an experiment.”
9 years since its release! GZ was originally planned as a prologue to MGSV. GZ was originally planned as a prologue to MGSV, an important introduction to root Snake’s (the player’s) vengeance in the main story, and the theme of MGSV is retribution. pic.twitter.com/3M1znrbbtG
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Reflecting upon Ground Zeroes eventual launch, Kojima acknowledged that players didn’t quite get his intention behind the release, and there was some disappointment because it was not considered a full game and was thought to have been released too early.
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