Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise and a key figure in Kojima Productions, has revealed to GamesRadar that he originally thought Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, would be released on PS3 or PSP.
Kojima said that those original plans for Ground Zeroes changed because of development difficulties. However, Kojima said (via translator) that he "just wanted to release Ground Zeroes, but then we learned about the next generation."
While he followed that by saying he wanted to release both parts of Metal Gear Solid V as one, it is unclear whether that was the intention after the move to the next generation or before, as well.
Of course, it has come to light that they won't be released together. Kojima's reasoning for the separate release of Ground Zeroes is that development on The Phantom Pain is still ongoing, but that "we wanted to put something out there for people to try."
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is due for release on PlayStation 3 and PS4 next Spring. It will be available only via digital download for PS4 in the US and Europe, but will receive a digital and retail release for PS3 in those territories.
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