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Oh come on now. A few days ago, Kojima Productions revealed Metal Gear Solid V, and we thought we could finally move past the confusion surround The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is both games combined, announced Kojima. Sorted.
Except that they're both separate games, and may well be distributed separately. Also, Ground Zeroes is the prologue to The Phantom Pain... not the other way around.
"Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain put together is Metal Gear Solid 5," Kojima stated during the GDC presentation. Most of us took that to mean that they were both parts of a single game, or perhaps two components included on a single disc at a pinch. We were blissful in our ignorance.
"Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are two separate games," public relations representative Jay Boor told Siliconera. Okay.
"Ground Zeroes will will act as a prologue that tells the story of the fall of Mother Base - the Militaires Sans Frontières project built in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - and how the attack on it puts Big Boss in a nine-year coma," reports CVG. Right. Kojima confusingly described The Phantom Pain's hospital scene as the tutorial and prologue during the GDC presentation, but the trailer certainly backs this up.
Right, so, here's the state of play. Ground Zeroes will be an open world prequel on PS3 and Xbox 360. The Phantom Pain will pick up where that story left off. And both games, taken in their entirety, will add up to Metal Gear Solid V. Probably.
Watch this space. I'm going to go lie down.