We recently got in touch with Ayako, the personal assistant to Hideo Kojima about the information spreading around that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes’ main mission can be completed in under 2 hours.
According to Ayako, this information is not correct. When we asked about the game being so short, she told us that the Kotaku article was “false” and not to “believe them.”
— Ayako (Touchy!) (@Kaizerkunkun) February 5, 2014
She had earlier responded to another user as well, also telling them the article was false, but failing to go into specifics. However, she did try to make it clear that the game was not a paid demo back in December.
— Ayako (Touchy!) (@Kaizerkunkun) December 19, 2013
We can’t be entirely sure how big Ground Zeroes really is, but according to Kojima in a previous interview with VG247, there are multiple “open-worlds” in Ground Zeroes. Kojima stated, “there will be larger open worlds, and you can use the helicopter between those open world stages.”
As Kotaku noted from the Game Informe article, there is more than one mission in the game, and there’s also a number of collectibles to find, leaderboards and so on. However, the price of the game isn’t as steep as you may think it is. The only reason the game would cost you $40 is if you buy it in a physical form via the next-gen consoles. On the PS3 and Xbox 360 it will be $20 digitally, which if the game turns out to be just 2-5 hours long, is comparable to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and its gameplay time, which cost users $15. On the PS4 and Xbox One, it will cost you $30 digitally and $40 for a physical copy. Open-world games, even semi-open are very hard to put a time stamp on. If you run through a game that focuses on stealth, obviously it won’t take you as long as someone who plays it via a stealth approach.
He first cleared main mission, Gazing at the Ending, speechless. pic.twitter.com/5buBIBpN0Y
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) February 5, 2014
Japanese media got their first preview of Ground Zeroes as well, Kojima tweeted this picture of a press member apparently finishing the “main mission”.This could add some extra validation to GameInformer’s claims of the game’s length.
We’ve sent out multiple requests for comment on an estimation of the game’s full length and will update the story once we receive a reply. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for an instant update, if and when we get a reply.