Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, has taken to Twitter to respond to reports originating from GameInformer that Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes can be completed in under 2 hours and speed run in about 5 minutes. Kojima claims that the game’s non-linear design will give players enough reason to go through the game multiple times, hence increasing the amount of time spent playing the game.
“Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes includes the main mission alongside five Side Ops,” Kojima said on Twitter. “All missions include elements such as ‘Trial Records,’ where players can compete against each other online. This is not a linear game like the past. GZ offers freedom of approach & play style, which we hope players will enjoy over and over again without boring (them).”
“I believe people will be satisfied with the ‘Play Time’ of GZ and will not stress the ‘Clear Time,’ which is standard for linear games.
Even if the game was designed with replay value in mind, the considerably short length of the game is still a shock given the game’s price at release. On the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 the game will cost $19.99 if digitally downloaded and $29.99 at retail. On the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it will cost even more, digitally priced at $29.99 and $39.99 at retail.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be releasing on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on March 18 in the USA and March 20 in Europe.