Hideo Kojima has been trolling us with the Metal Gear Solid series for a long time. MGS 1’s Psycho Mantis reading the memory card on PS1. Switching from Snake to Raiden without warning in MGS 2. Taking away everything we relied on to give us entirely new gameplay experiences in MGS 3. Controlling Snake as an old man (complete with aches and back pains) in MGS4. Putting one of the best MGS games in the entire storyline on PSP with MGS: Peacewalker. Kojima sure knows to mess with the expectations of his consumers. His latest stunt however, might be his best troll yet.
With anticipation for the next iteration in the series reaching peak levels, Kojima decided to release a portion of the game to keep gamers satiated. For this piece of content, Kojima would charge $20 on last generation systems and $30 (online price, it’s $40 if you cop retail) on current gen systems. Early reports from Kotaku state this piece of content is short. Really short. Like, “less than two hours worth of content” short. Kojima has already gone on record stating the new MGS: Phantom Pain is “hundreds of times bigger” than Ground Zeroes and he simply wished to put out this teaser now because “the system is here, now.”
I’m not sure if this is a nickel and dime move on Kojima’s part but for all the outrage that’s likely happening, gamers are once again faced with a choice. And they’re likely to pick the wrong one. Kojima has earned a good bit of faith with his prior work, no doubt about that. Releasing what is basically a glorified demo of a game to be released in the future for such a high fee, however, is toeing the line. Gamers can take a stand and not buy the game, but I doubt that happens. If anything, enough people will buy it to justify what Kojima has done and we’ll, instead, get articles documenting how gamers are again being dicked around by developers. It’s a vicious cycle.
I sincerely hope that Kojima has some sort of plan to reduce the price of the full MGS 5 game for anybody who chooses to purchases Ground Zeroes….but I’m almost positive (call it a hunch) the game will retail full price for all consumers. I’ll be reading the reviews and hoping it’s worth the money people paid for it. As for buying it personally?
Slim to none chance of that happening.