Confusion surrounding Metal Gear Solid 5 has surfaced after a representative from publisher Konami claimed that the game is separate from the previously announced Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
"Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are two separate games," public relations representative Jay Boor told Siliconera.
This appeared to contradict claims made by series creator Hideo Kojima, who on Wednesday told attendees at GDC that "Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain put together is Metal Gear Solid 5".
But a Kojima Productions representative told CVG on Thursday that Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain will together make up a single game; MGS5.
The key to the clarification lies in the game's plot, the representative explained. 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.
The Phantom Pain is the story of what happens when Big Boss awakens.
Offering further clarification, the Kojima Productions representative explained that both parts will be playable on existing consoles.
How they will be sold and distributed is a different matter entirety. No clarification was given, meaning that the chances of both parts coming on just one disc are not particularly high.
While Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has only been confirmed for release on PS3 and Xbox 360, the chances of it appearing on next gen consoles is high - the underpinning FOX Engine tech is scalable to work on low spec systems as well as new consoles.