Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, along with bringing back Snake Eater and Peace Walker star Naked Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss), is re-introducing fans to the base-building from the aforementioned PSP adventure. However, in Ground Zeroes players will be able to explore their base not just on the console game, but potentially on mobile devices as well.
Hideo Kojima isn’t revealing too much about Ground Zeroes‘ base building — the game was only just revealed late last month — but he is providing a brief tease. Kojima says that the base-building element will feature a place gamers can explore between the open-world areas in Ground Zeroes.
As the game’s first (and extremely involved) trailer suggested, players will be whisked away via helicopter to a “holding station” between main mission encounters. It’s in this base that players can construct new weapons, or just explore the stronghold they have created.
At this point, Kojima Productions is only briefly touching upon the idea of exploring the base through ancillary devices, but he seems to like the idea. Speaking at a Eurogamer panel, the developer said he thinks the idea of base building lends itself perfectly to a mobile experience.
“The concept of developing weapons at your base is a very cool idea, and something that could be popular. It’s something we’ve been thinking of…Furthermore, nowadays there are various ways to access the game world – you’re not just playing in your living room on your games console. You may also access through your cell phone and other devices and still access that same game. I think in that respect that motherbase system lends itself very well to that system, and that’s something we’re planning on for Ground Zeroes.”
In Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, the motherbase system was used by the player to train their various soldiers — to prepare them for battle. Since Ground Zeroes puts Big Boss front and center, though, it’s unclear whether or not that aspect of the system will be returning.
Along with the return of Peace Walker‘s base-building, Ground Zeroes also promises to pave gamers’ way into Metal Gear Solid 5, which is purportedly still in development. However, Kojima is putting all of his time and attention into getting the current gen Ground Zeroes off the ground, before focusing on what presumably will be a next-gen Metal Gear game.
How do you feel about the motherbase system returning for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes? How would you like to see Kojima improve upon it?
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is targeting a 2013 release on the PS3 and Xbox 360.