While Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is having a hard time keeping the various storylines in his franchise straight, publisher Konami is having no trouble doing so. The company just released a synopsis for the forthcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, which succinctly sums up the game’s storyline.
That being said, the synopsis for Ground Zeroes is only a baseline run-through, and doesn’t delve deep into the ins and outs of the story. Still, it’s nice to have a better understanding of the story going in, because, as most fans know, things get very complicated from there.
According to the synopsis, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes picks up with Snake/Big Boss in 1975, after he is called back into action. Snake must infiltrate a US naval base in Cuba in order to rescue Paz and Chico, two characters from MGS lore.
The year is 1975, the age of dÃ©tente. The Vietnam conflict is drawing to a close and the world is thawing in the wake of the Cold War. However, as tension among the world’s giant superpowers eased, a tiny military force quietly took root in the Caribbean. A new type of military – an army without a nation, or any land to call home.
Lead by an enigmatic man known as “Snake,” the clandestine group operated in the shadows as elite guns-for-hire, servicing various governments around the world. As their reputation grew, so did their funding and military might. Eventually, rumors began to spread that the group had attained nuclear weapons capability. The alarming prospect of a nuclear-equipped military force existing beyond the confines of the NPT (Nuclear Proliferation Treaty), and without any formal government, prompted demands for immediate nuclear inspection by the IAEA.
At that same time, Snake also received word that “Paz,” a female spy who had once infiltrated his army’s “Mother Base” was alive and being interrogated at a US Naval base on the southern tip of Cuba. The base housed a prison facility – a black-site that could operate outside the laws of both Cuba and the United States, where extreme forms of interrogation were sanctioned. Upon learning of the situation, Chico, a young volunteer in Snake’s army with feelings for Paz, took it upon himself to rescue her.
It wasn’t long before Snake received a distress call from Chico revealing that he had also been captured. With few options left, Snake embarks on a covert mission to reclaim both Paz and Chico from Cuba while Mother Base prepares to welcome its nuclear inspection.
For a franchise that typically likes to keep things a closely guarded secret, and loves a little misdirection, it’s strange that Konami and Kojima Productions would release a full synopsis for Ground Zeroes. However, given that Ground Zeroes and the Phantom Pain are being promoted at the same time, it might be for the best that the developer set each story straight. That becomes especially important when you consider that Ground Zeroes‘ story leads directly into Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain.
In addition to the Ground Zeroes synopsis, Konami also revealed a brief story primer for the PS4-exclusive DÃ©jÃ Vu mission, which features the return of Classic Snake. Unfortunately, firm details are pretty slim, although the blurb does say that gamers will be able to “relive the most memorable moments of the past.” If the appearance of Donald Anderson in the DÃ©jÃ Vu reveal trailer is any indication, fans might be in for a real treat with this one.
Retracing 16 years of history, the PlayStation-Exclusive “DÃ©jÃ Vu” mission brings players back to the 1998 PlayStation classic “METAL GEAR SOLID”. In an age when graphics were limited to blocky pixelated polygons, METAL GEAR SOLID set new standards in videogame storytelling with its memorable characters, cinematic presentation, and complex story. Relive the most memorable moments of the past with this Sony-exclusive mission on PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4. Past and present collide as the characters and camera angles you remember from the 16-year old classic are brought to life the high-fidelity world of MGS:GZ!
The site also includes every piece of promotion released for Ground Zeroes thus far, including extended gameplay trailers and screenshots. However, if we know the Metal Gear Solid franchise, it’s safe to say most of this content barely scratches the surface of the final game.
What do you think of the synopsis for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes? How about the DÃ©jÃ Vu mission?
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is targeting a 2014 release on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.