When Game Informer revealed the "Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes" themed cover for their March issue, they teased readers with their "four-hour" playthrough of the game. However, readers reacted unfavorably towards the short time it took the Game Informer writers to finish the main mission and try out the side missions. It got worse, when in actuality, it took Game Informer two hours to finish the main mission. Shortly after, Ayako, Kojima's personal assistant, responded on Twitter to a user concerned about the two-hour length and denied the claim. "False article. Don't believe them," she said about Game Informer and Kotaku, who relayed the latest message of the game's length.
Now, Kojima took to Twitter to speak out about "Ground Zeroes" short playtime. Possibly because of Twitter's limited character length, or fear of mistranslation, Kojima posted his response in an image.
MGS V Ground Zeroes includes the main mission alongside 5 Side Ops. 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 & over again without boring. I believe people will be satisfied with the "Play Time" of GZ and will not stress the "Clear Time," which is a standard for linear games.
"Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes" will arrive this year in North America on March 18th for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. For past consoles, "Ground Zeroes" will cost $20 for digital and $30 for retail. For next-gen systems, the game goes for $30 digital and $40 for retail.