Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain Map Analysis Reveals Massive World Size

A few weeks ago, Hideo Kojima had revealed the entire map size of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. One look at the map and it's not hard to make out the portion below is land and the white portion above it is the sky. However that does not seem to be the case. A Reddit user has uncovered that the white portion is actually made up of roads, terrains and buildings.

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BiggCMan1152d ago

Pretty interesting theory, I like it. Now if only we could get confirmation on whether or not Afghanistan is supposed to be the entire game or not?

Cuz I swear I remember Kojima said that there wasn't just one massive map, but there would be a few. But all the recent footage and information kinda makes it seem like Afghanistan is the entire game, idk.

e-p-ayeaH1152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

Kojima doesnt need to reveal everything to sell his game as far MGS4 was concerned he only revealed the midle east section in gameplay footage.

PLASTICA-MAN1152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

If the game takes place only in the deseretic Afghanistan, I would be really disappointed !

Edit: at Z501 below we enew about act3&4 from the multiple late trailers, we even knew about act 5 from them. You can check. I am sadly going to the path leading that TPP will only have Afghanistan and Mother Base only. Very bad if true.

Z5011152d ago

"as far MGS4 was concerned he only revealed the middle east section"


We knew nothing of Act 3's city or Act 4's Alaska.

DevilOgreFish1152d ago

If this shot is accurate, then judging by the bottom 3 screens the map isn't that big. The small village is 943 meters away from the start (less than a mile), and can be reached in few minutes with even detours.

I do hope there are more sights because the map isn't that big, if you will have means of transportation.

GameSpawn1151d ago (Edited 1151d ago )


Wasn't this confirmed/expected months ago when the first image (held by Kojima himself) was revealed with the previous Metal Gear Solid maps superimposed on top of Phantom Pain's map?

Sure the first image had the top portion "faded" out for artistic effect, but we a a rough idea (especially when assuming that the map was relatively square).

These images look like the first one shown months ago, just without the artistic effect. Now we have a better picture, but I'm not any more impressed since the first image.

In comparison to previous Metal Gears this is still pretty damned big. Hopefully it won't be too overwhelming with stuff nor too underwhelming with vast emptiness between major areas. I hope there is a good balance.

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TheOneWhoIsTornApart1152d ago

There has to be multiple countries. The African child soldiers prove that. In the E3 trailer it showed a jungle environment in the very beginning with the burned down village with charred bodies everywhere which is not an environment that would be in Afghanistan. I'm sure there will be even more places that we don't know about yet.

Hk85karlsson1152d ago

And Africa. Look at the vegetation in the latest trailer. And the wildlife points to central/North Africa.
Plus, those black kids (soldiers) doesn't seem to be from Afg-Iran-Iraq.

Patrick_pk441152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

This. Africa will be another location in the game. It has been a place of child soldiers that Big Boss has trained to be prepared for next generation wars. We have also seen Africa as a location, and African slave leaders training African child soldiers.

Another location will be the hospital, since Big Boss does land in a 9 year long coma.

Razputin1151d ago

Is this your first Metal Gear game? (This is a joke comment, so please take it lightly).

Almost nothing ever gets revealed in a Metal Gear game. You probably may not remember the reveal and videos of Metal Gear Solid 2. They literally showed the Tanker part only in the videos, and nothing was revealed about Raiden. Mind you, you can literally complete the Tanker part in minutes. Maybe 15-20 no cutscenes.

Take a deep breath because they will either reveal more, or nothing at all, but it will be amazing either way.

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Gatsu1152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

Interesting stuff, also I don't think Kojima needs to reveal every zone from the game. He has shown us already 5 trailers and few gameplay demos, which is more than enough. Anyway we got Mother Base, Afghanistan, maybe Africa and some other place, also maybe we can walk around in that base at the end of E32014 trailer where he go with Skull Face.

That scene where Skull Face lands with his men from the helicopter, E3 2013 trailer scene. I thought it could also be them landing in your Mother Base, but it seems the mark on the ground is partly covered in sand so maybe it is in that area.

cfc781152d ago

After only just purchasing Ground Zeroes (for £10.00 bargain awesome prologue) I gotta say well done to Kojima got a lot more than expected and The Phantom Pain just got pre ordered as for the map I can't see it just being Afghanistan there's just been to many clues to other areas.

My_Outer_Heaven1152d ago

What about other locations though? Isn't Africa a big part of this game too? What about the map for Africa & the map for the hospital shown in the trailers? Do you think we will be able to explore Africa's map just like Afghanistan or will it be a linear map instead? We saw a jungle setting during the demonstration of project ogre before MGSV was announced.. I wonder if we will see that same place again in MGSV:TPP? So many questions left unanswered.

PaleMoonDeath1151d ago

I wondered that myself, seeing as the demo's we've seen take place in Afghanistan and this map seemingly is to, will Africa be a similair yet bigger map to Ground Zeroes or another big, varied map to explore?

How the hell will they fit this on a Blu-Ray? MGS4 filled that thing up and isn't even remotely as big as MGS5, ...Placing bets, how many discs will the Xbox 360 version need? :P

WitWolfy1152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

I'm gonna be honest here, the free roam aspect has got me a bit worried with its massive maps. Whats to say these maps wont be next to empty like RDR was(where they made up for it with random events)?

I just dont want to explore empty spaces just for the sake of open world demand. MGS is suppose to be about story first IMO.

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