Ground Zeroes intro could have been very different

Metalgearinformer are reporting that Kojima’s latest, Ground Zeroes, was supposed to open with the song “Diamond Dogs” by legendary recording artist David Bowie. Instead, the game opens with “Here’s to you” by Joan Baez and Ennio Morricone, which given the subject matter… may have been a much more appropriate choice.

In the second part of Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain – protagonist Punished Snake (a.k.a Big Boss) leads a mercenary group called Diamond Dogs with his longtime partner, Kazuhira Miller. Considering the Diamond Dogs private army did not feature in Ground Zeroes, it makes more sense to imagine that Bowie’s iconic song will appear in the upcoming entry, instead.


Check out the Diamond Dogs patch in this concept art…

Apparently Kojima was adamant about the inclusion of the song in Ground Zeroes but was outvoted by his team, who felt it did not fit with the tone of the game.

People might laugh me off, but sometimes Kojima hides clues in the smallest of news. Could this song have a bigger part to play in the overarching narrative of The Phantom Pain? I would like to think so… but where Kojima is concerned who knows what to think.

Ground Zeroes is available digitally on PS3 and Xbox 360. The game can also be bought digitally (as well as at retail) on PS4 and Xbox One for a slightly higher price.

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