Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was leaked early by some retailers in a few countries (especially in the Middle East, where this kind of thing is pretty usual), and Director Hideo Kojima commented on it today on Twitter:
Ground Zeroes isn’t a linear game, and it’s a real sneaking simulator that provides a high degree of freedom. You can play any numbers of times and play style varies from person to person. This means that it’s very compatible with the share button. But seeing it demonstrated by an early leak wasn’t my intention.
Kojima Productions Senior Producer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi echoed the sentiment, asking fans that got an early copy not to spoil:
Dear Sir/Madam, I know some people has already got GZ. Just enjoy but DO NOT spoil. There’re many fans are waiting for this for long time.
While it’s definitely very hard to resist the temptation, I’m steering very clear from early streams of the game. Since many described the story of the game as “shocking,” I definitely prefer to be shocked when the time will come.
And it will come soon, as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is set for release on March 18th in North America and on March 20th in Europe.