Konami has today announced a ‘Spring’ 2014 launch window for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, while explaining the link between Hideo Kojima’s two new Metal Gear Solid V titles.
Coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 anytime between March and May in 2014, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will act as a prologue to the events of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and “serve to introduce key gameplay components” that will be fully realised in Phantom Pain, as well as acting as “a bridge between the linearity of existing titles and the full open-world environments” as seen in Phantom Pain.
Game development luminary Hideo Kojima explained:
“The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine have allowed me to tell the new story in a new way. There will be a significant difference in what Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain brings to the series, so we want to ease players into the new open world environment and its potential.
“As such, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes has been designed to introduce key elements, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game will offer.”
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Screenshots
Here’s the story setup for Ground Zeroes in case you haven’t caught up yet:
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes charts a rescue mission as users infiltrate a Cuban prison camp, and sets in motion a series of events that culminate in the stunning plotlines of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The prelude showcases key advances to the series made possible by its use of Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine, with a large open environment, and missions where time of day and weather have a dynamic effect on the game and its missions.
“These elements will play a vital part in the story set up in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, while familiarising users with the possibilities they offer ahead of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
From launch, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be available for $29.99 / £29.99 at retail on all consoles, and $19.99 / £19.99 as digital downloads on PS3 and Xbox 360. At this price, would you be willing to buy a prologue game before playing the ‘full’ Phantom Pain?