Next-Gen Versions Cost £10 Extra
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes was outed as a prologue to The Phantom Pain some time ago, but its method of release and distribution has been a major talking point over the last few months. Konami have now revealed that the introductory stealth game will be released next Spring both digitally and at retail, priced as a budget title.
Described as "an entry experience and prologue" to Metal Gear Solid V, Ground Zeroes releases in Spring 2014 on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. Current-gen digital versions will cost an inexpensive £19.99, whereas the PS4 and Xbox One versions carry a £29.99 RRP - on par with retail disc versions. Apparently its primary goal is to ease series veterans into the new open-world mechanics, significantly tweaked combat and health systems, acting as a lengthy tutorial of sorts.
“The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine have allowed me to tell the new story in a new way," explains Hideo Kojima. "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.”
Here's the spiel:
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.