Metal Gear Solid V's playable prologue, Ground Zeroes, is getting a retro-tastic exclusive mission on PlayStation... but Kojima has a surprise in store for Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. A deal with Microsoft sees Raiden returning from an alternate future to save the Earth from the invasion of the body snatchers, bringing his trademark brand of razor-sharp ultraviolence to what appears to be a thoroughly outrageous piece of exclusive non-canon content.
We've got the trailer after the break, alongside some new details about Ground Zeroes' European release date and pricing.
Jamais Vu takes place in a bizarre offshoot of Metal Gear Solid canon where the planet is at risk from... well... the Bodysnatchers. In steps none other than Raiden, who's come back from the future a la Arnie, to put down the infestation with extreme prejudice and a great big sword. The emphasis seems to be very much on agility and all-out violence over stealth, though we reckon that Platinum Games aren't going to lose any sleep judging by the gameplay snippets.
To be honest, I'd have preferred a crossover with Kojima's cult cyberpunk adventure Snatcher as opposed to the bodysnatchers. Anyone?
Regardless, Konami have revealed some more details regarding Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes' launch plans here in Europe. The lengthy playable prologue to The Phantom Pain releases "from March 20th 2014," which likely means Friday the 21st here in the UK. It'll set you back £19.99 on PS3 and Xbox 360, or £29.99 on Xbox One and PS4.
Ground Zeroes will act as an introduction to some of Metal Gear Solid V's major deviations from previous titles, not limited to regenerating health, the ability to see foes through walls and Kiefer Sutherland's raspy voice. Hopefully these will be changes for the better - and there'll be more than enough compelling gameplay to make it worth a purchase.