Okay, so if you were still confused on this whole thing, Metal Gear Solid V is called the Phantom Pain. However, there’s a prologue to the game, acting almost as an entirely different game, in Ground Zeroes. That prologue will be available in Spring of 2014 (early next year) for either $19.99 or $29.99 depending on the system you buy it for. This is what was revealed in Konami’s press release this morning:
METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES features new advances made possible by Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine, such as radical new game design, day and night cycles, and weather conditions that will all dynamically affect gameplay. The missions are designed to ease players into the new control and gameplay advances that will be an integral part of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.
The METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES storyline follows the series’ hero, Big Boss, as he infiltrates a remote Cuban prison camp on a rescue mission, all while trying to remain undetected. Explosive plot lines develop quickly as he finds himself on behind enemy lines with little options for help.
“The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine are allowing me to express the story of METAL GEAR SOLID in a new way,” explained Hideo Kojima, Creator of the METAL GEAR SOLID series, and head of Kojima Productions. “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, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game offers. As such, METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES has been designed to introduce key elements, while setting up the events of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.”
METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES will be released in Spring 2014 on PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One systems. The game will be available in retail stores nationwide on current generation systems for the MSRP of $29.99 or via download for $19.99. For PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, the game can be downloaded for $29.99 suggested retail price.
What’s interesting here is that they refer to Big Boss as the series’ hero. While he’s certainly been the focus of the last few games, I think most fans still feel that Solid Snake is the main hero. Oh well. At least we have some sort of release window for this part of the game. Hopefully this means that The Phantom Pain will be following on soon after later in the year. I wouldn’t imagine they’d release the prologue too far in advance of the main game otherwise it’d give people too much of a chance to forget what happened.
Oh well, I’m going to be buying the crap out of it regardless. What about you guys?