Finally ending the question of whether or not Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would be released together or separately, Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be out as a standalone in Spring 2014 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
On PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Ground Zeroes will be available for $29.99/£29.99 at retail, or $19.99/£19.99 digitally. As for PS4 and Xbox One, you can expect a digital only release for $29.99/£29.99.
Ground Zeroes, a prologue to The Phantom Pain, was given an official description:
This prologue brings all of the hallmarks of the renowned franchise in a concentrated story mode that guides players into the new gameplay mechanics against the backdrop of the expansive Metal Gear Solid universe.
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.
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.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will pick up where Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes leaves off and will plunge players into a new breed of open-world stealth action, featuring deep story arcs and dynamic gameplay as expected of a canon chapter in the Metal Gear Solid series.
Hideo Kojima then talked about Metal Gear Solid V and the Fox Engine:
The advanced capabilities of the Fox Engine are allowing me to express the story of Metal Gear Solid 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, 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.
No release date window was given for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
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