It appears as though Konami has re-evaluated the price of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes after reports of the game being beaten within 2 hours surfaced, as the publisher has announced an official price drop for Ground Zeroes on PS4 and Xbox One.
Previously priced at £39.99 for the retail PS4 and Xbox One versions, Ground Zeroes will now cost £29.99. However, the digital prices of the games on PS4/Xbox One will remain at £29.99, with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions staying at £29.99 for retail and £19.99 for digital. If you want the game even cheaper than £29.99, both Zavvi and ShopTo have it for £23.99.
As for the United States, the retail PS4 and Xbox One versions are getting the same treatment, with those going from $39.99 to $29.99 (this likely means most Canadian retailers will drop them to $34.99, but nothing’s been confirmed). Backing this up, Best Buy has dropped the prices to $29.99, but Amazon and GameStop have yet to change their prices. Just like the UK, the prices on the new-gen digital versions and all PS3/Xbox 360 versions stay the same.
Konami issued this statement today about the price change:
With the new pricing set for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Konami aims to provide as many people as possible an opportunity to experience Kojima Productions’ new Fox Engine and the first installment in the two-part Metal Gear Solid V experience.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the second and final part to the Metal Gear Solid V experience, will launch on both current and next-gen systems at a later date.
Along with the new price, Konami confirmed that the first batch of Ground Zeroes retail copies (and digital copies for a limited time) will include exclusive DLC for The Phantom Pain, giving you additional resources/staff for a Mother Base area in The Phantom Pain.
The benefits for anyone who has Ground Zeroes when they play The Phantom Pain were also outlined, with prisoners of war and VIPs rescued in Ground Zeroes being added to the Mother Base staff in TPP. Character skins from Ground Zeroes will also be able to be carried over.
Finally, the second-screen iDroid app for Ground Zeroes was briefly detailed and will be a free download through iOS, Android, or Xbox Smart Glass. By using the app, you can call up maps, get air support, or play any of the cassette tapes.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes releases on March 18th in North America and March 21st in Europe.
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