Konami announced today that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prequel episode for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, will be coming out spring 2014. This is to be “part one” in the two part Metal Gear Solid V game. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is being setup to help ease players into the new control and gameplay advances that will be an integral part of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Press Release reads:
METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES will launch Spring 2014 as a prologue to the events leading into METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. 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.
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.
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. Both titles will be released for PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox360® and XboxOne® systems, highlighting the groundbreaking capabilities the FOX Engine brings to current and next generation consoles.
“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.”
Konami also sent some new screenshots for Ground Zeroes:
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be released in Spring 2014 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One. The game will retail in store for $29.99 and $19.99 via online download on current gen systems. For the Xbox One and PS4 it will be available via online download for $29.99.
By Dayne “Anjel” Cody