Konami has revealed that their once thought to be standalone title Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will tie into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and will be seeing an early release come 2014.
Creator of the Metal Gear Solid series Hideo Kojima has revealed that of the ties between both games, “The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine have allowed me to tell the new story in a new way. There will be a significant difference in what Metal Gear Solid : The Phantom Pain brings to the series, so we want to ease players into the new open world environment and its potential. As such,Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes has been designed to introduce key elements, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game will offer.”
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes charts a rescue mission as users infiltrate a Cuban prison camp, and sets in motion a series of events that culminate in the stunning plotlines of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The prelude showcases key advances to the series made possible by its use of Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine, with a large open environment, and missions where time of day and weather have a dynamic effect on the game and its missions. These elements will play a vital part in the story set up in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, while familiarising users with the possibilities they offer ahead of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Those looking to get their paws on the newest Metal Gear addition will find Kojima has confirmed a launch sometime during early 2014, releasing on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
In a new move, Konami has revealed that those looking forward to the next-gen copies will find only digital versions available, with boxed copies only being done for current-gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The boxed PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will retail at $29.99, with digital versions retailing for $19.99. Next-gen copies will be available at $29.99.