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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Arrives Next Spring

Ground Zeroes lets players experience what leads to The Phantom Pain.

You’re right to be confused over Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The same game? Different releases? It’s the latter, and we’ll have a chance to play Ground Zeroes next spring.

Ground Zeroes is a prologue to the events in The Phantom Pain, and will be released in downloadable form on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for $30. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners can also play, with a retail disc arriving for $30, but download versions only costing you $20.

“There will be a significant difference in what Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain brings to the series,” said series creator Hideo Kojima in today’s press release, “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.”

Right now, there’s no release date for The Phantom Pain, though it’s hard to imagine we’ll see two Metal Gear releases in the same year.

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Posted by JasonLeeson

There seems to be an error here - They forgot to mention how much the PC version is.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

Sign me up.

Spring can't come soon enough!

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I'm very, very excited for this! Coming much sooner than I expected.

Here's hoping it has $30 worth of content, and not just twenty minutes of sneaking followed by forty minutes of cutscenes.

Posted by Pie

Oh no. Too soon. Didn't want to consider next gen purchase yet.

Posted by AngriGhandi

Metal Gear Solid: Case Zero: Prologue: Ignition: Subtitle:

Origins

Posted by MrCrushin

I didn't know they were releasing this on 360/PS3 as well. Will the Phantom Pain also come out on the current gen consoles?

Posted by rcath

What is going on??

Posted by MildMolasses

There seems to be an error here - They forgot to mention how much the PC version is.

I think the error is assuming that Konami cares about making PC games

Posted by TurboMan

SKULLFACE

Posted by Mortuss_Zero

Interesting, I like the concept of small downloadable prologues to games. Hopefully it'll be worth the price of entry. Dead Rising 2 did a fairly good job with that, but it was much cheaper to get Case Zero than this will be.

Edited by MooseyMcMan

@mortuss_zero: I think a large part of the price is that they know a large portion of the Metal Gear fanbase will buy whatever they make, so long as it's not completely broken. I'm one of those people.

Edited by ll_Exile_ll

So basically, instead of MGS V being a $60 game, it' s a $90 game split into 2 parts. I can't say that's too surprising coming from the man who once said it would be cool if players had to buy a new copy of the game every time they died.

Posted by bellmont42

@jasonleeson said:

There seems to be an error here - They forgot to mention how much the PC version is.

I think the error is assuming that Konami cares about making PC games

Except they said there would be a PC version.

Posted by Lanechanger

@mildmolasses said:

@jasonleeson said:

There seems to be an error here - They forgot to mention how much the PC version is.

I think the error is assuming that Konami cares about making PC games

Except they said there would be a PC version.

I don't see PC listed under those 2 games in the wiki, so therefore, there must not be a PC release coming, regardless of what they said.

Posted by Cold_Wolven

Wow I was expecting this so soon and pretty cheap.

Edited by mrfluke

@cold_wolven said:

Wow I was expecting this so soon and pretty cheap.

gotta keep in mind, patrick forgot to mention this in this post.

ground zeros is apparently one mission

how long said mission is? whos to say

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/04/metal-gear-solid-ground-zeroes-release-date

Ground Zeroes consists of one mission - a Cuban rescue mission - that has been extensively demoed this year, including at Tokyo Game Show in September. It will be out on PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 next Spring. In the UK it will cost £19.99 on the older platforms and £29.99 on PS4 and Xbox One. In the US, it's considerably cheaper at $19.99/$29.99 respectively.

Posted by Branwulf
Posted by MagicWuff

@pie: Lucky for you, you don't have to!

Edited by KoolAid

wait... these are two games? Which game have we been seeing trailers for this whole time? With horses, Keifer Sutherland, bikini snipers and stuff?

Posted by Humanity

If there is one thing we need less of in the industry it's "slowly easing players in"

Posted by alternate

$30 seems steep. I bet just before PP comes out they heavily discount it for the promotional value.

Posted by ScottG13

I think @ll_exile_ll might have nailed it.

Posted by Chaser324

Well, I essentially payed $50 for a demo of MGS2 back in the day (I certainly wouldn't have purchased Zone of the Enders otherwise), so I can probably justify paying $30 for a demo of MGS5.

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

@koolaid said:

wait... these are two games? Which game have we been seeing trailers for this whole time? With horses, Keifer Sutherland, bikini snipers and stuff?

That was Phantom Pain, but Ground Zeroes has Kiefer Sutherland as well. And that oil tanker base that blows up, and the Cuban prison camp.

Edited by FLStyle

@koolaid said:

wait... these are two games? Which game have we been seeing trailers for this whole time? With horses, Keifer Sutherland, bikini snipers and stuff?

Obviously that's The Phantom Pain.

Ground Zeroes is mostly the Prison Camp that Big Boss infiltrates, 9 years before The Phantom Pain.

Edited by Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto

@mooseymcman: This is Kojima we're talking about. 20 minutes of gameplay with a full-length movie's worth of cutscenes (90 or so minutes).

Posted by Jay_Ray

@koolaid: I think we've been seeing a mixture of both or neither, it is Kojima and he really likes to mess with us. Plus he has had a ton of time to think of ways to do so.

Edited by AMyggen

@mrfluke: Ugh, that doesn't sound very good... I'm not a big enough fan of the MG franchise to buy this regardless of quaity/length, so I'm gonna sit this one out, at least until the internet confirms that it's worth the money. Sounds a lot like the GT 5 Prologue model to me.

Posted by BasketSnake

Metal Gear Solid: Case Zero: Prologue: Ignition: Subtitle:

Origins

Act 1 - Base Infiltration

Posted by BatmanBatman

I'll just go hmmmmmmm on this :

hmmmmmmm

Posted by hurtfulmadmax

If David Hayter isn't involved in the game to at least SOME degree, then this MGS won't get a minute of my time.

Posted by The_Vein

If David Hayter isn't involved in the game to at least SOME degree, then this MGS won't get a minute of my time.

Kojima said he wasn't and that dude is always really straightforward about his games.

Posted by Saganomics

$30 seems steep. I bet just before PP comes out they heavily discount it for the promotional value.

Christ, is there a price point that doesn't prompt at least one person to say this kind of thing? We don't have the faintest idea how much actual content there's going to be in Ground Zeroes; how can you already be trotting out the "dollars per hour" value judgement?

Posted by Dudacles

30 freakin' dollars/euros/what have you? For real? I love Metal Gear Solid to death, but this prologue better be amazing and lengthy enough to justify paying close to half of what the full game will cost.

Posted by Throat

Ground Zeroes sounds like lolcat slang.

Posted by TheUndyingPigeon

For those concerned about Ground Zeroes' length:

"MULTIPLE MISSIONS AND TASKS –Ground Zeroes boasts a central story mode and Side-Ops missions ranging from tactical action, aerial assaults and “covert” missions that will be sure to surprise."

This is straight from Konami (of course) and seems to indicate that this game will be a bit more than a Tanker Chapter/$30 demo type-thing, which is reassuring, because that does seem quite steep based on what we've seen so far. Also, no physical next-gen version? Interesting...

Posted by THEBIGZED

Considering it's just a taste I don't think it's impossible for Phantom Pain to come out fall 2014. Current gen releases beyond that are kind of weird.

Posted by thatlad

The messaging for this game is terrible, if I wasn't reading gaming sites I'd have no clue if this was one or two games. It's not been sold to me as two complete MG games, instead it feels like they've either split one game off to get more cash or started two stories and couldn't decide which one to go for.

Posted by Jangowuzhere

@bellmont42:

@mildmolasses said:

@jasonleeson said:

There seems to be an error here - They forgot to mention how much the PC version is.

I think the error is assuming that Konami cares about making PC games

Except they said there would be a PC version.

No they didn't

Edited by GERALTITUDE

@chaser324 said:

Well, I essentially payed $50 for a demo of MGS2 back in the day (I certainly wouldn't have purchased Zone of the Enders otherwise), so I can probably justify paying $30 for a demo of MGS5.

@alternate said:

$30 seems steep. I bet just before PP comes out they heavily discount it for the promotional value.

Christ, is there a price point that doesn't prompt at least one person to say this kind of thing? We don't have the faintest idea how much actual content there's going to be in Ground Zeroes; how can you already be trotting out the "dollars per hour" value judgement?

I love when other people put my feelings into words.

The OMG 30 bucks crowd is just hilarious.

Posted by John1912

@the_vein said:

@hurtfulmadmax said:

If David Hayter isn't involved in the game to at least SOME degree, then this MGS won't get a minute of my time.

Kojima said he wasn't and that dude is always really straightforward about his games.

Except when he up and swaps out the main character.

Posted by cannonballBAM

Wait a minute, I only paid $5 for DR2: Case Zero. And that had more than one mission.

Edited by firecracker22

Wait....so there won't be a retail disc release for PS4/XBO, just a download? But, there will be a download and a retail disc release on PS3/X360? I don't know why, but it almost seems like it should be reverse...somehow.

Posted by WickedCobra03

I am so in for the PS3 disc. I am still kind of opposed to all digital. Look what happened to your game library Xbox Arcade owners. At least with PSN you can kind of play some of the games on your Vita (but even that is very limited and kind of crummy).

Edited by LarryDavis

@mrcrushin said:

I didn't know they were releasing this on 360/PS3 as well. Will the Phantom Pain also come out on the current gen consoles?

Fox Engine's whole thing they keep touting its its scalability, so probably, yeah.

@wickedcobra03: Uh, if I turn on my xbox I can still play my XBLA games. What are you talking about?

Posted by GunsAreDrawn

PC version or death.

Posted by RuthLoose

@alternate said:

$30 seems steep. I bet just before PP comes out they heavily discount it for the promotional value.

Christ, is there a price point that doesn't prompt at least one person to say this kind of thing? We don't have the faintest idea how much actual content there's going to be in Ground Zeroes; how can you already be trotting out the "dollars per hour" value judgement?

Prologue. Makes it sound like Gran Turismo 5: Prologue which I see some people getting a bit peeved by. It seem like one big paid beta.

Edited by jasondesante

taking a cue from RPS. PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PCPC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC PC

seriously Kojima, fans won't sacrifice the experience and get the current gen version and a lot just don't want a next gen console at all. PC!

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