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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Uncloaks in Spring 2014 on PS4 and PS3

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Only legendary developer Hideo Kojima could make the announcements of his titles more confusing than the plots embedded within them. We always assumed that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – which was revealed quite a while back – had become The Phantom Pain, but it turns out that it’s actually a different game. Perhaps the most exciting thing is that you’ll be playing it on your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 in a matter of months.

In a somewhat unexpected announcement earlier today, publisher Konami has clarified that Ground Zeroes will launch in Spring 2014 in Europe and North America. A spokesperson for the UK arm of the company confirmed that it will cost £19.99 for a digital version and £29.99 for a retail version on current generation consoles. There'll only be a download version for the PS4, and it will cost £29.99. We believe that’s known as the next generation tax.

“The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine have allowed me to tell the new story in a new way,” said a buoyant Hideo Kojima. “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.”

The move somewhat reminds us of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, in that the developer’s offering a teaser of the upcoming sequel ahead of its full release. What do you make of this announcement? Will you be purchasing the sampler for your PS3 or PS4? Are you irritated by the price discrepancies? Flash an exclamation point in the comments section below.

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Bliquid

#4

Bliquid said:

@antdickens : are you talking about my comment?
I guess it doesn't sound right in another language.
Means i wish it was already available.

rastamadeus

#8

rastamadeus said:

Whereas my list of reasons not to bother going next gen for at least a year-18 months is now on a third notepad.

charlesnarles

#10

charlesnarles said:

Ssssoooooooo... It's gonna be like $50 over here, and it's not a full game? I didn't get that from the announcement at all. Kojima is crazy! I trust the date, at least
Edit: okay I think it's like if they took the Virtuous Mission ("'Virtual Mission'?!") and released it before Snake Eater ("snaaaaaake eaaatuuuuuuuuuh!") I like it.

mistakable

#11

mistakable said:

well i wont buy it on PS4 until its as cheap as the PS3 version... why should we pay more, its the same game just prettier?
sounds like a scam to me!
Dont get me wrong though, game will probably still be awesome :P

rastamadeus

#12

rastamadeus said:

@Scollurio A game - any game! - that looks intriguing (to me) that isn't also coming on a current gen console. So far there is not one single next gen-only game that has made me even a tiny bit curious, let alone desperate to upgrade.

ShogunRokAdmin

#13

ShogunRok said:

I'll buy it if it's good. In other words, if it isn't just a glorified demo that I have to pay for. Who can say at this point.

rastamadeus

#17

rastamadeus said:

@Z9DaftRadio Always found the inFAMOUS games to be all mouth and no trousers and this one looks like more of the same. The Order looked like it could be the one for me then I saw the second half of the E3 trailer, yawned and turned it off. Neither do it for me.

ShogunRokAdmin

#19

ShogunRok said:

@get2sammyb I thought Ground Zeroes was going to be sort of a sandbox thing with different objectives, while MGSV was going to be a fully open world next gen title? So yeah, a bit of a glorified demo but a game all the same.

Or did I just imagine all this?

get2sammybAdmin

#20

get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok You're right, I just imagine multiple objectives will mean: Complete the mission in under 10 minutes. Rescue all of the hostages. Collect the hidden magazines. Etc.

Big-Boss

#21

Big-Boss said:

I'll wait for the bundle, seeing as the two games are practically made for each other.

Gamer83

#22

Gamer83 said:

Ever since the first MGS I have loved this series always looked forward to a new release. For whatever reason, neither Rising or this have made me overly excited. Where as I bought my PS3 a full year ahead of MGS 4 (at the time was hoping the game would be out sooner), this one hasn't even been on my radar and I can't exactly figure out why. It's not the stuff going on with voice actors because really in the end that's a just a little, nitpicky thing and it's not even the fact that this game is supposed to be more open world (could be really good or really bad for the series depending on how it's executed). I think it all has to do with the cash cow Konami has turned this franchise into, even Kojima himself doesn't seem overly excited. Hopefully the game, glorified demo or what ever it is, turns out well, I fully expect it will, but it's just different to me this time to not see the usual hype surrounding MGS. Konami, like many studios these days, seems set to run its big frachise into the ground.

Carl-G

#23

Carl-G said:

I will buy anything Kojima does even if the 1st bit is 1 second of gameplay because you KNOW that, that 1 second of gameplay will be better than most full games :P

Sanquine

#24

Sanquine said:

So i'm paying 30 bucks for a beta ? LOL This is the same shit as gran turismo 5 prologue ...

turtlelink

#25

turtlelink said:

Hmmm... I hope its not as short as the Tanker Mission or Virtuous Mission, then it should be fine.

ivanmata

#26

ivanmata said:

Oh man! We'll have to buy two games to get the whole experience! I hope Phantom Pain comes cheaper if you own Ground Zeroes.

banacheck

#27

banacheck said:

Kojima did say months back that Ground Zeroes was a separate game from The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes starts 9 years before The Phantom Pain, The Phantom Pain is also 300 times bigger content wise. Knowing Kojima Ground Zeroes will come with The Phantom Pain about 6months later.

But i'll be buying it for the PS4.

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