Were you worried that Konami’s upcoming stealth sequel prologue Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes may take an age to deploy on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4? You can put those concerns to bed, as developer Kojima Productions has nonchalantly confirmed on the Xbox Wire – yes, we know – that you’ll be playing the release from 18th March in North America. That’s really not that far away.

Outspoken director Hideo Kojima has described the release as being similar to the pre-title sequence in a Hollywood movie, as it will build directly into the plot of proper sequel Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Of course, you usually get the abovementioned introduction as part of a single cinema ticket. It’s still not exactly clear how much content this standalone purchase will actually contain.

Those of you that snag the PlayStation version of the game will unlock a bonus mission featuring Snake’s original PSone skin. Xbox owners, meanwhile, will unlock the slightly more interesting Raiden add-on. Hopefully, the extras will be made available to fans of both brands in the future, as it seems a little ridiculous to lock the content out – especially considering that this title is on shaky ground already. Will you be adding the release to your inventory? Come out of your cardboard box in the comments section below.

[via news.xbox.com]