Konami today announced that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be released sometime in "Spring 2014." The game will be released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 consoles. Boxed copies for current-generation consoles will cost only $30, while digital versions will sell for $20. Digital copies for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will cost $30.
The company is describing Ground Zeroes as an "entry experience and prologue" for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the larger entry into the Metal Gear cannon. Players will enter a Cuban prison camp on a rescue mission. The events that take place during the prologue will propel the events of The Phantom Pain, similar to other Metal Gear Solid game prologues.
The content will supposedly introduce players to the new gameplay elements that will be seen in Metal Gear Solid V. In particular, the preview will act as a "bridge" between previous Metal Gear Solid titles, which have been largely linear, and The Phantom Pain, which features a large open-world environment.
“The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine have allowed me to tell the new story in a new way," said Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid games. "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. As such, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been designed to introduce key elements, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game will offer.”