While Kojima had made it sound as though Metal Gear Solid V would be one package encompassing the prologue – Ground Zeroes – and the rest of the game – The Phantom Pain – Konami have just revealed that these will both retail as standalone titles.
So, Ground Zeroes will introduce gameplay mechanics, which aim to ease players into the open world environments, which will then be expanded upon with the release of The Phantom Pain, presumably later in the year, with Ground Zeroes effectively acting as a bridge between old Metal Gear Solid and new.
Since it’s a shorter game, and effectively a bridge title, Ground Zeroes will retail at £29.99 boxed, or £19.99 if you want the PS3 or Xbox 360 download versions. If you want the PS4 or Xbox One download versions, then you’ll have to shell out £29.99.
This is an odd move, particularly since Ground Zeroes contains vital elements of the overall story. It seems as though they’re expecting you to pay £70 or £80 minimum for the full Metal Gear Solid V experience.
Konami have also released some new screenshots, which you can see below:
I don’t think any one game should be split up into two parts, no matter how much content there is – Fallout and The Elder Scrolls offer hundreds of hours of play, but it’s always the same price point. This is as if they’re doing downloadable content the wrong way around.
Source: Press Release