Konami has today announced how MGS: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain will link up, as well as revealing the expected launch for the games.
Explaining the relationship between the two titles, Hideo Kojima, Creator of the MGS series and Head of Kojima Productions commented: "The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine have allowed me to tell the new story in a new way. There will be a significant difference in what MGS 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, MGS: Ground Zeroes has been designed to introduce key elements, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game will offer.”
Ground Zeroes charts a rescue mission as users infiltrate a Cuban prison camp, and sets in motion a series of events that culminate in the plotlines of The Phantom Pain. The prelude showcases key advances to the series made possible by its use of Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine, with a large open environment, and missions where time of day and weather have a dynamic effect on the game and its missions. These elements will play a vital part in the story set up in Ground Zeroes, while familiarising users with the possibilities they offer ahead of The Phantom Pain.
Both titles will be released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Ground Zeroes will be released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in Spring 2014. The boxed PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will retail at £29.99, while the digital versions will retail for £19.99. The PlayStation 4 and XboxOne digital versions will retail for £29.99. Phantom Pain is likely to be released later in 2014.