Although Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain is still far from release, it's prologue Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be released for XBox 360, ONE, PS3 and PS4 in March of next year. The game will run $19.99 on current gen consoles and $29.99 on next gen consoles.
Series creator Hideo Kojima told XBox Wire on next-gen gaming:
I'm most looking forward to the "pseudo-cloud" era that the next generation of hardware will bring. It's still one step away from the "true" cloud revolution, but it will allow players to interact with their games, and each other in new and exciting ways using multiple devices such as tablets and smart devices. Social experiences and player interaction are what will drive the next wave of games.
In the newest gameplay trailer, they reveal an exclusive mission available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 called 'Jamais Vu' that will let you play as Raiden. An earlier announcement was for mission 'Deja Vu' that let's you play as Classic Snake and is exclusive to Playstation.
The Phantom Pain has enormous volume, so it will require much more time. So, together with the marketing staff, we consulted ‘what ifs’ and such, and came to the decision of allowing fans to at least play the prologue, ahead of time. We want to offer it for as cheap as possible, so at first we thought about making it as a download only; however, after thinking about people around the world, and how some places don’t have the best connectivity, we’re preparing a physical version.
Kojima has said that players with save files for Ground Zeroes will have "a little treat" when they boot up The Phantom Pain when it's finally released.
In response to popular demand for more details regarding how day and night plays a role in stealth gameplay, Kojima Productions has created a new METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES trailer that exhibits how gameplay can deviate drastically, depending on time of day, weather and other climatic conditions.
In the previous "Day Mission" gameplay video, Big Boss embarked on a "Side Ops" mission to locate a high-value target and recover hidden intelligence. However, the daylight served as a disadvantage, and the mission ended in all-out battle and a blazing car chase. In the new "Night Mission" gameplay video, Big Boss tackles a side objective within the main "Ground Zeroes" mission using hardcore stealth, under the cloak of night, to infiltrate and extract a POW from the clandestine blacksite, "Camp Omega."
Kojima Productions has also announced the "Jamais Vu" exclusive mission for Xbox fans. As a throwback to the 1988 Kojima-helmed, cult favorite game, "SNATCHER," the menacing bioroid "Snatchers" are dropped into Camp Omega to kill and steal identities of everything they come in contact with. But to kill off old enemies, players need a new hero- enter Raiden, the superhuman ninja cyborg from previous METAL GEAR titles, including most recently METAL GEAR RISING REVENGANCE. This time, Raiden dispenses with his HF Blade in favor of heavy weaponry to annihilate the "Snatcher" threat.
METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is a prologue and the first release in the METAL GEAR SOLID V Experience. METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, which will be released after, completes the fifth chapter in the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise. Anchored in a deep story mode involving tactical espionage and double crossing, METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES also expands into numerous "Side Ops" missions that branch off the story campaign and allows players to tackle new objectives independent of the main game.
METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES will begin hitting retail stores beginning March 18, 2014 for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The game will be available in retail stores nationwide on current generation systems for the MSRP of $29.99 or via download for $19.99. For Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation 4 systems, the game will be available for the MSRP of $39.99 for the retail version or via download for $29.99.