By Max Keil / February 26th, 2014
Yesterday, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., released a bunch of new information about Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes in a press release. Principal among the new details is how much buying and playing Ground Zeroes will affect the experience of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Early copies of Ground Zeroes will include a code for downloadable content in the form of extra resources for the Mother Base feature in The Phantom Pain. Additionally, simply playing Ground Zeroes will allow players to rescue POWs and VIPs who carry over as staff for Mother Base in The Phantom Pain.
Outside the game itself, there will be a second-screen companion app for mobile devices called iDroid. Available free for iOS, Android, and Xbox SmartGlass, the app aims to recreate one of Big Boss’ in-game communication devices. Users will be able to pull up maps, call in air support, or listen to cassette tapes found in Camp Omega.
In addition, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Ground Zeroes will also have their price dropped to the $29.99 price tag of the physical PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. This may be to encourage more players to pick up the prologue ahead of the release of The Phantom Pain rather than waiting for a possible bundle of the two-part Metal Gear Solid V.
All this exclusive content may not be enough reason to go out and buy one of the new consoles to play Ground Zeroes, but coupled with the previously announced Classic Snake DLC, it may be enough for PlayStation 4 owners to grab their copy.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is set for release in North American stores and online March 18th for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. It will be released in Europe March 20th.
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