Metal Gear Solid 5 – Release Date Spring 2014

“Kept you waiting huh?”

On Monday 4th 2013 Konami confirmed that Hideo Kojima’s next instalment in the long running Metal Gear Solid saga, MGS 5: Ground Zeroes will release as a standalone game in the spring of 2014.

The game has long been touted as a prelude to full sequel MGS 5: The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes has been described as an introduction to the new open world gameplay mechanics Kojima is introducing to the series.

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“Metal Gear….it can’t be!”

The Ground Zeroes ‘game’ will focus on the mission to infiltrate a Cuban prison camp. This camp and mission gameplay seen to date was depicted during the recent TGS video as shown below.

The game has been designed as a large open world playground with day and night times featuring. With the inclusion of the new elements, Kojim hopes players can approach missions in a non linear manner breaking tradition with previous MGS titles.

In serving as a prelude to the Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes will bridge the gap between not only in terms of gameplay but also from a narrative perspective.

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“What the…”

The boxed PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Ground Zeroes will go on sale for £29.99/€29.99. Digital versions of the game will be available for £19.99/€19.99, Konami has confirmed. In addition to the (fast ending) current gen, Next gen versions for The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One digital versions will sell for £29.99/€29.99.

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“Even if a pawn becomes a queen, it is still just a playing piece”

My initial thoughts are mixed. Finally having a release date is an obvious positive, but the price and dubious length of the title causes concern. When one thinks of a prelude one thinks of MGS 2 and the ‘Tanker Section and MGS 3 ‘Virtuous Mission’. While fun and immersive, parts of each respective title and their subsequent playtimes were dwarfed by their lengthy cut scenes. One can only assume that despite the open world nature, this prelude might suffer the same short gameplay length. At the Kojima/Konami suggested retail price one wonders if greed is the real driver behind a split release?

Little Richard once said

“men are so full of greed today, they’ll sell anything for a little piece of money.”

At £29.99 this is in no way a little piece of money for a little taste at Kojima’s latest creation. If anything Kojima should offer the game/demo/tutorial, however you wish to define Ground Zeroes free as a digital download. Kojima (or Konami) could have adopted a similar approach taken with Zone of the Enders and the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo (Tanker Section) and bundled Ground Zeroes with an upcoming Konami release…Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 perhaps? As a huge fan of the Metal Gear series, the constant re-releases in hd format and legacy collections etc etc leaves me jaded and lamenting the almost bi-annual money syphoning approach Konami/Kojima adopted on fans of the series. This is one title I will not be adding to my wish list any time soon. I think Marshall from How I Met Your Mother sums my feelings towards Konami/Kojima best…

words by david rushe

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3 comments
  1. I share your reservations about the split release of the game, however I have trust in Kojima that he will make Ground Zeroes more than simply a prologue akin to MGS2’s Tanker Episode or MGS3’s Virtuous Mission. Kojima is well aware of the expectations and demands of his fans, and I don’t think he’d skimp out on a game we’re forced to drop 30 bucks on (Interestingly, GZ will be quite a bit cheeper in North America, at 20/30 dollars instead of pounds, so the price is not as significant for me over here in Canada). This is, of course, speculation, and the powers at be might disappoint me.

  2. @gamingandart – I was very excited when I saw the footage at last year’s E3, it was akin to the same excitement I had for the original MGS 2 reveal way back when. However, my interest has waned and I am unsure whether or not I want to buy the game. Even though I loved the PS1 the main driver for me buying a PS2 was to play MGS2, I bought a PS3 to play MGS4, I will buy a PS4 to play everything and anything but MGS5, it no longer has the same must buy status for me. I remain sceptical about the new direction the game is taking, from the new open world game style to ditching Hayter as vocal lead. I look forward to being proved wrong by Kojima and Konami.

  3. tsitiko said:

    I umderstand both sides you guys have to think like konami not hideo metal hears last big realese brought some heat on them with MGR (metal gear rising) so im thinking they’re testing the waters on phantom pain by releaseing GZ I mean shit they cant really afford to have them release P.p amd the re-release of MGO with out putting a little worm in the water to se if the fish are still biteing

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