Next-gen price drop, DLC, iDROID app revealed for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

mgs-v-ground-zeros-logoKonami this morning was nice enough to reveal a few interesting new details for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

To make the pricing scheme a bit more reasonable for the relatively short prologue, Konami has announced that the retail PS4 and Xbox One versions of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will only cost $29.99 instead of $39.99 as originally announced for the retail copy. That brings it inline with the current generation retail copies and the digital next gen copies.

It was announced that those who pick up the game at launch will be privy to an exclusive piece of Mother Base DLC which will also play an important role in The Phantom Pain.  Additionally, other unlockables from Ground Zeroes, including rescued POWs and VIPs and character skins, will transfer over to The Phantom Pain.

They also released details on their iDROID app for iOS, Android and Xbox Smartglass devices. iDroid apparently replicates Big Boss? own communication and map device and players can use their own device to access maps, call air support, or play cassette tapes found on the battlefield.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is set to launch on March 18th, 2014 for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.  Read on for the announcement from Konami with a few more details.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced new details for METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. As launch day nears, KONAMI is releasing new details around one of the year?s most anticipated games.
First, it was revealed that those who purchase METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES early on will receive exclusive DLC for use within THE PHANTOM PAIN. The DLC will only be available in the first batch of the retail version and for a limited period of time for the digital version. The DLC provides players with additional resources for a Mother Base area that will be available in THE PHANTOM PAIN. Mother Base is introduced during the events of GROUND ZEROES and plays a central role in the forthcoming METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. Unlocked through downloadable code, the added staff for Mother Base will give GROUND ZEROES players an edge when they take on THE PHANTOM PAIN.

In addition, anyone that purchases GROUND ZEROES will be able to unlock exclusive content within the game to carry-over to THE PHANTOM PAIN. Prisoners of war and VIPs rescued in GROUND ZEROS will be added to the Mother Base staff in THE PHANTOM PAIN, providing GROUND ZEROES players an early in-game advantage; character skins will also be able to be carried over.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES will also bring the game to life by featuring a second-screen iDROID app, which replicates Big Boss? in-game communication/map device. Downloadable via iOS, Android and Xbox Smart Glass systems for FREE, the iDROID app syncs the main action to a secondary device. Users can call up maps, summon air support, or play any of the cassette tapes found throughout Camp Omega.

Last, KONAMI has also announced that it will offer both physical and digital versions of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, for an SRP of $29.99. Bringing pricing in-line with the ?current generation? price, KONAMI aims to provide as many people as possible an opportunity to experience Kojima Productions? FOX Engine and the first installment in the two-part METAL GEAR SOLID V experience. METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES for PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will remain at the SRP of $29.99 for retail and via download for SRP $19.99.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES will be available in retail stores nationwide and online beginning March 18, 2014.