Release date(s) :
Na : March 18, 2014
Eu/Jp : March 20, 2014
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is an upcoming open world action-adventure stealth video game developed by Kojima Productions and produced by Konami. It is part of a sub-series of prequels in the Metal Gear series, taking place after Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Ground Zeroes will stand alone as the first half to Metal Gear Solid V, acting as the prologue for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
As in Peace Walker, Ground Zeroes will offer a base-building feature that allows players to develop weapons and items from their virtual motherbase. The player is also given the ability to access the motherbase from their real-life smartphones. Series director Hideo Kojima revealed that the game has a new day and night cycle that runs in real-time, and that “depending on how you travel between one stage to the next, the travel time will affect the time of day when you arrive at your destination”. A new gameplay direction will allow the player to choose in what order the story events take place by selecting missions in any order they like, and yet still “understand the encompassing message by the end”.
Kojima has spoken about the restrictive nature of previous Metal Gear titles, saying that they “set [the player] on one rail to get from point A to point B, with a certain amount of freedom between”. In stark contrast, Kojima’s team will instead offer the player new ways of traversal and sneaking methods, such as taking a plane, helicopter or motorcycle to the mission area. This is in order for Kojima to accomplish a “true open world experience” with Ground Zeroes.