Ground Zeroes Gets a Price Drop, Companion App and Content for Phantom Pain

Ground Zeroes Gets a Price Drop, Companion App and Content for Phantom Pain

The upcoming Metal Gear prologue has some added extras.

Ground Zeroes, the upcoming standalone prologue chapter for Metal Gear Solid V, has come under fire recently for apparently being rather short -- claims that were swiftly rebuffed by both Konami and people who had actually played the game.

Still, some concerns remain in gamers' minds, primarily over the pricing structure -- many see what they interpret to be a glorified demo as being too expensive, particularly on the next-gen platforms it's designed to shine on. In response to these concerns, Konami has lowered the price of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One physical and digital versions of Ground Zeroes from $39.99 to $29.99, which brings them in line with their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 physical counterparts. The 360 and PS3 digital versions will still be a further $10 cheaper at $19.99.

Alongside the price drop, Konami has also announced a few added bonuses for those who pick up Ground Zeroes. First up is some "exclusive" DLC for The Phantom Pain, Metal Gear Solid V proper. The DLC will provide players with additional resources for an area called Mother Base that is introduced in Ground Zeroes and explored further in The Phantom Pain. Furthermore, those who play Ground Zeroes will be able to use their save file to unlock additional content in The Phantom Pain. Prisoners of war and VIPs you rescue in the prequel will carry across the The Phantom Pain as additional staff for Mother Base, giving you an advantage in the early game. You'll also be able to carry over any character skins you unlock.

A companion iOS and Android app will also launch alongside Ground Zeroes. Dubbed iDroid -- do you see what they did there? -- the app will replicate Big Boss' in-game device and allow you to call up maps, play the collectible cassette tapes or summon the seemingly obligatory air support found in most other second-screen companion apps.

Ground Zeroes is set for release on March 18.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Related articles

The Console Wars Are Almost as Dumb as Actual Wars

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Phil Spencer says tribalism could drive him out of the industry.

Cuphead's Delicious Last Course Pushed Back Until It's Ready

The final sip will need to steep a while longer.

Super Mario Maker Support on Wii U is Coming to an End Next Year

That means it'll also be removed from the eShop soon.

Microsoft Is Working to "Identify and Resolve" Performance Issues in Xbox Series X Games

A Microsoft spokesperson says that developers are "just now scratching the surface" of what the new Xbox consoles can do.

You may also like

Metro Exodus Is Getting a Next-Gen Version Next Year

4A Games is also working on the next Metro and exploring potential for multiplayer.

Sony Promises More PS5 Supply for Holidays After Record-Breaking Launch

Despite the widespread e-commerce woes, the PS5 had the biggest console debut ever.

Marvel's Avengers Has Yet to Make Back Its Development Costs

Square Enix is saying it will continue pushing toward making the game profitable, however.

Baldur's Gate 3's Next Update Will Have Its First Story Changes

Be sure to read the fine print about your saves, though.