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.