Konami and Kojima Productions have announced a Spring release window for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
Ground Zeroes is a sort of taster for the new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and includes one sole mission connecting the events that lead to Phantom Pain which is slated to be released sometime in 2014.
In a report by IGN, series creator Hideo Kojima said, "The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine have allowed me to tell the new story in a new way. There will be a significant difference in what The Phantom Pain brings to the series, so we want to ease players into the new open world environment and its potential. As such, Ground Zeroes has been designed to introduce key elements, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game will offer."
According to Kojima, Ground Zeroes will contain one single mission - which can be seen below - that places Snake (Big Boss) in Cuba on a rescue mission in an "open world" environment. Ground Zeroes hits current/next-gen consoles in Spring 2014 for $19.99/$29.99.
Is Ground Zeroes just a pay-to-play demo? I guess we will find out next spring.
My opinion: Although it's far too early to pass judgement, I am slightly worried that this single mission may not warrant a $30 price tag. On most occasions, a price like that on any other game would provide a rather large chunk of a game. In this day and age, $15 can get you anywhere between 2 and 50 hours for downloadable games. A game like Limbo can be completed in its entirety in 5 hours. Spend another $15 and Rainbow Moon will occupy 120 hours if you're a completionist. Here's hoping Ground Zeroes is significantly impressive in terms of depth and length for $30.