Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes News

Watch the first Metal Gear Survive gameplay

Watch the first Metal Gear Survive gameplay

"It's like a nightmare that you can't wake up from!"

Konami revealed the first gameplay footage of Metal Gear Survive today at Tokyo Game Show.

As you can see in the following footage, this four-player co-op spin-off looks a lot like Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The graphics and setting appear almost identical, only now there's co-op and zombies.

There's still a fair bit of stealth though as players can slither through the grass and use fulton balloons on wildlife to bait the undead. Sometimes things get more action-focused, such as a section where the players set up a beacon and have to defend it from an onslaught of zombies.

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Last month the Metal Gear Solid fan remake, Shadow Moses Project, was unceremoniously shut down, ostensibly due to legal pressure from Konami. But now the folks behind that, the Fan Legacy Team, have started a new MGS-related project with another person spurned by Konami: the original Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter.

Escape From New York IP-holder wanted to sue Metal Gear Solid

John Carpenter said not to, because Kojima is "a nice guy".

It's no secret that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is a fan of John Carpenter's 1981 Kurt Russell vehicle Escape From New York. I mean, the main character in his beloved stealth series is even named after New York's gruff anti-hero and they even share the same mullet, eyepatch, five o'clock shadow and gruff voice. There's yet another reference to Kurt Russell's character in Metal Gear Solid 2 wherein Snake goes by the alias "Iroquois Plissken". The similarities were so close that the company who owns the rights to the film, CanalPlus, wanted to sue Kojima over it.

Metal Gear stylin': Konami is launching an MGS clothing line

UPDATE 08/05/2015: Konami has unveiled its Metal Gear Solid 1984 collection of clothes via the Insert Coin website.

There are a raft of 22 T-shirts and 40 jumpers and other bits and bobs based on the Metal Gear Solid franchise and, specifically, the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5. There's a lot of Shadow Moses, Foxhound and Snake gubbins going. The 55 Diamond Dogs 84 jacket, right, looks nice.

Here's a gallery of images. Tempted?

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes gets a Steam release date

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is coming to PC via Steam on 18th December, Konami has announced.

The publisher confirmed it will be 4K compatible, so its improved resolution will produce fancy effects like a greater number of light sources.

"The very best thing about Ground Zeroes is how the series has cast away so many of its cinematic pretensions and fallen in love with being a video game all over again," wrote Martin Robinson in his MGS5: Ground Zeroes review. "As a precursor to Phantom Pain, it suggests that greatness awaits, but even on its own terms Ground Zeroes is something special."

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MGS5: Ground Zeroes sales triple on PS4 over Xbox One

MGS5: Ground Zeroes sales triple on PS4 over Xbox One

And I always thought Snake was so fond of boxes.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes sold three times as many copies on PS4 than it did on Xbox One, Konami has revealed.

While it didn't go into exact sales figures, Konami's latest financial report noted that its software sales for the quarter ending on 30th June consisted of 12 per cent PS4 software, whereas Xbox One software only made up four per cent. Look closely, however, and you'll see that Ground Zeroes is Konami's only game on these platforms, so it's clear what this is referring to.

Of course, Ground Zeroes launched in mid-March, a couple of weeks before the last quarter ended. Looking at this launch window, Ground Zeroes on PS4 made up eight per cent of Konami's software sales for the year ending 31st March 2014, whereas its Xbox One counterpart made up three per cent of such sales.

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Platform exclusive MGS5: Ground Zeroes content to be made available to all

UPDATE: The platform exclusive content for Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be made available to all players for free on 1st May, Konami has announced.

That's for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

ORIGINAL STORY 25/04/2014: The platform exclusive content for Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be made available to all players soon for free, Konami has announced.

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MGS: Ground Zeroes can be completed in under two hours

UPDATE: Kojima responds, says "clear time" doesn't indicate "play time."

UPDATE 06/02/2014 2.20AM: Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has responded to GameInformer's report that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is less than two hours long. The enigmatic developer took to Twitter to explain that Ground Zeroes' non-linear design means it contains a lot more depth than its more structured forebears and simply making a beeline for the credits is missing much of what makes Ground Zeroes special.

Xbox Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes has exclusive Raiden mission

Xbox Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes has exclusive Raiden mission

UPDATE: UK release date and pricing confirmed.

UPDATE: Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes launches in Europe on 20th March 2014, Konami has announced.

The prequel to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be sold in shops on current generation systems for 29.99 or as a download for 19.99. Digital versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One cost 29.99.

ORIGINAL STORY: The PlayStation versions of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes have exclusive content. Now, so do the Xbox versions.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes teases "exclusive Xbox content"

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes teases "exclusive Xbox content"

Hopefully it's more than a skin from 1998.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is set to have "exclusive Xbox content," according to a new trailer for the Xbox One.

It's unclear what this new content will entail or if it's for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, or just the Xbox One. We've requested comment on this from Microsoft and are currently awaiting reply.

Chances are it won't be anything too substantial, give that the game's tease for a PlayStation-exclusive ended up being the "Deja Vu Mission" in which you can play as a lo-fi version of Solid Snake based on his avatar from the original PlayStation One Metal Gear Solid. Any guesses what the Microsoft equivalent of this will be? Perhaps a Raiden skin based on his MGS2 appearance?

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes announces PlayStation-exclusive "Deja Vu Mission"

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima announced the PlayStation-exclusive "Deja Vu Mission" for Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes at Sony's PS4 launch event.

This PlayStation-exclusive bonus allows players to play as Classic Snake, a lo-fi avatar of Solid Snake based on his appearance in the first MGS from 1998. That game's DARPA chief, Donald Anderson, is also briefly shown in a similarly low-polygon model.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is due next spring on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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Kojima inadvertently teases PlayStation-exclusive content for MGS: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has inadvertently teased PlayStation-exclusive content for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to MGS5: The Phantom Pain.

In Kojima's tweet of the game's poster one can barely make out a plaque in the corner detailing some of the prologue's selling points (larger version available here, via NeoGAF). These include: "Multiple missions with central story and side-ops missions," that the game "takes place in 1975 after Peacewalker and nine years before The Phantom Pain," and most excitingly, it contains "exclusive content for PlayStation platform."

Unfortunately there's no telling exactly what this content will be. We've requested comment from Konami, but given how this info came out, we're not holding our breath on much clarification. Last time a multi-platform MGS game received PlayStation-exclusive content, it involved Snake hunting the Ape Escape simians in a separate challenge mode in Metal Gear Solid 3 - granted that game was exclusive to PS2 when it launched. It was only the later 3DS version of the game that added Yoshi toys to the campaign.

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