The game offers a total freedom of movement within its missions.

Johannesburg - Konami Digital Entertainment has released the eagerly anticipated and critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for PlayStation4, PlayStation3 and Xbox 360.

Dovetailing into events in the forthcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions has created Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes as an entry experience and prologue campaign.

It serves to introduce key gameplay components that will be explored in the fifth, full Metal Gear Solid epic, and act as a bridge between the linearity of existing titles and the full open-world environments of The Phantom Pain.

Explaining the relationship between the two titles, Hideo Kojima – Creator of the Metal Gear Solid series and Head of Kojima Productions – commented: “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 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain brings to the series, so we want to ease players into the new open world environment and its potential. As such Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes has been designed to introduce key elements, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game will offer.”

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes takes place in 1975 and sets in motion a series of events that culminate in the stunning plotlines of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Ground Zeroes centres on Big Boss - legendary hero and mercenary - as he infiltrates a sprawling secret prison base called ‘Camp Omega’ in Cuba on a rescue mission.

He soon finds himself alone behind enemy lines with a truly non-linear mission that showcases key advances to the series made possible by its use of Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine.

Ground Zeroes is centred on a large open environment, with missions where time of day and weather have a dynamic effect on the game and its content. The game offers a total freedom of movement within its missions, with users choosing how they engage guards, the route they pick, and who they rescue. As such, it offers incredible replay value and encourages the player to revisit its content in order to find more of its many secrets. Furthermore, the game features an online global ranking system where players can compete in unique in-game and mission challenges and achievements to see how they compare against others around the world.