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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes release date announced, Xbox-exclusive content detailed

Kojima Productions' open-world game launching March 18, 2014; "Jamais Vu" mission will be available only on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, will launch on March 18, 2014, across all platforms, Konami announced today.

The release date comes by way of a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which introduces players to the "Jamais Vu" mission, playable only on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In this mission, players are cast as the cyborg ninja Raiden and must take down enemy bioroid "snatchers." Check out the trailer below for more.

PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players will also receive exclusive content in the form of a "Deja Vu" mission, where you'll play as classic Solid Snake.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be available to download on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or in stores for current-generation consoles, for $30. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners will also be able to download the game for $20.

Ground Zeroes runs on the Fox Engine and features a day/night cycle, as well as dynamic weather conditions that affect gameplay. Missions are designed to help players understand the game's new control and gameplay mechanics, Konami said.

Concerning story, Ground Zeroes will follow Big Boss as he infiltrates a Cuban prison camp on a rescue mission. Players will encounter "explosive plotlines," as Big Boss finds himself on enemy soil in a heap of trouble

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will follow sometime later, though Konami has not yet announced a release date for the open-world game. Series creator Hideo Kojima recently said that the game has "enormous volume" and will not be finished for some time.

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