Free MGSV: The Phantom Pain DLC for those who buy Ground Zeroes early on

Aside from announcing a price drop for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Konami made a few additional announcements.

Players who buy Ground Zeroes will receive exclusive downloadable content they can use in The Phantom Pain. This content is described as ‘additional resources for Mother Base’. This DLC will be available in the ‘first batch’ of the retail versions of Ground Zeroes, and for a ‘limited period’ in the digital versions.

As stated earlier, characters rescued in GZ and character skins will also carry over to The Phantom Pain.

Thirdly, Konami also announced the iDroid App. This companion app allows players to connect their smartphones and tablets to the game and use them for various things, such as displaying the map, calling air support and playing cassette tapes.

Here is a part of the official press release:

First, it was revealed that those who purchase METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES early on will receive exclusive DLC for use within THE PHANTOM PAIN. The DLC will only be available in the first batch of the retail version and for a limited period of time for the digital version. The DLC provides players with additional resources for a Mother Base area that will be available in THE PHANTOM PAIN. Mother Base is introduced during the events of GROUND ZEROES and plays a central role in the forthcoming METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. Unlocked through downloadable code, the added staff for Mother Base will give GROUND ZEROES players an edge when they take on THE PHANTOM PAIN.
In addition, anyone that purchases GROUND ZEROES will be able to unlock exclusive content within the game to carry-over to THE PHANTOM PAIN. Prisoners of war and VIPs rescued in GROUND ZEROS will be added to the Mother Base staff in THE PHANTOM PAIN, providing GROUND ZEROES players an early in-game advantage; character skins will also be able to be carried over.

Source: Konami Press Release, via Kotaku, Gamespot

  • Euro Snake

    “character skins will also be able to be carried over.”

    So Uniforms confirmed?

    • James

      MGS1 Solid Snake skin unlock perhaps?

      • CrazyGuy207

        Battle armor from peace walker?

    • jokester178

      Yeah i belive so

  • César H. Sandoval

    It seems that I made the wise choice waiting to preorder.

    • Machine Gun Kid

      So if you already pre ordered gz online you miss out on this? if so pretty weak and confuseing

      • Nyxus

        I assume you would be in the first batch if you pre-ordered it, which would mean you get the DLC. Not sure though, but that seems most logical to me.

        • solidmatt

          But is GZ up for preorder yet on PSN?

          • Nyxus

            I don’t know about that. But I don’t think it will matter for the digital copy, they can’t run out of those anyway and if you buy it within the given time period, you should be good.

        • Machine Gun Kid

          Yea, i just wish i knew for sure. Article dosent say that it includes online pre orders. Seems like i wont find out for sure until its to late. Hopefully they include the down load code to those of us who pre ordered it online when they ship it to us.

    • Schmojima

      I’m asking myself the exact same question…I preordered in january, so am I getting this bonus content or not? I mean, I preordered as soon as I could (over Amazon Germany)…

      I don’t get it… ö_Ö

      • J Rod

        w/ Amazon, dey give you the lowest price drop guarantee, soooo ur good, I, however, dont know, since I pre-ordered it from game stop

  • Jonny2x4

    The Phantom Pain DLCs was confirmed by the Japanese website a few weeks ago though. Still nice to see the western releases are getting similar bonuses.

    • Nyxus

      Yeah, you never know if they make it to the west, sometimes there’s exclusive DLC for Japan (like the Solid Snake sword in Metal Gear Rising).

    • madbads

      Wouldn’t it be nicer that those “bonuses” are already part of the game , like an unlockable stuff or something, but who “unlocks” these days , let cut that from the game and sell it to them for the money hahaha…

  • Mercury Rising

    So if you buy the physical version of MGS:GZ on PS3, then do the digital upgrade, how will your game saves transfer over? No other game so far has offered that functionality for the single player experience.

    I do not want to spend a few hours unlocking things, just to have to do it all over again on the PS4. Maybe there is a new Transfarring method that Kojima has cooked up.

    • David Ruby

      Could just get the PS4 version of GZ and save all that useless mental hassle

  • PrinceHeir

    Have they confirmed if the US will have Dual Audio??

    the JPN one is already confirmed to have English Subs(not sure about ENG voices)

    I’m torn with this since i was planning on buying this and Metal Gear Rising Special Edition(with all DLCs and exclusive Solid Snake sword) on Playasia this summer.

    Though i doubt the resources are that integral to the story aside from a early boost for mother base and all.

    What about save data transfer? will we be able to use our PS3 saves on PS4 Phantom Pain in the near future?

    The price drop of next gen versions are a good start!

    • IlikeMGS1&2&3-4isveryyybad

      PS3 to PS4 save data transfer was confirmed.

      http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=12428

    • glitchbomb

      Does the SE of Rising come with the Plasma sword lamp? I keep my lamp on more often once I realised it doesn’t have to be in plasma mode constantly! Haha

      • Nyxus

        No, that’s just a re-release packed with the DLC. The plasma lamp is only included in the US collector’s edition. The Japanese and European collector’s editions come with a Play Arts Raiden figure.

  • Jan Compaf

    Let the DLC whoring begin !

  • Golgari

    “The DLC provides players with additional resources for a Mother Base area that will be available in THE PHANTOM PAIN. ”

    Isn’t this makes gamers who bought MGSV:GZ overpowered in TPP? + you get extra stuff from Ground Zeroes playthrough to TPP. I know that’s for fans of the series but I’m afraid that when I will start MGSV:TPP, I won’t feel that I’m starting with my Mother Base from scratch. That first impression is important in videogames.

    • madbads

      then you simply tell them to fu*k themselves with it, and don’t buy the god forbidden DLC …

  • CrazyGuy207

    Is this the dlc that was spoken of for next gen physical copies?

  • madbads

    LoL what a load of bullshit,

    “Unlocked through downloadable code, the added staff for Mother Base will give GROUND ZEROES players an edge when they take on THE PHANTOM PAIN.”

    What bullshit is this? So its supposed to make the game even easier than it is ?
    Some kind of crappy pay to win in a SP game? And no else but Metal Gear ..

    Forgive my skepticism guys i know you all here love MG series to the bone , i do as well but i’m just afraid that corporate greed that shrouded the VGame industry doesn’t mess this one up so much…I’m 99% sure that it will and already is at least a tiny bit.

    • Janeo

      It’s free dlc when you buy ground zeroes why is that corporate greed

      • madbads

        Maybe cause they want you to buy it right now actually? they are trying to bring their sales up with it.. what about the game? shouldn’t a new MGS game alone be enough for us to buy? or it simply lacks the quality of a MGS game? i don’t even wanna think about it…

        • mummiess1

          Its a Metal Gear Solid game enough said.

          • madbads

            I agree, i agree , i just can’t stand these companies being so greedy and shady, konami is one of my favourites , they made all the games i love and now they trying to cash-in on some preorder bullshit , which could already be in the game…

        • Janeo

          Any metal gear fan is going to get the game straight away anyway it’s just bonus content anyway it’s not like we need the content to play the game. I think you are thinking to much into it, konami have always been a good company and this is going to be an amazing game. Konami aren’t being that greedy they even put the price down which they didn’t have to do since mgs has a big fan base and we were going to buy the game no matter the price. Metal gear is better then anything else out there so and it’s not preorder content you could buy the game day one and get the content

    • Nyxus

      I don’t think it’s going to be such a huge difference. Certainly not ‘pay to win’, probably just some soldiers for Mother Base that will be carried over.

    • glitchbomb

      No one is forcing you to use the code. It is just free extra content for those that want more.

  • “Mother Base is introduced during the events of GROUND ZEROES”

    Eh? so now were just foregoing previous games stories now? because I’m sure Mother Base was introduced during the events of Peace Walker.

    • Nyxus

      I think they mean in the context of these two games.

  • glitchbomb

    Haha. I literally -just- woke up and for some reason this…
    “……game and use the for various things,” Made my brain glitch. Thanks for the info Nyx, this is great news!
    Question, anyone actually preorder this or are most of you just picking it up day of with no worries?

    • Nyxus

      Ah, a typo, I corrected it. 🙂

      I already pre-ordered and paid for the game a while ago because I could get a good deal.

    • Danny (Soundwave)

      I pre-ordered it too quite a while ago.

  • MAG Snake

    Ok well I get all this info but my question is How do I know I purchased a early mgs;gz? If its only for first batch versions. Does my pre-order count? can I get a confirmation by someone that really knows and now these I know everything people who dont evenwork for konami. Just saying I would appreciate help but only by factual people. Thank you ahead of time and I just had to add, I love this site…

    • Nyxus

      I can’t help you with that. If I had to guess I think you should be fine if you pre-ordered it, but that’s just guesswork. Maybe ask a Konami representative on Twitter?

  • Snake

    i need help here so if buy MGS Gz on ps3 i get the DLC right automatically, but can i carry it on on PS4 later lets say few months later when Phantom pain will be released.can i have the DLC on my ps3 and saved data to my new PS4 or i cant . ?? this question will kill me.

  • Snake

    what if i buy ps3 copy only, can i access the DLC from my ps4 later ? or transfer it

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  • Jomama Omyballs

    It said characters rescued, but I think you can only transfer Prisoners and VIPs to TPP.

  • Jon Givens
  • Pimpin and bitches…

    How do I know if I have the characters?

  • Troy Stevens Jr

    Any1 else unable to retrieve Phantom pain dlc codes from Konami Vault

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