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News  27, Feb 2014

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will feature iDroid app

Companion app for iOS and Android allows players to perform in-game map commands on their phone and spot locations where players have died

Image credit: Konami

Players hoping for some smartphone connectivity feature to go along with their brand of tactical espionage action are in luck. Konami Digital Entertainment’s upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (a prologue game before the real deal that is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain) will introduce the iDroid companion app that will be available for devices supporting iOS and Android.

The app lets users perform in-game commands like checking out the game’s map, searching for landmarks and highlighted soldiers, calling for air support, etc. The programme also lets players find out ‘Heat Map’ spots where other users get the ‘Game Over’ screen at, which highlights danger spots for players to avoid (similar to the online message system in the RPG hit Dark Souls). The app is integrated into SmartGlass for the Xbox versions of the title.

If fans don’t have a smartphone or tablet on hand, they can access the in-game version of the app. The catch is that the game won’t be paused while they’re using it, so players are prone to enemy fire. In other words, it’s recommended that players have a smart device handy. The app will be ready when the game itself is ready, which is on March 18.

Image credit: Konami

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In related news, the PS4 retail version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has received a price cut from US$39.90 to US$29.90. This will keep it at the same price point as the digital PS4 version of the game. The PS3 and Xbox 360 physical and digital versions will go for US$29.90 and US$19.90 respectively. It still feels a bit much for what appears to be a demo to the real game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but at least Konami is making a slight effort to mitigate the wallet damage for its fans.

Jonathan Toyad

Jonathan Toyad

If you want an elaborate answer on who would win in a fight between Ultraman and Godzilla, Jonathan Toyad is your man. A six-year veteran in the game journalism industry, he did words and videos for outlets such as GameSpot, GameAxis, IGN and Stuff.TV. Fears coyotes and scorched earths.

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