Despite Outcry Over Length, Over 1 Million Copies Of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Shipped

by Mike Futter on Apr 25, 2014 at 06:16 AM

When we first discussed our experiences with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for our March 2014 issue, there was outcry over the amount of content Konami was including. Many fans and critics decried the then $40 game (dropped to $30 before release) as an expensive demo.

Konami has announced that Ground Zeroes has shipped over one million copies of its cross-generation title. This includes digital and retail copies sold to customers as well as copies sold to retailers that have not yet been moved to end users.

In celebration, Konami will make the platform exclusive Jamais Vu (originally on Xbox only) and Déjà Vu (PlayStation only) missions available to all. No matter which platform you’re playing on, you’ll have access to both of these missions. 

Jamais Vu puts players in control of Raiden, who must fight off Snatchers (a reference to a classic Kojima title of the same name). Déjà Vu offers up a pixelated Snake, from Metal Gear Solid, who must recreate scenes from the PlayStation 1 title.

For more on Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, be sure to check out our review. For more on the upcoming The Phantom Pain, visit our coverage hub from March 2014.


Our Take
This is an instance of vocal gamers not reflecting the purchase habits of the broader population. More pessimistically, it's an instance of the loudest voices also not acting in accordance with their own stated beliefs. This happens more than you would expect, as evidenced by the classic Modern Warfare PC "boycott" example and the overwhelming success of Bethesda's Horse Armor DLC for Oblivion. People might say they don't like some of the things that publishers do, but the sales data tells a different story.