Many gamers all over the world weren’t too excited by quite a few elements of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and apparently Japanese gamers aren’t an exception, despite the fact that the game is the first of the main series to launch on multiple platforms from the get go.
The PS3 version of the game sold 119,615 copies according to Media Create, while the PS4 version followed at a relatively short distance with 91, 821 copies. The Xbox 360 version didn’t even make the top 20, which means it sold less than 10,293 copies.
This means that the game sold, between all platforms, less than 221,729 copies in its first week in Japan. That would be definitely good result if we weren’t talking about a numbered Metal Gear Solid game, but we are.
To put the sales in perspective, let’s look at all the first weeks of sales of numbered Metal Gear Solid games in Japan (without counting remakes). We added Peace Walker as well, since many consider it part of the main series.
- Metal Gear Solid (Playstation) – 349,921
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – 469,683
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) – 493,827
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) – 480,695
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) – 445,138
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Under 221,729
As you can see, besides the first title, back when the series wasn’t yet as popular as became afterwards, numbered Metal Gear Solid tites always sold between just south of 450,000 copies and 500,000 their debut week in Japan.
Ground Zeroes didn’t even manage to reach half the amount of its predecessors besides the first.
While the game is definitely quite fun, maybe Konami and Kojima-san should take this as a clear signal that the “prologue” approach doesn’t work so well, after all.
Will The Phantom Pain heal the wound? Quite possibly, but we’ll have to wait at least a year to know.