Despite controversy over its length, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes hits 1 million copies shipped

Konami announces first sales figure for recently released game; plus PlayStation and Xbox exclusive DLC available for all May 1.

Despite some controversy over its length, newly released stealth-action game Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has shipped over one million copies worldwide, publisher Konami announced today.

It's unclear how many copies of the game were actually sold. In the United States, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was the sixth best-selling game of the month, outpaced by Dark Souls II, Call of Duty: Ghosts, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Infamous: Second Son, and Titanfall in that order.

The 1 million shipped figure for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes refers to the number of physical units sent to retailers, so it obviously does not include sales figures for the digital versions available now for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

Konami also announced today a patch and a game update for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The latest title update, available May 1, will unlock and allow all players to access the Deja vu and Jamais Vu missions, which were previously available as exclusives for PlayStation and Xbox platforms, respectively.

The Deja vu mission is based on events from the original Metal Gear Solid and has you playing a low-polygon Snake. The Jamais Vu mission, on the other hand, references the 1998 game Snatcher. You play as superhuman ninja cyborg Raiden in this content.

As for the Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes patch, Konami didn't say when it will be available or what issues it will address.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is available today at retail stores for $30 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4, while the digital version sells for $30 on Xbox One and PS4 and $20 for Xbox 360 and PS3. It is a prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which does not yet have a release date.

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DJSAV_101
DJSAV_101

I recently rented it and I spent maybe 8 hours getting S ranks on Normal and Hard. I really enjoyed it and it just made me want to play The Phantom Pain even more. Hopefully they bundle this game with The Phantom Pain as I would like to go back and complete the trials I missed.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

If I owned metal gear I would never release another game. I would just chop up the game into a couple hour pieces and sell it full price. Obviously people want that.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Im glad I dont play games much anymore. Gaming has a future thats far from where it once was

tightwad34
tightwad34

@abcdefgabcdefgz At least there's Dark Souls games still. Though I can't say I would be glad if I didn't play much anymore. And I will say the future of games is brighter than that of most other forms of digital entertainment, save for TV shows(see Game of Thrones among others). Video games are more popular than they have ever been and there's good reason for it.

nurnberg
nurnberg

There is a lot of butthurt people in the comments...  Stuff like early access and micro-transactions is much worse than this.

ahpuck
ahpuck

There is one being born every minute.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I always find it suspicious when a company prefers to announce shipped numbers instead of sold numbers.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@SavoyPrime I reckon that it's only a small matter of time until shipped = sold, because stores wouldn't ask for more copies unless they saw that there was a demand for it, but I still find it a bit shady. Counting shipped units, they can say they got to 1 million copies earlier than they would if they counted sold units. Getting to 1 million early is worthy of prestige and companies do lots of stuff to make themselves look good.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I can't believe people fell for buying a DEMO! It was two hours or less to beat! It can be beaten in literally 10 minutes! Great now companies will churn out short demo games for $40. I love MGS but I didn't buy this garbage. What a joke.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Martyr77 As long as they have as much replayability, I don't mind.

kryotech
kryotech

That's a testament to the amazing experience the game manages to offer in the short time it has.

cboye18
cboye18

I know that there are alot of dumbass people in this world, but damn....

dogman7
dogman7

Sad to hear this. Only because I know publishers are gonna be like "remember that demo Konami charged people $40 for? Let's just do that."

Karchy
Karchy

I prefer this over 100 hours of boring Skyrim

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

You can beat skyrim in about an hour.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

@Karchy I prefer Skyrim over 1 hour chargeble demo which can be finished in few minutes.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@canuckbiker Yeah, "X minutes/hours to finish a game" is such a vague and unfair way to measure if a game is overpriced or not. It's not the time that a single playthrough takes, but the total amount of time you spent with a game and how much you enjoyed it that matters.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@Karchy Yeah I would pay 40 dollars for a 10 second video of an explosion because it has more action then this demo, and I can play it for days.

Archangel2222
Archangel2222

Haters gonna hate about this game. They never tricked anyone and from day1 revealed the cost both digital and physical media. Fans like it still, it was a fun game that kept us busy for awhile and we replayed over and over again. phantom pain is going to be a classic and fun game also

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

If you look at the smaller image under the News tab, the screenshot looks like Snake is at a laundry mat.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Thanks Hideo, now this kind of practice will become industry standard, just like excessive dlc. You fooled a lot of misinformed people into paying 29.99-39.99 for what they assumed was an actual Metal gear Solid game, are you proud? Anyone defending this will NOT have a right to complain when we start seeing all kind of extended demo's on retail shelves.
 Even the game based on the terrible battlefield movie was 4 hours long.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I wasn't expecting it to be as short as it was. I guess I should of read up on it a little more. I would of waited otherwise. 

pip3dream
pip3dream

Since when did the length of a game have anything to do with the quality or value of a game? Ground Zeros is a great example of a game that you get out the effort that you put into the game.


This is why developers are so heart broken about developing games these days- gamers have by and large lost their imaginations. Dev's spend hours and hours slaving over the design of assets and items that plays race by at top speed without even looking at or experiencing them.


its utterly soul crushing.   Mario Bro's is a game that is about 1 hour from beginning to end,  yet how many hours upon hours upon hours did we spend on that game? 


gamers are so bitchy.  slow down and have some fun once in a while.  I've probably spent 10 hours at least in this game that people say is 1 hour - its literally a sandbox, and all it takes is a little imagination to have a lot of fun.


in my OPINION, if you say this game is a waste of time because its "main mission" is an hour long, you're missing the whole point of this game.

vader501st
vader501st

Already dumped more than 20 hours on GZ alone. The new mechanics and feel of the new MGS really add more depth and complexity to the gameplay, which is something entirely new for the series.

Amazing how it kept me more hooked in that aspect than MGS3 and 4, losing only to PW. GZ is Peace Walker extended and improved, basically.


That goes for the Prologue alone, TPP is bound to be groundbreaking on every level if it heads in the same direction.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

It's DLC being sold as a game and still over priced despite retailing at budget game price. It should have been $10-$15. It only did so well due to brand recognition and that small number of people that picked it up solely due to its reduced price. A shame people fall for this crap. I love the MG series but wont support things like this. 

BradBurns
BradBurns

I love seeing experimental stuff like this.It's really good for the industry.

It reminds e of the strange stuff that Japanese devs would do in the old late PSone/Sega Saturn, early PS2 days. 

Japan used to do all sorts of strange things back then. Again, it's good for the industry.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@BradBurns  

$30 for a 1 hour game is "good for the industry?'


You're an EA executive aren't you?

jako998
jako998

Im sorry but the eople who bought this game for 30 dollars for a 1 hour game are Dumb. You are technically telling Konami and other game Developers to make short games like this which is really going to be bad.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@jako998  But is it a sweet short game.

I hate when games drag ass. It make is less likely that most people who bought it would even finish it.

I love RE4,but I remember that at times I felt a good chunk should have been cut out. It would have helped the overall flow of the game.

hystavito
hystavito

@jako998  I bought it used from an individual, am I still dumb? :)


It's fun, I spent hours just messing around and still not close to the end.  My friend borrowed it very soon after I got it though, and has not returned it yet :).

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@BradBurns @jako998 

So, because people like you have terminal ADD, the rest of us should have to suffer with cash grabs like this?

What a wonderful future gaming has.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@BradBurns There are no boss battles, codec messages with any colonel, No box item, No movement to the Peace Walker story. There is almost no metal Gear substance in this game. The Tanker mission Demo from Zone of Enders had more Metal Gear than this. I think you are confusing Padding with content. Yes I hate it when games repeat the same levels over and over. But taking a demo and calling and selling it as a complete game is outrageous. Doesn't matter if It was 30 bucks. 

59Hertz
59Hertz

@TheWatcher000 So because you can't stand that the MAIN MISSION was a hour long, everyone else has ADD? Brilliant observation.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@59Hertz @TheWatcher000  

Thank You. 

My observations are usually brilliant, and if more of you sheep would make similar ones, the industry wouldn't move forward with trial balloons like this, that if successful, will further dilute gaming, and before you know it, we'll be paying $60 for a demo masquerading as a game.

Now, by all means, get back to grazing.


soilworker651
soilworker651

@PSYCHOV3N0M If you mean based on rumors and gameplay footage of someone speed-running through the main mission only, and none of the other objectives then possibly. Why not base it off your personal experience with the game, or obvious lack thereof?

59Hertz
59Hertz

@TheWatcher000So now you think Kojima made a "trial balloon", all for a cash grab? One of which dilutes gaming because you feel that other developers will think it's a green light to make short games? As if they don't already make short games?
 Genius, absolutely genius.
  It's almost as if you actually knew what you where talking about.
 
PS: I suppose with your superior intelligence you thought it wise to skip out on your English classes as well?

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@59Hertz @TheWatcher000

"As if they don't already make short games?"

WOW.  You're AMAZING.  You figured this out ALL by yourself.

Look, precious, this is about marketing what is basically a demo as a full priced game.  Try to keep up with the point.  I know you want to be all grown up and outsmart the big kids, but I'm afraid you'll have to take your head out of your ass first.

Now, did I spell all that correctly and use proper grammar?

 Get your your big red pen, so you can look all internet smart.

59Hertz
59Hertz

@TheWatcher000 Doing nothing but talking shit on a gaming website calling yourself a big kid doesn't really help your argument nor does it make you look like a big kid.
 
  I am glad you did not use one full run-on sentence, but It saddens me that you did not look it over a little more before posting. Especially when you ask if you used proper grammar.
There is no "keeping up with the point". What does that even mean? "get your your big red pen, so you can look all internet smart." You only need one "your" and no comma.
 Also you like to overuse commas.
 Maybe you feel it gives a more professional look?

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@59Hertz @TheWatcher000 

Also, is it REALLY necessary to spam your comments more than once so that my mailbox is full of multiple notifications of you repeating yourself?

Maybe you just like to hear yourself talk.  Or, see yourself type, as it were.


Oh GOODNESS, I, used, too, many, commas, again.


Maybe you'll kill yourself from the sheer annoyance of it, and the world can breathe a sigh of relief at having one less arrogant twit to deal with.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Not all gamers can make smart decisions more so fanboys. No game period that can be finished in 5 minutes is worth more then dlc and normal games that last 6+ hours heck 1 hour dlc is worth more. Yes it looks great and for its short life play great but its not worth that kinda of price point. Its nothing more then Konami being greedy nothing more nothing less.

whenamancriez
whenamancriez

and i believe some games deserves piracy ! long live the pirate bay 

whenamancriez
whenamancriez

my overall playing time in ground zeroes was 25 hours , and only matters that bothers me about this game was,playing only in one location for whole of the game and removal of cool lengthy cut scenes like mgs 4.

jr88Brutus
jr88Brutus

When you complete the side missions and if you want to get all of the trophies that sounds about right. I am probabably close to that as well. I have an s rank in all the missions now, I just have to finish a couple more on hard mode. Also the more you unlock in GZ it is supposed to carry over to the Phantom Pain.

omgmike23
omgmike23

If you played that for 25 hours...you've problems.