Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes sales "solid," as total Konami game sales slide

Game's 1 million sales labeled "solid," but not enough to keep the company's total game sales from sliding.

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Japanese game publisher Konami today reported earnings for its fiscal year ended March 31, stating Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes sales were "solid," but this strong performance couldn't keep total game sales from sliding year-over-year.

The publisher's earnings report today did not provide a new sales figure beyond the 1 million shipped number for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zero announced last month. Sales for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 game are described only as "solid."

Konami also noted that reviews for the game, its first release for Xbox One and PS4, were "favorable." Indeed they were, as the game's Metacritic score is currently a 75.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was released in February of this year, but Konami did not say anything about the game's performance in its financial report today.

Revenue for Konami's Digital Entertainment business unit, its game division, was ¥104.3 billion yen ($1 billion), compared to ¥116.4 billion ($1.14 billion) last year. Operating profit was also trending downward, coming in at ¥11.7 billion ($114.9 million), down significantly from the ¥21.2 billion ($208.3 million) posted last year.

Overall, Konami--which has multiple non-gaming divisions like Health & Fitness and Slot Machines--posted revenue of ¥217.6 billion ($2.14 billion), down from the ¥225.9 billion ($2.22 billion) last year. Total include slid more than 50 percent, falling from ¥13.17 billion ($129.4 million) to ¥6.2 billion ($61 million).

In prepared comments, Konami explained that going forward, the company plans to "enhance local production systems in order to develop localized content tailored to the needs of our overseas game users as quickly as possible."

As for the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Konami said it plans to "develop promotional activities" for 10 upcoming expos, including E3 2014, which comes to Los Angeles next month. The company didn't say anything more, but with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes already out the door, the company is likely referring to its sequel, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. There's no word yet on when that game will be released.

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Discussion

135 comments
SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

"Solid" sales. I see what you did there, Konami. ;D ...Now drop the price.

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

Wait, what is the "health and fitness" division of Konami? Maybe that's the place Nintendo wants to reach with their new commercial strategy.

dogknight6
dogknight6

The hate for this is outstanding. I don't know if anyone thinks of achievements as part of the game but as a fellow achievement hunter, I do. The story and side missions can all be finished in 3 hours, but some of the achievements take 3 hours alone (Especially that damn achievement where you have to extract the sniper guys). I've easily spent 10+ hours on that game on just achievements and I still need another 5 or so. Also, if you go on HowLongToBeat which uses the averages of a players time, the game has a average of 13 hours for a Completionist which I personally feel is worth a measly $20

nintendo_police
nintendo_police

As soon as I saw the title I knew it was an Eddie article

Vodoo
Vodoo

I bought Metal Gear for the PS4 the week it came out and the closest I've come to actually playing it was installing the disc on the console lol. Every time I have a free moment, I either play Forza on the XB1 or MLB The Show on PS4. Don't even know why I bought Metal Gear in the first place. Probably cause there wasn't shit to play at the time.

I was considering trading it in this weekend because GameStop has an additional 60% trade in value this weekend if you put it towards a new game (Watch Dogs). So I think Killzone (PS4), Metal Gear (PS4) and Assassin's Creed 4 (XB1) will go. I would trade in Dead Rising 3 or Ryse but I have the "Day 1 Editions" for those, along with Forza 5, and I wanna keep those for some reason.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

75% review average for a series that normally gets over 90% isn't favorable but I understand they have to say it is.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Silent Hill franchise--> Destroyed
Castlevania --> The second game is not a true Castlevania.
Contra --> Konami doesn't give a crap.
Good Rpgs --> Konami used to have some good ones, but they don't give a crap anymore.
NIghtmare Creatures 3 with new gen hardware --> It won't happen.

What happened with this publisher?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Solid as a dried out dog turd, maybe.


Are there REALLY that many stupid people out there?

Garm31
Garm31

A "Solid" way of ripping off the consumer. The hypocritical, douchebag, sheep out there who said that they weren't gonna buy it, bought it. The high sales of this demo has condemned the consumer to a future of low content, short, premium priced games. Well fucking done!

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

Wow Konami were do we start, first you have not release a decent game since MG4. Then release a new MG for $30 bucks that can be beat in under 10 minutes take about greed. I for one am done with your games you need to look at your business practices and do some house cleaning. The last few years have been a HUGE fail.  

playstationzone
playstationzone

reason for this because they havent realse full MGS5 game and do anyone got clue when full MGS5 coming out .

divinejester
divinejester

I would say normally 75 is not bad, but when the the averages for the main games on metacritic are 94,96,91,94, that is major decline in quality.

zillaman101
zillaman101

I've been playing Gound Zeroes this past week and I am absolutely loving it. People say it's really short, (Which it is technically) but when you see all of the things you can accomplish, the game is totally worth it.

freedomzealot
freedomzealot

People actually paid money for a demo. Kojima took a giant shit on gamers and so many just opend their mouths to recieve it.

xJuice_Boxx
xJuice_Boxx

I'm still not able to get the extra missions that were released last week.  Is there something I have to do in game to unlock them?  I'm playing on Xbox One if that makes a difference.


danusty
danusty

"the company plans to "enhance local production systems in order to develop localized content tailored to the needs of our overseas game users as quickly as possible.""


that sounds to me like their games are going to be even more western like. I hope I'm wrong.

visionedorange
visionedorange

idiots buy ther call of duty and sport games shovel ware yearly but a top of the line game comes out that offers about 20-30 hours to 100% and get all the trophies (then after that its a lot of fun to play around with the mechanics and what not) of top of the line quality content and people start bitching and whining, glad it sold as well as it did, MGS is the best series out there. Idk whats up with people sayin they finished it all in 20 mins then got bored, those ppl shouldn't have gotten it in the first place then

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Ground Zeroes isn't a demo, it's Kojima's way of getting his team used to the hardware, but it's still very much a solid experience. And if it IS a demo, this is the best demo I've ever seen in my life.

choicemaker
choicemaker

I dont understand the hate for this game. Its not a demo. Enough bandwagoning its getting old. Kojima said it was a prologue. One mission can take up to two hours to beat. So how is it a two hour game? Ive played it and im still working on unlocking the secret mission and collectables/ items. Ten hours so far in the game. Flame me and call me a devoted fan and a piece of shit. What nearly all of you did wrong was set your expectations way to high EVEN when, assuming you were paying attention, kojima straight up said what it was. Another big fucking mistake was how the internet and this website took 1 damn sentence out of an article about it being two hours and threw haters all over the place. Literally bait and some of you guys took it. Its reasons like these that i hate the new generation of gamers. Its not bad. Sure i agree 30 is steep to pay. But after seeing the type of crap thats put up on steam? Omg. This is nothing compared to the horrors ive witnessed. Stop trying to feed the flames and impact the sales of phantom pain. I want more sequels

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

I bought digital copy, played for 30 mins. Haven't played since. Won't play anymore. Won't buy full game when it's released. Just won't feeling the game.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Good thing I Redbox this sucka cause I know what Kojima was up to and it took me almost just an hour and a half to beat GZ. Seriously guys, the more we support this crap, other game developers will see it's okay to release pay Demos. Angry Joe review was spot on and he was right what was GZ all about.

chronoschris
chronoschris

This little stunt they pulled with a paid demo could very well have a negative effect on phantom pains sales also.

Jay2528
Jay2528

Well I didn't pay full price for Ground Zeroes myself, but I can't deny the success of this release could set a bad standard going forward.

By the way, did anyone find the stealth in Ground Zeroes somewhat annoying sometimes? It honestly felt like I could be spotted by the enemy too easily. Perhaps I'm just getting too old and careless for stealth games.

nero2142
nero2142

And now imagine that digital deluxe edition (normal game +zero) for only 70 $... $_$

mohamed3t
mohamed3t

This game was a trap,and KONAMI's gonna get their ass kickedbecause of the price?  YES


but the game was good though,i liked it and hate the price, if i knew it would be that F*** i wouldn't spend 30 euros on that shit

xx_darksoul_xx
xx_darksoul_xx

It is amazing how many stupid people will shell out cash for a 2 hour demo. Oh yeah... that's right... I forgot the 300 hours in side questions. (rolls eyes)


KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

@dogknight6 yeah you can keep "playing" for hours and hours making cirlces and turn around every corner but the real length of the game don´t change, I also can play hours and hours Journey just by walking and exploring every corner of the desert, but the core of the story and the game its just about an hour and nothing can change that just like happens with GZ

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

@StonerDemon  

its easy, they now just care of profits and milking gamers, and this shitty demo its the best proof of that, most of companies now are doing the same, average or poor games and a lot of dlc, the sad thing is that "gamers" are happy with that seeing the positive comments in this article.

LC1982
LC1982

@divinejester  75 for a 20 minute(yeah I beat in 20 minutes) game is more than fair and its not like it hurt sales

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@divinejester The problem is laying with the length of this so called "game". Had they released the whole game instead of the just the prologue, then this would also be ranked in the 90s.

LC1982
LC1982

@zillaman101  Ehhh nahhhh Its short Bruh. Like really short, but it has you wanting more. When its said and done Kojima successfully got some to pay 90 for a single game. In todays Competitive market you really gotta applaud that

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

@zolaman101

I enjoyed it too and I agree plus 30 bux isnt even enough to put a dent in my gas tank anymore so I didn't mind the price they asked for it.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@xJuice_Boxx Did you download the patch? Did you collect the 9 XOF badges to unlock the Jamais Vu mission? You need to do both to unlock Deja Vu.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Why do you hope you're wrong? That's the best thing they could do. First off, Japanese games suck. Secondly, Japanese games suck big time the last 15+ years. Metal Gear only plays as good as it does because they copied the Western gameplay of Splinter Cell. The ONLY area where the Japanese haven't lost all respect is rpg's, and even those have mostly been trash for the past decade.

LC1982
LC1982

@visionedorange  I beat the Core in 20. Not mad I got it because I have Every single Major Console MGS offering. I honestly support seeing a new MGS game when it drops.

Vodoo
Vodoo

That's a load of shit if ever I heard such a thing. "Getting his team used to the hardware?" Really? You don't have to start making excuses for them, they come up with plenty on their own.

mohamed3t
mohamed3t

@choicemaker  My friend Demo or Prologue or what so ever you call it was EXPENSIF !!! i personnaly liked the game its realy a nextgen game but the price was a cheat, i will play phantom pain for sure because i'm fan of MG but i will be later on

Jay2528
Jay2528

@chronoschris That will likely only happen if people truly hated Ground Zeroes. Most (not all I'm sure) hardcore MGS fans who have bought it seem happy. Personally my problem is getting use to the new enemy AI, which I am finding slightly annoying.

xx_darksoul_xx
xx_darksoul_xx

@mohamed3t  Exactly. At least some people are smart enough to see through it. Next Konami will release the middle section of the game for $30. Then if you want the final section, it is another $30. 

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@xx_darksoul_xx Let's not forget those side quest all involve playing the same thing over and over. It's like Pac-Man. I keep playing the same level over and over, the only thing that changes is what fruit I can eat

sudarsanvrs
sudarsanvrs

@KiriharaZro @dogknight6  replaying a game again and again doesn't make a game highly replayable, the core gameplay has to strong  to support replayability, ground zeroes delivers that in spades. journey is a one time experience, no matter how many times you play it you are going to get the same experience but ground zeroes has well designed level, different ways to approach an objective and a strong gameplay mechanic, that being said it should have been $15


dogknight6
dogknight6

@KiriharaZro Ummm, no. As I said, achievements give additional replay value and the bonus achievements in Ground Zeroes give you your moneys worth. This game gives you just as much value as a standard $20 arcade videogame like Brothers. I got all of the achievements in that game in about 6 hours which was about $15 so I feel like it's money well spent.

LC1982
LC1982

@mohamed3t @choicemaker  $30 was Expensive(that's the word you're looking for Chief)? Hmm sorry to hear might want to consider cselling that $300-$400 game console you played it on. Dont worry I'll take it off your hands

Jay2528
Jay2528

@LC1982 Yeah running and gunning is easier, but sneaking can be annoying with the smarter AI. Not to mention that you find so many enemies on the map at one time, more than I have ever seen in a MGS game.