Metal Gear Online gears up 1 million

Multiplayer spin-off of best-selling Metal Gear Solid 4 now boasts million-player army; Konami readying commemorative campaign for November 25.

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In August, Konami reported Metal Gear Solid 4 sold over 3 million copies worldwide, helping vault the publisher's quarterly earnings to over $650 million. Designed by legendary game creator Hideo Kojima, the PlayStation 3 game shipped over 1 million units in Europe in its first week, and has sold nearly 1 million units in the US as of September 30, according to NPD Group figures. In Japan, the game sold 500,000 copies in its first week alone.

While MGS4's byzantinely plotted single-player campaign drew the most praise from critics--including a 10 out of 10 from GameSpot--the game also contained a major multiplayer component, Metal Gear Online. Today, Konami announced that the online action component now boasts 1 million users worldwide. In addition to MGS4 owners, that figure also includes those who bought the stand-alone version of the game released in Japan this summer.

To mark the milestone, Konami is having a Commemorative Campaign that will give MGO account holders 10,000 reward points for merely accessing the game. The publisher will also select 30 players to receive 100,000 reward points, which can be used to buy in-game weapons and other gear.

Konami also priced the Metal Gear Online MEME expansion pack, which contains three new maps, at $14.99. It will release "this holiday season" along with a special edition of the GENE expansion that shipped this past July.

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