By Stan Rezaee
Konami announcement that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes sold over a million units across all platforms has surprised many experts in the gaming media.
Sales data only reflects copies ship to retailers while not taking actual sales figures and digital downloads into account. The announcement comes a week after a study by the NDP Group found that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was among the best selling games in March.
The sales figures has surprised many experts due to the controversy regarding its gameplay time.
Kerwin Tsang of mxdwn commented that, "The milestone comes despite an outcry from many gamers that the $30 game only contained a couple hours of gameplay. Ground Zeroes is not a full-fledged title in the Metal Gear Solid series, but a prelude to a much larger game on the horizon."
It was reported back in February by Kotaku and an in-depth article from Game Informer, that the main story of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is expected to be about two-hours long. The news caused a backlash among fans who felt breaking the game into two parts was a greed fuelled gimmick to milk extra cash from gamers.
Jordan Schilling of Gamer Headlines further added, "While several additional hours of content are unlocked after completing the main “Ground Zeroes” mission, the gaming community has strongly labeled the game as a “cash grabbing demo”."
Konami responded to the controversy by cutting the digital download prices for the Next-Gen console versions. It was also recently announced that the upcoming patch will include the format exclusive missions on all versions.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is the ninth game in the official canonical and is the prologue for The Phantom Pain. Following the events of Peace Walker; Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss) has to infiltrate Camp Omega to rescue Chico and Paz.