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‘Metal Gear Sold V: Ground Zeroes’ sales posted prior to ‘Phantom Pain’ release

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David Gibson has revealed some of the sales data in regards to “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.” According to a report by Game and Guide on April 18, the senior research analyst from Macquarie Research Japan revealed that the video game sold 278,000 copies at retailers in North America last month. The prologue came out on March 18 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

A majority of the sales came from the next-generation versions of “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.” 204,000 copies sold in North America last month were for the PS4 and Xbox One. The same title performed even better in Japan with 340,000 units ending up in the hands of customers during the same time frame. In total, the video game surpassed 600,000 without taking into account the digital sales on the Playstation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace.

The release of “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” did not went too smoothly for Konami Digital Entertainment, however. The publisher had to deal with some controversial issues such as the perceived high price tag and short main campaign length. Even with all of the problems, the software product did reasonable well for not being a major release for the “Metal Gear Solid” series.

“Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” is a prologue to “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” The upcoming mainline title is expected to be 200 times bigger than the recently-released title. Konami Digital Entertainment has not yet confirmed an official release date for “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” however.

“Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” does include some DLC bonuses for the upcoming title. Players will be also able to transfer some of the progress, such as the recruits, to “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” Both projects are developed at Kojima Productions and published by the aforesaid Konami Digital Entertainment. You can find a screen of the prologue from the official “Metal Gear Solid” Facebook page with the photo attached near the top of the article.