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'Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes' sales numbers impressed game media

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Konami announced on April 25 that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has sold over a million units across all platforms.

The sales number 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. However it took the six spot with Titanfall, inFAMOUS: Second Son, and South Park: The Stick of Truth taking the lead.

The sales figures has surprised many experts due to the controversy regarding its gameplay time. 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. News sites that have reported on the rumor have had their comment section flooded with fans denouncing the game as an "overpriced 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.