With the release of the latest game in the Metal Gear franchise, Metal Gear Survive does not seem to be performing as Konami had anticipated in sales.
In the United Kingdom alone, Metal Gear Survive sold a fraction of what the game’s predecessor sold in physical copies. Even considering other franchise spinoffs in the vein of Survive, it has sold 85% fewer copies than the games before it. But, that is just physical copies. When taking a look on Steam, Metal Gear Survive comes in 65th place for current players, right after H1Z1, which had about 4,000 players online at the time.
This lack of sales could be due to some of the controversies within the game itself, like players having to purchase more saves for their game. Fans of the series don’t seem to be taking kindly to the use of microtransactions in the game, which could be hurting its sales.
Metal Gear Survive has been criticized for more than just its use of microtransactions. In our own review of the game, we noted that it has a “wide range of issues” and it “doesn’t appeal to fans of the franchise.” Those are two things players probably do not want to hear when it comes to a new Metal Gear game.
Konami, however, seems to be taking this criticism in stride, as it is adding new content to the game within the next month. Konami announced a new co-op mission in its latest schedule update, which is titled “Rescue Mission.” As of the time of this writing, there is no specific release date for this new co-op mission.
Despite all the criticisms, fans can hopefully find some solace in knowing that Konami seems to be doing what it can to make the game more of something players want to enjoy, even if the scores for the game and the sales aren’t what they expected. Konami even released a statement encouraging players to keep an open mind going forward.
Metal Gear Survive is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.