Konami launched the Metal Gear spinoff, Metal Gear Survive, back in February on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. How well has it sold? Konami isn’t saying, at least not yet, but the signs aren’t exactly great.
The Japanese publisher today reported earnings for its fiscal year ended March 31, and the report didn’t say anything about the game’s performance. The report marks the game’s release as a notable event during the year, but says nothing of how well it did in the market.
Konami is of course under no obligation to share a unit sales figure–in fact, many publishers are shying away from announcing hard sales numbers these days. Still, the silence is notable given the size and stature of the Metal Gear franchise.
Not only that, but Konami went out of its way to speak positively about games like PES 2018, which the company said “continued to enjoy stable performance.” The line about Metal Gear Survive only notes that the game…came out.
“As for computer and video games, a spinoff title in the Metal Gear series, Metal Gear Survive, was released…,” Konami said.
Metal Gear Survive launched on February 20, and it did not make it into the Top 20 list of best-sellers during the month in the United States, according to NPD Group. In the UK, it entered the charts in the No. 6 spot, getting outsold by games far older than it. The game was quickly discounted to $20, which also is a sign that the game might not have performed so well.
Even if Metal Gear Survive didn’t do all that well for Konami, the publisher had a good year financially, with revenue and profit rising year-over-year. You can read the company’s full earnings report here [PDF].
The reviews for Metal Gear Survive, including ours, were middling, but most reviewers found things to praise. Despite it being more demanding and obtuse than GameSpot reviewer Tamoor Hussain would have liked, he noted, “There’s actually a good survival game in there.” So if you’re a Metal Gear diehard, or are simply interested in trying out a new survival game, snagging Metal Gear Survive on sale is the way to do it.