Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has published a list containing the top 100 best sold video games in Japan during 2018 (January 1st to December 30). Among those is also Metal Gear Survive, but that doesn’t mean the game did well. The PlayStation 4 version of the game can be found near the bottom of the list, at number 88, with a total of only 52.131 copies sold.
During its launch week in February, Survive sold a little over 31.000 copies, so this means for the rest of the year, only about 20.000 copies have been added to that number.
Compared to virtually any other installment in the series, this is seriously underwhelming. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain sold 400.000 copies in its first week, and had shipped 6 million worldwide by the end of the year. Spin-off Metal Gear Rising managed to move 300.000 games in its first week.
It needs to be said that this list entails physical copies only, and Metal Gear Survive did manage to claim the top spot in the Japanese PS Store download charts. Still, it’s pretty clear that it has not been a commercial success. Nor has it been particularly well received by critics and fans. It remains to be seen where the series goes from here, but Metal Gear Survive’s producer Yuji Korekado has stressed that the game should not be seen as a continuation of the series.
Source: Famitsu, via Nintendo Everything