Video games have evolved to the point where they routinely have the biggest entertainment launches of the year. Take Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for example. Konami reports that day one game sales put the title at $179 million. Not bad considering how liberally Director Hideo Kojima worked “within” his budget.
Take that figure and put it next to the two biggest movie launches of the year, $84.5 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron and $82 million Jurassic World, and you have a total that beats them both out clearly. Not only that, but the $179 million wipes the floor with their combined $165.5 million.
Of course, many people are paying $59.99 or even more thanks to rip-off swag Collector’s Editions, but the point is that video games have found a way to make their audience believe that price is acceptable. The second Hollywood stumbles on a new way to raise the prices of movie tickets, you know they’ll take it. Remember 3D? That was fun for a while.
It’s also worth pointing out that despite its popularity among gamers, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is still a pretty niche title in a series that is aimed specifically at gamers. It has nothing on Grand Theft Auto V, which saw its launch day come to a close at about $800 million.
So, money, that’s the end goal for everything these days. Call me when The Legend of Legacy or any Dragon Quest title makes $179 million, and I’ll start to celebrate.