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Will Metal Gear Solid V Hurt Mad Max's Sales Potential?

One has to wonder if Warner Bros. has considered changing the launch date for Mad Max.

It's a very big title and it's important to both developer Avalanche Studios and WB that it does well, so to have it go head-to-head with an even bigger title seems like a bad idea.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain also comes out on September 1 and that could pose a problem for Mad Max. As promising as the latter adventure surely is, it can't hold a candle to the legacy of MGS and if you conducted a survey asking gamers to pick between MGSV and Mad Max, I think we all know what the results would be.

Of course, one could argue that interested consumers will simply purchase both. Well, perhaps, but with the entire industry dominated by hefty open-world games that take individuals with normal lives a long time to complete, they might be extremely selective this holiday season. We all know what's coming; the likes of Fallout 4 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate might lead the open-world charge while the other genre that takes up a tremendous amount of time (shooters with multiplayer emphases), sees Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars: Battlefront.

It's a darn good thing Mad Max launches before those huge blockbusters, and it doesn't have to battle much in September. Well, aside from MGSV, which unfortunately hits store shelves on the same day. That could definitely have an impact on Mad Max sales, don't you think?

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Mad Max

Tags: metal gear solid v the phantom pain, mad max, mad max sales, mgsv

8/12/2015 9:43:02 PM Ben Dutka

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 12:17:48 AM

I think people will get Mad Max after finishing MGS 5, it probably be cheaper by then.

I definitely gonna get MGS 5 day one because this is probably the last MGS game from Kojima...

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 1:16:06 AM

MGS is an established franchise, so it would hurt any new ip let alone a standalone game.

That said I'm still going with Max, and I seem to recall people saying MGS 4 was going to be Kojima's last MGS game. So you never know.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 2:03:55 AM

Undecided as of yet, but I'm considering buying 'Mad Max' same day, just to support it. It really does look great, but no game could compare to 'Metal Gear's swan song. If my budget weren't so tight, I'd pick them both up day one, but things being what they are, it's going to be tough.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 3:53:02 AM

I think everyone made his decision of which game to buy long time ago. For me MGSV always has priority over other games. If something else I badly want would come out the same day, I'd just buy both. But Mad Max is not that kind of title as for me it feels kind of average and I don't think I will ever get it.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 4:04:27 AM

... I did even know that Mad Max game was being releasesd upon the same time as Metal Gear... Now that I do that does nto stop me booking off days work to play The Phantom Pain day 1.

However, it seems Metal Gear never gets the attention it deserves in the media today. Everyones always talking about games like The Witcher, Bloodbourne or ElderScrolls but Metal gear often gets overlooked... and I cannot figure out why... I mean it's been a huge franchise for generations now yet it seesm a lot of people just overlook it. Maybe its just been going on for too long that newcomers don't know how to approach it - That's how I am with the Castlevania series.

Still, this is the game I bought a PS4 for, in fact, I have now even bought a new PS4 themed on The Phantom Pain. This is as big as it gets for gaming for me (Along with Final Fantasy) so I intend to relish every moment of it. We're less than 3 weeks away now :)

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 6:17:24 AM

Well mgs5 is a day one purchase for many so it probably will.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 7:26:07 AM

F konmai i well be buying Phantom Pain when it hits under twenty used i well be buying Mad Max day one.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 11:01:57 AM

Didn't even know Mad Max was coming out until this post. Looked up some trailers and I am truly impressed. With that said, might just pick up both. I won't be getting into the MP craze this fall or AC, so it will be MGSV, Mad Max, and Fallout 4.

Last edited by FM23 on 8/13/2015 11:03:21 AM

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 12:47:35 PM

Zero interest in MGS5. So Mad Max day one for me.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 3:19:20 PM

Well, I hope not, I know I will do my part by buying Mad Max instead of MGSV. I will get MGSV later on down the road.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 1:18:32 AM

tbh maybe but its hard to say people might get both its kinda a bit too hard to call.

happy gaming

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Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 4:11:54 AM

Mad Max' biggest problem will be that the reviews will not be very good, not that MGS is released too.

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