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