Following modest sales of its current crop of exclusive titles, Sony is eyeing what it hopes will be PlayStation 3's first killer app, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, looking to shift a million copies of the game on its release later next year.
A year into the PS3's lifespan, only two games have shifted over a million copies. Metal Gear Solid 4: Rise of The Patriots looks certain to join Motorstorm and Resistance: Fall of Man in the millionaire's club and, in an interview with Reuters, the game's assistant producer Ryan Paton stated that a million sales on day one would be a necessity, due to high production costs.
With sales of the PS3 currently trailing those of both the Wii and Xbox 360, that target may appear a little optimistic, though the Metal Gear series huge fanbase should ensure that the fourth installment will prove the PS3's first killer app. Payton added that "We're telling our fans that if you want to play 'Metal Gear Solid 4', you have to buy a PS3. The PlayStation brand has always been good to us, and we're pretty bullish on the PS3."