Although most all of us will agree that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a defining experience of the generation, it still didn't match the sales numbers of blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto IV and Halo 3 . This is one of the reasons Hideo Kojima has said he wants to "start from zero" in 2009 and find a way to compete with the big boys. This would mean appealing to the Western audiences as well as the Japanese gamers.
But with the ever-increasing interest in the FPS genre in Japan, and its already immense popularity in North America in Europe, Sony expects Killzone 2 to explode. V For Video Games recently spoke to a Sony representative who says they fully expect Guerilla's hugely anticipated title to eclipse the sales mark of MGS4:
"It would be a lie to say Sony has not invested heavily in Killzone 2 and each individual at Guerilla games has worked even harder to satisfy any expectations kept by the company and their loyal community. I do see the game breaking a barrier with a huge variety of groups and expect it to see sales as good as Metal Gear Solid 4 if not beyond it."
Perhaps this won't come as any surprise to some of you, but it'll be interesting to see how Japan responds to a game like this. We're relatively certain that most other parts of the world will all flock to the stores to pick up Killzone 2 , but will the title's obvious quality sway the traditional tastes of the Eastern gamer? How high can it go? Might it even approach the astronomical sales of GTAIV? Quality is great, but Sony wants sales…
Related Game(s): Killzone 2