Metal Gear Rising participant depend is up 1000% due to memes

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Rumors about new Metal Gear video games from Konami are swirling, and whereas we don’t know the way these will pan out, we at all times have earlier video games within the sequence. The final time Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance made headlines was when it got here to Xbox Games with Gold in 2019. Here we’re three years later, and it’s seeing an enormous spike in gamers. You can thank memes for that.

PlayTracker, which displays online game stats throughout a number of platforms, tweeted the information. Despite releasing almost a decade in the past, the game “is seeing numbers it hasn’t seen since launch.” Specifically, the concurrent participant depend is up a whopping 1,000%. It averaged between 300 and 500 folks all through 2021, however this yr it rose to a mean of two,000, reaching a brand new “peak in achievement activity across all platforms.” For reference, the game was first accessible on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in February 2013. Today, backward compatibility makes it playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, whereas PlayStation Now can stream the game to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Although it’s nearly 10 years outdated, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is seeing numbers it hasn’t seen since launch.

📈 concurrent gamers up 1000%

🏆 peak in achievement exercise throughout all platforms

The trigger? Various meme templates that includes characters from the game went viral.

— PlayTracker (@PlayTrackerNet) May 23, 2022

As PlayTracker explains, the reason for this sudden progress in concurrent gamers is due to “various meme templates featuring characters from the game [that] went viral.” Jetstream Sam Thinking is cited as a particular meme instance. The template options the boss making a pondering face, which is actually ripe for meme-making. Senator Steven Armstrong and his nanomachines have additionally been a superb source of guffaws. Sam, Senator Armstrong, and different characters have actually drawn in loads of gamers.

The mainline Metal Gear Solid video games have been within the information over the previous few months too, largely as a consequence of Konami’s digital delisting of a number of titles. That led to Metal Gear Solid 3D (the 3DS model of Snake Eater) skyrocketing in worth this spring. Meanwhile, rumors a few full-on remake of Snake Eater from Virtuos proceed to flow into.