Reuters seems to have pulled a quote from Metal Gear Solid assistant producer Ryan Payton out of where the sun don't shine. They quoted Payton saying that MGS4 needs to sell 1mil on day one to turn a profit. Payton denies it.
More gasoline was added to the fire when MGS4 assistant producer Ryan Payton said in an interview with Reuters that in order for the game to be profitable, MGS4 would have to sell 1 million copies on the first day of its release. Fanboys, analysts, videogame editors, and forum jockeys were left scratching their heads wondering why MGS4 could only turn a profit if a million were sold on its release date. The fires of discussion continued to burn and and speculation raged on.