Konami ships a Solid 5 million units of Metal Gear

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MGS 5 million

Konami was becoming the new most hated company in gaming prior to the release of MGSV. Then the game came out, was awesome and people started to change their minds. That is, until the FOB insurance issue. Now they’re pretty much hated again, but at least they sold a bunch of units of the game, right? Well, maybe not.

In its latest financial report, Konami said it has shipped 5 million copies of Metal Gear Solid 5. That apparently includes download of the game. While they wouldn’t say if this means the game is profitable, it does make me wonder how that stacks up compared to expectations. The development budget was apparently upwards of $80 million, and when you add in the marketing budget we can imagine that they spent a whole lot of yen making and promoting the game.

It received tons of critical acclaim, until people got past the first chapter and encountered all the micro transactions. As a result, I can’t imagine that the game will continue to sell well in the current months – it had to get the majority of units shipped at the start before Konami pulled the rug out from everyone.

I’m not saying that selling 5 million units is bad, but it does seem a bit low considering how much the game was hyped. Tomb Raider was considered a failure unless it could sell 5 million, so maybe MGSV crossed that threshold amount of success, but in an industry where top games sell many many millions, it’s surprising that a game many considered to be the best game of the year has ended up shipping this number. Then again, I suppose it is a hardcore title that only fans of the franchise would want to pick up.

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Last Updated: October 30, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Hehehe dat header

  • WitWolfy

    Screw this game. I gave up on it months ago… I miss the glory days when MGS gave me something to look forward to.. MGS V just left me feeling empty and unsatisfied.

    • Hammersteyn

      How so?

      • WitWolfy

        -Empty maps.
        -Repetitive catch the same outposts over and over again for that one single A+ soldier.
        -Story arcs that never got resolved
        -Dumbest antagonist since Uncharted 3 that served no purpose.
        -Empty motherbase which holds no purpose with unaccessible doors.
        -Audio tapes up the ASS!!! (I would rather watch 6 hours worths’ FMVs than another second running around Motherbase for the billionth time convincing myself this was a better choice of story telling).
        -DLC customes for non-returning characters.
        -Building Motherbase for a big fight that never happens.
        -Venom Snake almost never talking.
        -4 hours of fmvs watered down into 4 trailers before release.
        -Lazy boss fights.
        -One of the stupidest twists or cliffahangers’? I’v ever seen!!!

        Dude seriously, I can go on the whole day on why this game failed to impress…

        • MakeItLegal

          i am in 80hours , everything u say is 100% …. i keep playinmg because i am 12 years invested , but its not 10/10 , its 8/10 for such a shit plain boring open world

          • WitWolfy

            Glad its not just me then. I wanna kick Kojima in the dick for giving me this turd that claims its the “ultimate metal gear”.

  • Hammersteyn

    dat quiet doe. Return to home base after a long long while when the flies are buzzing with her as your buddy. Weirdest most awkward cut scene ever. The game is sooooooooooooo good. It may be a hardcore title. But it will leave fans clamouring for more. Hopefully Hideo can do another but with a new character like Lizard or Stingray

    • WitWolfy

      How far are you into this game??? I stopped playing at mission 47, 70 hours in.. I just couldn’t force myself to another side ops that is the EXACT same as a main op to unlock the “truth” mission… I was like… fuck it, no trophy is worth this… *Youtubes it*…

      • Hammersteyn

        Main mission 15. All the side ops are done atm.

        • WitWolfy

          Maybe you’ll fall in the “this game is GOTY” group. but you’ll see.. Here by the 40 hour mark its all gonna feel copy paste.. Just my 5c…

          • Hammersteyn

            hehe I was in the group before the game launched

          • WitWolfy

            So was I until chapter 2… mgs v makes watch dogs look like a gta v clone in comparison.

  • MakeItLegal

    mmmmmmmm…..strange days indeeed , i paid R840 for the pc version cause BT games didn have stock , so little thats mad

    • Hammersteyn

      R840 for a PC game?

      • MakeItLegal

        yes , $60 x R14 …. rarther steam gets my money and i over pay than support BT games who dont stock the months biggest game


  • Hammersteyn

    Best header by Zoe so far!

    • MakeItLegal

      i vote yes

  • DrKiller

    Should’ve been a pic of Zuma

    four thousand nine hundred and eight hundred and seventy and twenty 😛

    • WitWolfy

      I hope he never lives that off in a 100 000 and 5, 1 000 000.. Listen now…. And 20 000 years.

  • oVg

    GOTY 2015. In my top 5 games of all time list. But it only seems to appeal to the older gamer who grew up with the 28 year franchice. Modern gamers just want PvP.

    Remember, mgs4 was the ending, mgsv just closes the loop. Also, I cringe when I think of the ammount of money spent shipping a demo and doing on-line gameplay. That money could have given the swan swan that everybody wanted in chapter 2

    • WitWolfy

      “mgsv just closes the loop.” Not really.. We never got to see how BB went “evil” or how they cloned Solid, Liquid and Solidus from him…. Plus why did the trailer said “2 phantoms were born” when in reality there was only one??? Its as if the trailer was referring to the Les Enfants Terribles but then never even acknowledged it existed in MGS V to begin with…

      Must’ve been confusing for new comers to go like.. how the heck is Venom Eli’s father at first? Unless you wanna dig through 100’s of casette tapes hoping one has an explanation.

    • Mabenito

      The game made more sense to me. GOTY for me. Tapes explained everything, you need not to ask why open-world is empty, etc, etc. With every item I develop, my infiltration tactics changed. Didn’t need you-tube to beat the extreme mission. Figured out the rest my self. Pure satisfaction.

      • WitWolfy

        Yout grammar is all crappy.. You must be a Konami representative. Explain this to me then… Why cant we use the Metal Gear Huey built?? He even said “Test it out in the field.” after finishing it.

        Guess thats for the “Sit on my fist and rotate DLC.”

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