Metal Gear series has sold 41.2 million copies

Because of E3, this piece of information almost got lost in the shuffle, but it’s interesting nonetheless: new sales figures have revealed the Metal Gear series managed to soar past the 41 million units (as of March).

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Back in January, Famitsu reported the series surpassed 40 million worldwide sales.

Let’s see if The Phantom Pain can push the series over the 50 million mark. Should be possible.

Source: Konami

  • hunner

    Which Metal Gear game sold the most?

    • Venom_Sina

      I think it was MGS2 which sold more than 7 million copies.

  • Golgari

    MGSV – 10 million sales. It will surpass Metal Gear Solid 2:SOL. IMO.

    • Agreed. 10 million sounds plausible, for different reasons. The main one being that the game is multiplatform from day one, of course. But also because the game market has grown and we see multi million sellers quite often now (look at The Witcher 3 that managed to sell over 3 million copies in just a few weeks).

      • Le Guy who drowned quiet

        Mgsv achievements have leaked and don’t spoil much except important mission names and all wildlife in a pic.its on attack of the fanboy and n4g.seems plausible.

        • Le Guy who drowned quiet

          Leather jacket costume is confirmed in a pic

        • TheGame1083

          is there a link to this?

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            On n4g s mgsv tpp link you’ll find it.cant share it sice I’m on my ipad

      • Le Guy who drowned quiet

        But v isn’t on Mac and Linux and has no physical edition for PC which is crap

        • Yeah, but MGS2 was only on PS2 initially and still managed to sell 7 million. MGS4 is still only available for PS3 and even so sold over 5 million.

  • Solidus Türk

    After the end of MGSV the MGS Community splitted into 2 mgs fanboys and micro boys….

    • MichaelPayneV

      PC and Consoles, this marked the end of the Era called the “Platforms War”

  • Nice! Very very nice !

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      Wut he got arrested again for being a pimp.shit.that will affect mgsv tpp

    • No Place For Hayter

      Somehow I get the feeling he isn’t and won’t be.

  • Venom_Sina

    Hey,Boss.How you doin’?
    The Achivements/Trophies for MGSV leaked.Here’s a link:

    http://www.thegamescabin.com/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-achievements-leaked/#.VYVDSVIrWM8

    • Yeah, the problem with that is that we don’t know if they are real or fake.

      • Venom_Sina

        Yeah.I didn’t read it though,cause it may have some spoilers.Best to avoid these things!!!

        • Gatsu

          I wish I hadn’t read them, but oh well :D. I can’t help it lol.
          Not like they spoiled the story etc imo, but finding trophy names/mission names is best when play the game.

          • Venom_Sina

            Try to drink a potion to forget the list!!! It might help!!!If you need help,call Geralt of Rivia!!!

          • Gatsu

            Lol, thx for the tip :).

            Don’t worry I won’t remember them after 2 months. I also read the list pretty fast so I miss some of them ;D.

          • Venom_Sina

            It’s good that you didn’t read them carefully!!!Try to forget the ones you remember.After that,you’re good to go,and then,just wait for Sept.1 for the ultimate experience!!!

        • Le Guy who drowned quiet

          Read it

          • Venom_Sina

            I can’t.Because of spoilers!!!

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            No I meant I read it.hope you don’t think of me as a bulkier who forces people to do things.sorry for creating this misunderstanding

          • Venom_Sina

            Oh,sorry,I misunderstood your comment.Really sorry about that.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Gotta love the English language “read it” vs “read it”, lol.

    • Gatsu

      I think they might be real. Anyway, I couldn’t resist looking at that but oh my god, I can never resist looking at any leaks -__-. I want to get them all :O…. Want to play TPP…RIGHT NOW GODDAMIT!

      P.S. it shows various trophies, but also the Trophy names for story missions so might be spoilerish.

    • Gatsu

      I keep wondering how does so much stuff always leak, before games are released D: …

      • Venom_Sina

        Yeah.Sometimes the game itself leaks,which is a bad thing.Plus,getting the game early and publishing videos on YouTube by some people…You know what I mean!!!!Avoid these things as far as you can!!!

      • Tong Ninja

        Did it have spoilers?? Haven’t clicked on the link yet … haha
        Also remember the trophy list might not be the entire list either. Maybe they haven’t revealed all the trophies yet.

        • Gatsu

          Well the trophy icons were very similar to GZ ones, and they contained gameplay trophies but also story mission trophies.

          So if consider the names as spoilers, then yes best avoid :). But it might not be the full list as you said.

      • Franky

        Kiefer + Beer = Leak.

        • Gatsu

          LOL this was actually pretty funny.

          • Franky

            It’s math bro.

        • Mauricio Acosta

          Lmao!!! Dammit Jack ! Now you have 24 hours to get this Intel out of enemy hands!

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      Looks like I’m late or did I post it earlier.still thanks for sharing though

  • Gatsu

    Amazing amount <3, proud to be amongst them!
    http://i.imgur.com/bIiplYg.gif

    I'm sure MGSV will acquire the most sales. I watch the TPP trailers in youtube every day and I see A LOT of comments from people who previously had no idea of this fantastic series. But after seeing the epic trailers etc want to play them all which is great imo :).

    About to pre-order that TPP steelbook Shinkawa copy too, then on Steam 1 for me and 2 for bros :D. MGSV deserve zillion copies sold :3! XD

    • Yeah, that’s a factor too, MGSV is a lot easier for non-fans to get into than, say, MGS4. It also has a broader appeal (some people don’t like long cutscenes, for example).

      • Gatsu

        http://otaku.com/products/38792
        Nyxus do you know does the MGS premium packages contain English subtitles, or are they only Japanese? It say some English on screen in some of them, but dunno what that means :).

        • Ol’ Jack Burton

          Japanese copies of the ’00s Metal Gears didn’t have English subs, sadly. Ten years on and I’d still like to play an undub of 3 🙁

          • Gatsu

            Oh maaan :(…. I wish I knew Japanese language better ;C. Arigatou for reply Jack.

          • Ol’ Jack Burton

            Ac!d 2 had some subbed Japanese cut-scenes from 3 in the Solid Eye Theater, but I haven’t played that for years, so I can’t honestly remember whether they were a proper translation or just dubsubs. Might be worth checking out for you, anyway.

        • Venom_Sina

          Japanese version of GZ had full English menu and subtitles.TPP will do this probably.

          • Gatsu

            Yes MGSV will have them, but I want to increase my collection of past MGS games ;D. Those premium packages are damn sexy, but no English sub/dub is a problem.

          • Venom_Sina

            Yeah.For that part,We gotta learn Japanese!!!

        • PrinceHeir

          I think the only English is just the menu and weapons inventory.

          Everything else is Japanese.

          I’m learning the language and i’ll be doing my Level 4 Proficiency Exam this December!

          Good Luck to me!

          • Gatsu

            Alrighty thanks <3.

            I'm so jealous that you know so much :(…anyway I bought couple ps2 physical games Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater, MGR Rising and Legacy Collection. I dunno where the heck my ps2 MGS games have disappeared to during years lol. Rising I bought on steam at first and Legacy didnt have yet.

            Then I got almost all physical, too bad that I don't know much Japanese when the premium packages look so cool :). I have learned some words by watching anime though.

            Good luck Prince-chan ;)!

          • PrinceHeir

            Yeah i also left some of my PS2 games back in my country so i may need to go back and get them someday XD

            Btw TPP is getting close! We really should schedule playing though i’ll probably play MGO after i finished the story.

            So just message me if your done with the story so we can play online ^^

          • Gatsu

            Sure I will =), also can’t believe it is so close really 72 days wow! Much less than 3 years haha :D. Maybe we should all drop down our PSN ID etc in the last articles before launch lol.

            But I’ll definitely play through the story, enjoying every moment :D. Kinda a shame that MGO release at the same time, because can’t go play it right away.

  • Eugene Voldo

    I don’t think it is possible for MGSV to sell more than 7 million copies. I certainly hope that MGSV will become a tremendous success and earn a lot of money, but still after the lacklustre sales of Ground Zeroes (around 2 million units across all platforms) I don’t think it has a potential to overshadow other AAA series in open-world genre.

    • GZ may have sold 2 million copies, but there was a lot of negativity from media outlets because of its length, TPP as everyone knows is a huge game that will probably last hundreds of hours, and it looks like it will also get a lot better reviews since the main complaint people had with GZ isn’t the case with TPP.

      • Eugene Voldo

        I agree
        with your point about negativity from media. It was not good for sales. But at
        the same time I want to point out that MGSV is the first numbered MGS in seven
        years since the release of MGS4, so fans should be starving for a new mainline
        MGS. Yet the sales tell us a very different story. 2 million units are not that
        much. Even if we assume that only 20% of gamers which is interested in The
        Phantom Pain bought Ground Zeroes then 10 million units is the best result TPP
        can hope for.

        • Gatsu

          Many fans were hungry for a new MGS, even if being short. I’m one of them.

          But also many fans were waiting for reviews of it and when heard GZ is short didn’t want to buy it yet. Gamers these days want to know how long game is etc, so that will be worth the money spent. But with TPP it might be different story when it’s the main dinner.

        • Ol’ Jack Burton

          That said, 10 million or so in the first few years after its release would be pretty healthy for a game like TPP, honestly. For better or worse, I don’t many people, even pretty devoted MG fans (Don’t think I’m not one), think it really has the sheer mainstream appeal of the really big Western AAA titles to go toe-to-toe with them in terms of sales.

    • MichaelPayneV

      unlike the other Games, this MGS is coming to 5 Platform, and of them is PC, and unlike GZ is coming to PC just 2 weeks after the consoles, exactly like Max Payne 3, so the PC Sales (Steam Sales) will be more than SOLID then GZ’s Sales this time around as this is a Complete Game, a Whole Game, and once of The Most Anticipated Game for ANY Gamer.

      Then at some point there will come the Physical PC Copies, which will raise the sales even more, plus there will be Steam Sales, and soooooooo on!

      • Eugene Voldo

        Ground Zeroes was released on 5 platforms as well. And only around 300K from ~2 million units comes from Steam (http://steamspy.com/app/311340) with -50%/-75% sales. Yes, I understand that the gap between PC and console releases is almost nonexistent in TPP case, though I don’t think it will help TPP sales that much. But it’s my opinion and I can very well be wrong.

        • MichaelPayneV

          Only 300K? You do realize that is around 17%18 of the all sales right, sales from a 1 Platform only released almost a year after the consoles version, and these are just the Digital sales, so what is your point, keeping alive the mislead stereotype that PC Games don’t sell?

          That being said, imagine the PC sales from GZ being at least double, considering that is coming only 2 weeks later (Like Max Payne 3 did) and that people who may not have brought GZ will sure buy TPP, so let’s not say double actually, but let’s all 50% of the current sales, so think of at least 20% of the sales being only the Digital PC Sales, not all the PC Sales, think of that, and tell me how PC won’t actually the second best selling platform for TPP after PS4, which will be the lead, because that’s where the biggest fan-base is at?

  • Gatsu

    Off topic sorry Nyxus, but http://www.dualshockers.com/2015/06/19/hideo-kojima-responsds-to-comments-about-metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-being-too-dark/

    Hideo Kojima Responds to Comments About Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Being “Too Dark”

    In my opinion people need to face the fact, that games are turning more and more for the mature audience. Games ain’t Donkey Kongs anymore as Paul Eiding said.

    If a game tells the story of revenge and how a man turns into a madman, OF COURSE the STORY is going to be dark and bloody. I’m sure the ones who complain are in the minority, but it is annoying when they whine about the game before even playing it or don’t know why it happens.

    The game also shows us dark topics that are truly happening in the world, which is good thing imo.

    Oh hell, even Metal Gear 2 from 80’s was dark, when Solid Snake burns Big Boss or CQC battle in the minefield with Gray Fox. But the graphics don’t show it so well. Every MGS game has dark moments, but Kojima-san never forgets to add humor in to them. It is rated Mature game for a reason, if don’t like it should go play Pokemons or something.

    I love the dark theme of MGSV :)…

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      I’m not a fan of its goofiness.he said that it would be less humoristic but it ends up goofier than mgs4 n 2 alone

      • Gatsu

        Every MGS has much goofy moments ;D. The story won’t be funny, but he balance it by adding some funny stuff in gameplay which is welcome imo :).

        • MichaelPayneV

          Interesting, i feel the same way about then TV Show Gotham, i found it just like Metal Gear, the Perfect balance between Dark and Goofy!

        • Le Guy who drowned quiet

          Actually I didn’t play 4

          • Boldizar

            Then you have no idea what goofy actually is.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            I watched the entire game on youtube

      • No Place For Hayter

        I personally believe that if MGS did not have it’s goofiness the games would be much worse than they are. Anybody whom understands how to tell a story will not stuff the audience, for example if you want the player to always be sad, you would not have every moment of the game be sad, if you did this it would become dull and worn out, but if you contrast it with different emotions most importantly humour it makes the moments of the game without humour that much more powerful, because not only have you built a relation and understanding with the characters and their humour but you fall from a greater height of emotion than simply falling from an average state of mind. When making a story it is incredibly important to make it a complete experience and to make the audience feel many things, many humour related stories often have the most emotional impact because it is the story we are most connected to because of the humour and the relaxation of our emotional state and mental defenses we put up for “entertainment”. For me a good sign of quality for a serious game is if it also uses humour when it wants or when it can, and a bad sign of quality is if a serious game never drops it facade of “I’M SO SERIOUS AND EMOTIONAL!”. I believe that one who is not willing to take the happy with the sad is not willing to experience the whole thing and simply picks an chooses thus ruining the greater experience it is meant to be, if TPP did not have any humour under the guise of “THIS IS A REALISTIC SERIOUS MG AND I WON’T HAVE ANY OF THAT IN IT!” I would never consider buying the game as the very basic elements of good story telling would clearly no longer apply.

        With all that being said I want to make two points. 1 that one can simply just not like the kind of humour given by the story, it is not any persons fault if they do not enjoy humour in the story, it is simply who they are and they enjoy different methods or ways of humour. And 2, a lot of the humour content in the MGS games have always been of the beaten path, by having humour in the game but subtle and not in the players face, Kojima is able to tell a dark and serious story without any humour but still have that emotional and story contrast and experience by placing the humour outside of the story instead placing it in the game world, so if you don’t like the humour I wouldn’t worry to much it is both out of the way and not important or directly attached to the serious story that Kojima wants to tell.

        • Le Guy who drowned quiet

          Mgs 1 was known more for 4th wall breaking but I didn’t like the goofiness in pw

          • No Place For Hayter

            Crap, now that I think about it, PW had the most goofiness tied into main events and cut-scenes, so I understand what you mean. But yeah that was because it was about Peace etc so makes sense despite it being more in everybody’s face, but we won’t be having surprise fultoning of kids through roofs in TPP, lol. But now that I think about all of it, PW was more tied into the main events/cut-scenes,

    • PsychoMantis18

      I think it’s great that you’re defending MGSV’s dark subject matter but you need to remember that a “dark” story does not necessarily concern violence/death/gore. Be careful not to take the “mature” out of a Mature rating.

      That said, go Kojima and his blood-stained swan song!

      BRING ON THE PHANTOM PAIN!!!!!!

      • No Place For Hayter

        Yeah, another thing I would point out is that “Dark” does not mean that it is any good you can have bad “dark” or you can have half-hearted dark like the “dark” content in GZ, it was very superficial, and lacked any depth, just an evil guy doing evil things because HEY TORTURE! but most importantly it was all hidden behind audio tapes, treading the line of dark subject matter does not make it dark or mature, either you cross the line or you don’t, you don’t pretend like you are on the other side of the line when you clearly aren’t .

    • Tong Ninja

      Meh, if movies and books (e.g. 1984) can do it … why can’t video games??

      Kojima’s games always has deep underlying messages for us ponder about and have a different perspective on the world in general. 🙂

    • andy

      Paul Eiding? Didn’t I hear him selling Vault Tec to a guy door to door last Sunday? 🙂

    • No Place For Hayter

      The industry refuses to grow up, and Kojima is dragging it kicking and screaming 🙂

    • Shporet

      Am I the only MGS fan who doesn’t see big boss as villain/evil guy?

      • Gatsu

        Hell no, definitely not the only one. But he is going a little mad in TPP :), a great reason for that though. Big Boss always a hero to me

    • Annie

      Make Cash Now 63$ daily@ metalgearinformer

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    • glasscut

      Metal gear solid 3 the conversations between campbell, miller and zero. Taught me about the military industrial complex..

  • MichaelPayneV

    Still, the number seems so small for an almost 30 years old Franchise.

    I said it once months ago, and i’ll say it again, if Metal Gear has a better Publisher, like let’s say Take 2 Interactive and if all the Games came to PC as well, the number of sales for this Franchise could have been sooooooo much bigger.

    • Gatsu

      Hmmm perhaps, but amazing amount still :). Stealth genre might not be so popular like some others (I could be wrong). And not everyone just knows how amazing Metal Gear saga is ;). Also new MG games come pretty rarely and not every year, so that might be another reason too I think. For example Metal Gear 2:Solid Snake released in 1990 and MGS1 1998. How many actually played the very first games back in the day :).

      But MGSV will sell like hell for sure and it deserves that :D. On 5 platforms this time.

      Yes maybe we get all the games some day in the future for PC. Most of my friends play on PC only so I want them to play the greatest saga too.

      • MichaelPayneV

        What i’m trying to say is that MG over these years has had poor marketing and Konami ignoring the platform that could have boosted the sales, PC!

        Why do you think Splinter Cell always sold a lot? Because there was not Metal Gear for PC in that period!

        • Boldizar

          Most of the series was released for PC at one time.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Which is why i said “In that period” and by that period i mean from 2002 till now, and from 2002 we didn’t got any Metal Gear for PC, MGS3, 4 and PW are not on PC, you can play 3 and PW on PC if you have a good rig, but still, no official PC version of these, which doesn’t make any sense, i mean we deserve at least MGS3 on Steam, and after having played it with M&K using PCSX2 i’ll have to say that is a totally different experience compared to playing it on PS2!

        • No Place For Hayter

          We don’t even get awesome special editions, just plain things like every other game, I really needed some really awesome special edition of the game to buy.

          • MichaelPayneV

            I couldn’t have said it better myself!

    • Kol Leqejza

      don’t think so. MGS has a very unique taste, that’s not for everyone. halo sold more because it started when videogames sold more than in the 90’s + it’s a FPS, which means it’s accesible to mainstream. halo and such games are demanded by people, MGS is something that mankind deserves, without knowing.

      • Yeah, Metal Gear just doesn’t have a broad appeal as GTA does, especially the older games.

        • Kol Leqejza

          may change after this one! though, every entry after it may profit from it, but who knows how they turn out, after being crippled by konami.

  • VenomSnake1974

    IMHO:

    5 platforms + map 200 times GZ + monopoly of attention at E3 + X more factors = around 5/6 million copies in just a few weeks.

    • MichaelPayneV

      + Praised by Hollywood stars like Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus!

      • Mr.Pony

        Plus all that: “A Hideo Kojima Game”

        • No Place For Hayter

          Plus, everything surrounding the loss of David Hayter. Plus all the surpised reviews and news articles that will be released due to the content of the game. Plus Kojima trolling.

          Nothing gives attention like controversy 🙂

      • asdasdfd

        and other stars not just Hollywood.

    • MichaelPayneV

      “V has come to”…PC, PS3, PS4, X360 and X1!

      • solideater

        Is the resolution of MGSV updated on xbox one or it is still 720P 60fps as ground zero ?

        • MichaelPayneV

          Don’t know, but i think it will still be 720p in order to keep it at 60 fps!

        • andy

          There is a claim that somebody at the MGS Booth who worked on the Fox Engine said that the game is hitting 1080p and 60fps on Xbone now. The same goes for the new PES too. But he could have been taken out of context.

  • PrinceHeir

    Man i hope MGSV will bump it to 50 Million sales.

    Yeah it’s kinda low for a 25 year old franchise that has a huge following, but not a mainstream one.

    Let’s do it for Kojima and his team!!!!!!

    Last MGS by Kojima Producitons so let’s do this!!!

    • MichaelPayneV

      Indeed, is also possible that Kojima was the A-Hole here, and Konami deserves these money!

      • No Place For Hayter

        Lets consider this for a second despite everything pointing against it for us, no matter what Kojima did Konami’s reaction and subsequent actions were rude and stupid. So not matter the reason why or even if they had a reason, Konami were A-Holes here.

        That is if you were serious, I don’t think you are, lol.

        • MichaelPayneV

          At your surprise, i am being serious, we know nothing, yet we jumpt to the conclusion that Konami is the Villain, when Kojima could be the bad guy here.

          I’m not saying that he is, i’m just saying that he could.

    • Gatsu

      YES lets do it :D, already got 2 copy myself pre-ordered and 3 more coming at least in future :P. Must give it my best ! I want them to sell super much, all for Kojima Productions! 😉

      • PrinceHeir

        Already preordered JPN Premium Edition. I’ll buy the US PS4 version and PC in the near future 🙂

      • No Place For Hayter

        Unfortunately I’m not buying that many, your extreme hype has effected your purchasing, lol, OK not really I think that would apply to others, not so much you, lol. I’m buying just two copies, one for myself and one for a friend for his birthday 🙂 if I was rich I would have also bought the JPN premium edition, but that was a little rich for my blood.

        • Gatsu

          The 3 are for PC Steam XD, 1 for me and the 2 other for my brothers :). <3

          • No Place For Hayter

            Crap you are right, mark me down for 3 or 4, because I will buy the PC version as well 🙂

  • is that a picture from your collection nyx?

  • Shporet

    We need more air command center pictures! 🙂

  • Jake Barnes

    I’m buying MGSV on Xbox One and PS4, hopefully it helps to push the record to 50 million.

    • MichaelPayneV

      And i’m buying MGSV on Steam to raise the number while simultaneously showing that PC Gamers buy Games!

      • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

        I’ve bought the Collector’s Edition on Ps4. Two weeks later it will be left to rot as I will be purchasing the vastly superior PC release. Can’t wait for the mods.

        • MichaelPayneV

          “vastly superior” that remains to be seen.

          • korruption

            Well he is being objective. I’m a console guy personally, and the PC version on a high-end rig will indeed be vastly superior in terms of graphics and perhaps modding capabilities. Provided they avoid the Arkham Knight syndrome. Still, I’m looking forward to the PS4 version. Preferences yunno. The way I see it, we’re all Metal Gearheads here. =D

          • MichaelPayneV

            True, true, but i also can’t ignore the extra hard work that Hideo puts in to the PC Version’s Depth of Field “Focus/Defocus” Key scenes, that ads a lot to the Cinematic Experience, and i’m also disappointed that this Post Processing feature is PC Exclusive, that a part of the Directing is not on consoles, and i wish it was, i truly wish at least the long time Play Station fans having it on PS4.

            And no, i’m not doing this to say that the PC Version if better. NO, i just can’t ignore Hideo’s extra work, ignoring it would be a de-service to Hideo, and i respect Hideo more than Konami and even Metal Gear as a Franchise, as Hideo could get better without Metal Gear, but Metal Gear can’t get better without Hideo!

          • korruption

            Well this is his final MG game and last game for Konami, makes sense he would do as much as he possibly could. I wish more game designers had his passion, commitment and attention to detail.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Yeah, looks like only Rockstar and Kojima gave a sh*t about this industry.

  • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

    I own every single version of the games on that shelf pictured above. Even the crappy Metal Gear Rising spinoff. As un-Metal Gear as you can get. *Shudders*

  • Batzi

    @Nyxus:disqus Konami announced that MG has now sold ~50M. That means that TPP might have sold around 8M copies outselling MGS2.

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