MGSV: The Phantom Pain made $179 million globally on its opening day

Website VentureBeat reports that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain made $179 million globally on its opening day. This information comes from Adobe Digital Index’s new report on gaming trends.


From what we know the budget for the game was over $80 million, although it isn’t entirely clear what the exact number is. Either way, the day one sales are quite impressive, especially considering the game is currently still in the charts of various regions.

Tamara Gaffney (principal analyst and director at Adobe) had this to say in the report:

“The gaming industry is a lot bigger than most marketers realize. These games get more social buzz on opening day than most movies do, and the revenue for one of the top games this year outdid the highest-grossing movie start by nearly double.”


Source: VentureBeat, Adobe Gaming Trends Report

  • BagOfLemon

    And how much did the game cost ? With the bitching of Konami who say it cost too much for the revenue it have make I wonder.

    • Ricardo Oe

      It cost enough to Kojima and his team eat much sashimi; and stay in great hotels ….bitchs a la vontee…

      • PsychoMantis18

        ..Da fuck are you talking about?

        • Ricardo Oe

          about your mom…don`t Know anything child…

          • PsychoMantis18

            Well I know how to form a semi-competent sentence… Child.

          • Ricardo Oe

            1 x 1 every night…in mgo…and we see your competence…
            I kill you for free
            Don`t need pay nothing…

          • PsychoMantis18

            Bwahahahaah. You are such a douche.

          • Paul Fox

            dafuq is wrong with you.

    • Full Options

      Few ones think it was around 120 M$ if the marketing costs were included. Even if it was that high, Konami already earned 60M$ profit on V, and it is far to be over.

  • Danny Patten

    Yea, Konamis statement about they would have to sell more to make due with their expenses was total bull. Like everything they say mostly.

  • PlayStation4Life!

    GTA V made even more. Like $800 Millions in one day!
    Heck even destiny made more… which is kinda sad since the quality of the game is no way as near as MGSV TPP.
    It seem like the popularity of Japanese games is greatly declining day by day :(.

    • GTAV and Destiny are much more mainstream than MGSV.
      Stealth-Action game with 15-25 year old story line won’t sell as much. But in it’s own genre MGSV is the best selling title.

      Not to mention that the games you mentioned had much stronger marketing campaigns. Dstiny whole budget for 10 years is 500 m $, GTAV costed like 180+ m $.
      MGSV 6-7 year old game in development was 80 m $ at best. 80 million and we still got a quality game.

      • MrVux007

        and the most tragic thing about Destiny budget is that they spent at least 1/3 of that budget on marketing….

      • PlayStation4Life!

        GTA V is actually costed well over $300 Millions i believe, the most expensive game to ever made :P. I wonder how much is Fallout 4.

      • Mr. Sir Shpee

        Right. Stealth games aren’t mainstream and never will be. Generally, trailers interest people more when they contain tons of action as opposed to sneaking around avoiding conflict.

  • Full Options

    Haha, It was pretty clear that V would for sure reach at least 200 M$ by the end of the year. Men, XMas is even far away and MGSV reached yet 180 M$… xDxD

    This guy that “writes about japanese video games” is not even able to guess a system seller game profit, besides posting his poor evaluation only one week after launch… However he is just a Forbes contributor, but he could do his homework before posting huge intox.

    That give a really nice idea of the various BS that are served daily on the internet… 😀

  • PsychoMantis18

    Yaaay for Konami, they made their money back…. Now can you give us Chapter 3 please…. Kojima?…. Now’s good…. Not later…. Please…..

    • Ardens Anima

      Unfortunately, he most likely won’t be in that position.
      Which is quite sad, as I hope one day that they will release it….

      • PsychoMantis18

        He may be in that position; have you looked at his twitter account recently?

        • Dr. Miles Manners

          His twitter posts get overblown by hopeful fans. He’s just posting his usual stuff of the day and people are jumping again into conclusions that everything has to be about his game.

          • PsychoMantis18

            So no, you haven’t.

      • Meumels

        Reports said kojima will be contracted by konami till december. I’m wondering what he will do till that time.

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  • Batzi

    So that’s roughly around 3M units sold on day 1? That’s record breaking for the series!

  • Lewis

    Off topic, but I laughed hard.

    • Tong Ninja


      But maybe this is Skull Face’s youtube account …

    • This is amaaaazing.

    • César H. Sandoval

      Such a lust for online therapy

    • Serpent


    • Gatsu

      LOL! xD

    • hunner


    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      that is absolutely golden, thank you for sharing this


      Wow, I can’t believe this is actually a thing. LOL.

    • Paul Fox

      This is epic.

    • kirtanloorii

      Who is childline?! WHOOOOOO!?!

    • Gray Lion

      Well, I´m going to hell to laugh so hard at that. But, hey, at least I’ll have good company XD

      • Lewis

        This joke sent us to hell, but we’re going even deeper. 😀

    • Full Options


    • No Place For Hayter

      Well darn, that was way funnier than I thought it would be, ROFL.

      • Lewis

        Everytime I think it is wrong to play with people’s feelings like that. Then I laugh hard. Hell is too nice of a place for me. 😀

  • Tong Ninja

    That is a lot on the opening day (beats out Jurassic World and Avengers sequel according to another article) haha. 🙂
    But the big question is, does all of the $179 million go straight to Konami??

    When a retailer sells a $60 game, around half of the $60 goes to the publisher. The rest go to the gaming retailers (eg. GameStop, EB Games), marketing costs, packaging/shipping/distribution costs, console royalties, etc.

    But even if you halved the $179 million revenue, TPP still profited …. and only from the opening day sales!
    ALTHOUGH this is assumed based on the fact that TPP cost $80 million which has not been 100% confirmed yet.

    But it does make you wish Konami gave more time to Kojima Productions to finish/polish the game looking at the current figures/numbers in the article … haha

    • Mauricio Acosta

      Actually the retailers buy the games from $45-53. So essentially, Konami see’s the bulk of that $179 million. Also If I read correctly in another article, this is not taking into account digital sales so imagine that number when compiled together.

      • Tong Ninja

        Oh really? I thought only around half goes to publisher … maybe I’m wrong haha.

        Completely forgot about the digital sales! Yeah they don’t usually account for digital sales. 🙂

  • RagingWolf2124

    Looks like the 80 million can be payed back to Konami for developing the game, and with the remaining 99 Million Kojima can give us Chapter 3 for free and finally end the series completely! Who still wishes for the final chapter?

  • proceeder

    Good luck making that much money on your next sloppy Metal Gear Spin Off Konami!
    On second thought, NO, FUCK YOU Konami!

  • stagueda

    I haven’t finished the game yet, but i know all the fuss about chapter 3 etc etc, (please no spoilers) already know one but not good to talk about it.The main thing here is that economic wise Konami and even Kojima Productions, even if they made chapter 3 it would make more sense and profit to release it as a later DLC, think of The Last Of Us with Left Behind, maybe they made chapter 3, and the reason to deliver it afterwards is to make us put the game on the console later on.

    Hey just gessing.

    • Raven_Sorrow

      Or hopping xD I really wish that was true but its a really long shot.. Lottery like..

  • Gatsu

    Pretty good amount I guess :).

    Btw anyone else excited for Fallout 4 :D? Just a few weeks more, lets hope that the release will be less buggy than New Vegas lol.
    This is awesome trailer, maaan that song is so good… will listen some nice ol’ stuff while fighting maniacs and mutants <3!

    • MrVux007

      omg ty for showing this!

      • Gatsu

        Np Vux :), it’s fcking awesome. I’m sooooo glad they give us Fallout 4!

        I wonder what other companions there will be besides that doggy (Dogmeat :D? ). It’s pretty cool that they announced it so close to release.

        • MrVux007

          so far we have dogmeat,that robot servant Codsworth and Preston Garvy we seen in the demo ,Piper in Diamond city….so thats 4 companions so far

          • Gatsu

            Okey that’s awesome :), I actually skipped the demo for some reason, it was because of MGSV trailers I think. Couldnt watch anything else lol. I maybe watched the beginning character creation :D. But I’ll check it out when get home, thanks!

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      Going to be watching Many a True Nerd’s videos on this religiously until I’m able to buy it. H Y P E

  • Serpent

    Am I the only one who has a slight hope that they will continue to make Chapter 3? I haven’t played the game yet but I know about it and it’s really sad KP didn’t get to finish the game properly… This article has raised my hopes somehow. What do you think?


      Nope, no chance.

  • Henry

    Does anyone know how to find the MGI community on PS4?

  • Gatsu
    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      That’s awesome. Good job by them.

  • PhantomSnake

    Konami’s worst mistake ever = firing Kojima.

    • Eugene Voldo

      In my eyes, firing Suikoden creator was far worse. But still they developed amazing Suikoden V without him, so we will see what will happen with MGS. Maybe they will create something even better
      without Kojima.

  • how sad /: so these guys complained to kojima for the budget and they recovered all of that and even earned a lot in less than 24 hours…this makes me feel so angry, a creator as valuable as kojima shouldn’t be disrespected like he has been through this whole thing.

  • FOX

    And MGS “5” is in development

    • Eugene Voldo

      “Five” has come to!

      • FOX

        V has come to 5
        A hideo kojima game!
        Just wait and see

  • Venom_Sina

    Konami should read this.Maybe they reconsider somethings,like:Kojima and Silent Hills.

    • Eugene Voldo

      Oh, Konami knew right from the start that MGSV will make some profit. The problem is, it’s
      not worth it. It’s wiser to invest this $80+ million in mobile or social gaming where Konami is quiet successful. AAA business is a scary place right now, especially for Japanese companies.

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