Metal Gear series lifetime sales have surpassed 49.2 million

Konami has announced in their latest financial result that the Metal Gear series has now surpassed 49.2 million copies in worldwide lifetime sales, as of March 2016.

In the Pachislot & Pachinko Machines business, we intend to release new pachislot machines, SEVEN’S BEAT, in collaboration with beatmania, a music genre game from the Konami Group, and METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER, which was derived from the ultra large-scale video game title METAL GEAR series (surpassed 49.2 million copies sold worldwide as of end of March 2016). This is the first model loaded on the next-generation cabinet BIGBOSS, featuring the industry’s first full-HD surface 32-inch LCD, and equipped with a 124 GB large-capacity ROM for the LCD.

This means the series has done quite well in the past year: at the end of March of 2015 sales were at 41.2 million, meaning an increase of 8 million since then. This can probably be largely attributed to the succes of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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Source: Konami Financial Results

  • proceeder

    I hope Konami chokes on that money!
    Destroying our Mother-Base and us “dog’s of war”, with no game to call our own.

  • Batzi

    If that’s correct then TPP is the best selling MG game to date surpassing MGS2 sales. We’re not counting GZ numbers either.

    • Full Options

      Would be great but at least a substantial amount of copies were not obviously TPP, but possibly other opuses on various platforms independently or also partly implied by the marketing and overall hype around TPP. Out of 8M, I bet at least 500 000 – 1 M were not TPP…

      • Alex

        That would still put it above MGS2, but vgchartz are reporting TPP to be at 4.95 million.

        • Full Options

          Thanks for the info. The score look small, though…
          As you know MGS2 was plateform exclusive, and way less hyped or well noted at release. Always interesting to compare in all cases.

  • Full Options

    Nice one, I did not the math immediately..
    So if at worst 6 M units were needed to break even, they are then 25 % higher, which is indeed a quite decent multiple smash-hit, given the quite specialized nature of the concept.
    8 M unit so far is a cool / solid score in fact !

  • Mr.Pony

    You either die as a beloved franchise or live long enough to see yourself turn into a Pachinko Machine

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Harvey Dent would be so happy

    • Biggy

      LOL

    • Biggy

      Say it in batman’s voice

  • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

    Off topic:

    Kojima needs to hire this man – he made this ALL BY HIMSELF IN 2 YEARS:

    https://media.giphy.com/media/3oEjHJcV24Xx8HxU2Y/giphy.gif

    2 years… 1 man… Damn.

    • Full Options

      I hope he’ll be among the ones that will get backed for producing their babies, because he looks well inspired ! Yeah engines can now let that happen which is really cool ! But efforts are always needed.
      The one that impress me the most is Brano Siles. He took few years more because he wrote as well his marvelous engine at his moms place, ALONE. Old-school demo-sceners know how to speak to the machines. On a tech stand-point, his tech surpass any professional techno out there by faaaar (Fox, Cry, UE, not obliged to believe me but I swear he is on top of DIY dudes).

      Was really, literally blasted by his vids :

      • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

        I had vague knowledge of voxels commonly being used in the various lighting methods game engine’s employ, didn’t know it could be applied to geometry as well. Yet again I don’t know that much about voxels. It seems voxels can eat up less of an engines budget than polygons? I dunno, I need to look this up, thanks for posting that; really interesting stuff 😛

        • Full Options

          Normally voxel renderers are seriously budget consuming but that’s where demo-sceners / hackers have the habit to make photo-realistic 3D demos fitting in 4k programs in contests (like Inigo Quilez for example).
          Siles won many first place at those contests, and decided to write his voxel renderer that, I have to say, out-perform any other developed so far by a level of magnitude of at least 100x…

          The key is in data compression because traditional polygons force to map 2D textures at some point on surfaces. As far as you find a method for issuing 3D texture data for voxels, it de facto eliminate a lot of linear algebra problems (whether for lighting or physics and more) because all react as 3d pixels, you less need to struggle with multiple projections schemes.
          All this works of course and again as far as you find a suitable compression method to inflate-deflate your data on-line. It seems this unique guy managed to put a finger on such promising methods.
          Love his work, but also how he shared his efforts, convincing most academic fellows about the obvious viability of his approaches.

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            Ah, I see. With polygons the space between the vertices are filled with a 2D texture which can cause mathematical errors and requires work around’s, but a voxel is essentially a 3-dimensional pixel, which can introduces less errors but is far more demanding on the system, due to it having to render more voxels than it would polygons for a given scene? That’s my understanding.

          • Full Options

            Your understanding is 1:1 perfectly exact. A dimension more introduce tremendous extra loading charges but tremendous less processing charge. The rendering hit with voxels (or “atoms”) does not depend on the scene complexity in term of vertices number but is more bound to the image resolution or at least your possibly intelligent ray-tracing resolution areas. Just feel free to ask if I look too synthetic ! I’ll try to make it where it serves (this are heavy subjects but you catch pretty good, my fellow).

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Off Topic:Kojima loved Fury so I wonder what’s his reaction to this
            http://screenrant.com/suicide-squad-david-ayer-f-marvel/

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            Lol, Suicide Squad better be like a masterpiece in order for the director to be throwing his shit at marvel like that. I honestly don’t think it’ll even be that good, but here’s hoping.

            Also what do you think about Telltales Batman game?

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Troy Baker as Batman=WTF
            I honestly think it might be great or atleast decent
            I actually have high hopes for SS
            Lol

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            I can already see haters giving it bad reviews lol
            I’m a fanboy tbh

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            Well, I’ve been avoiding pretty much all trailers – kinda due to non-interest at first but now I just think it would be interesting to go into the film near blind (I’ve only seen the first trailer). So I think I will end up enjoying it.

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Actually it’s shit
            Damnnnn

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Well I watched it
            And all the criticisms of the critics were stupid
            The third act is a bit too much cliché
            That buzzfeed reviewer is a retard

          • Full Options

            I am probably completely wrong, but I was wondering if I did something nuts while replying to you…
            Specially after our exchanges about the voxel rendering techno. Since then I wondered if my answer to this comment was not looking too condescending for you (sorry if it did).
            Otherwise please confirm I am just having hallucinations.

            Despite some thoughts here I am really 43 years old, so can appear a bit condescending in my answers (specially regarding 3D tech / programming since it is my field of expertise) but not doing this on purpose.
            I do also like to play retards from time to time here because I have an uncle that always took care of us in our youth, the same way. I love some of you guys as you were my nephews.
            Please let me know if there are some clarification needed.
            All the best mate !

      • FoxTamerMGO

        This would make a great twisted metal game ;D

        • Full Options

          Yeah, when Hideo was looking for a tech, I wondered if he should check this one. But even if they could have co-operate, despite what we see, and according to Siles, his project needs a lot more efforts to reach a state mature enough for real AAA. But this tech is the most promising because despite the HUGE quantity of voxels it is able to handle, it appear that many operations like comfortably animating them looks as well straight-forward for the engine which is also a quite big challenge for voxel based renderers.

    • proceeder

      Dude this is awesome, what does it come out on? When is it out?

    • FoxTamerMGO

      This game gave me Devil May cry 3 vibe.. It looks 100x better than that Dmc reboot. If this ever get released on a ps4 i’ll definitely get it. In terms of fighting mechanic/visuals, it gets a 10/10 for me. The character design based on the characters i’ve seen so far looks overused.. the characters look like typical Final Fantasy characters, baby faces/cliche hairstyle. Is he doing the voice acting too?. If he can hook me up with the story as DMC3 did.. This is going to be my top hack/slash game.

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      All that jizz on my pants!
      How

    • MrVux007

      Impressive as it(being made by one man),the footage shown was not as much for me.The game still needs couple of years of development.The good news is he was already contacted by Sony and unfortunately by EpicGames.

      One thing i dont like is that people keep saying that this looks better then FF15,all by looking at a short footage.
      Im glad that developer is at least rational enough to put a stop to unnecessary bashing.

      • Full Options

        “Im glad that developer is at least rational enough to put a stop to unnecessary bashing.”
        Yeah, he suffered enough to understand all that is implied in developing games. What’s cool in the programming community is that everybody is humble between each other, even when sharing feelings about supposed weak code because they never know in which conditions or possibly hard management pressure the efforts were issued. So you can imagine how embarrassed he could be when some, obviously not aware about what’s involved, are attacking the work of big and skilled studios in favor to his work. As you said, he has to stop those bullshit bashing right away.

      • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

        Yeah. For me personally the game doesn’t look that interesting (not the biggest fan of hack and slash games), but what he has done is nothing short of impressive.

        Based on the way he talks about it, it seem even he knows if he will ever finish it. He describes it more of being just a thing he did in his spare time out of his love for FFXV. Now that Sony’s or epic gas picked him up this could change.

  • No Place For Hayter

    Reading this made me realize how long Kojima has been stuck under the MGS umbrella, his next game is going to be VERY interesting, whether its crap or amazing (read as “I expect amazing”)

    • Full Options

      Hopefully, the dev he’ll hire will have some MGS based inspirations, so he won’t loose too much time explaining what he need in all involved fields such as gameplay mechanics, but as well stuff like UI design which was quite advanced in all his titles. Fingers crossed !!

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Fuck that dude

    • BurntFM

      Wow. What an asshole. What did MGI do to him?

      http://i.imgur.com/B5BSVqH.png

      • Leguywhodrownedquiet

        Lmao
        Too much sodium

      • Hahaha, I hadn’t even seen that. That’s hilarious, trying to have a conversation with ANYONE on YouTube is pointless. So I turned off notifications. The MGI community knows this dude is a fool. Better to ignore the idiocy.

        • Full Options

          Feels like you banged his wife with him watching you behind the door slaping her .ss hard and wiping from your jerk with his kid’s shirt or something… xD

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

          • Full Options

            😀

          • Hey, that’s a classic joke I made one time haha

          • Full Options

            ;D Yeah, you made it for explaining what Hideo did to Konami’s CEO. I laughed my damn .ss off when you said that ! ;D

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Memories ftw

          • And people don’t LOVE this site?
            *blows raspberries*

          • Full Options

            Yeah, forget about this cr.p… The guy is like having his mom overrated on pornhub (copyright – leguywhodrown) xD

          • That’s a deep cut bro. #MGImemories

          • Full Options

            No mercy for those daring to attack Mother Base xD

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            I should have brought my big homie skillface along to give this pussy a big ass whooping XD

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Dude seems like a member here put a dildo up his ass or something
            Or should I say “Birds up his ass”

    • MrVux007

      “your shitty site”
      http://replygif.net/i/479.gif
      WHERE IS MY BLOCK HAMMER!?!?!?

    • Full Options

      Aahh Youtube comment section… If I print all those pages, I suppose I have enough to wipe my .ss with them for entire centuries… xD

    • Anyone even know who that guy is? Maybe we should be flattered. 😛

      • Leguywhodrownedquiet

        Lmao

      • Full Options

        Not sure who he is, but if he smells sh.t here, maybe it is just because his nose is too close from his mouth ? Like a simple and unfortunate misunderstanding.

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      What makes it even more hilarious is that his statement makes no sense whatsoever.

      Crimson’s comment was about people bugging Ken and Kojima – what has that got to do with this site?

      Ah, YouTube. Never change…

  • PrinceHeir

    Wow, I was just actually checking my MGS collection today 🙂

    Shame we’ll never get another main game like MGSV. But I don’t mind ending the series here now. Konami should just sell their IPs or license them so they can do their pachinko business and get money from license and the IP still lives on.

    It’s a win win situation, but of course. This is Konami we’re talking about. I was also watching some Bloody Roar Extreme gameplay. I realized Konami owns Hudson Soft’s IP including Bloody Roar. So yeah fuck Konami.

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      If they continue the story of mgs instead of a spin off or a reboot , I’ll be hella pissed

  • PrinceHeir

    Also, almost 30 years since we’ve been using the good old cardboard box 🙂

    https://66.media.tumblr.com/8d140c444a9ccfdb656a1585b9d52f34/tumblr_nhk3ciUVx81sgz41fo1_500.gif

    • Gatsu

      Such a long time wow :D.

    • Mr.Pony

      30 Years of cardboard technology at work

  • Gatsu

    Amazing amount of sales :D, it deserves even more to be honest. I feel fortunate for growing up playing this franchise <3.

    Still it's kinda sad knowing that there won't be any more MGS by Kojima, no more story of Snake :(. But all good things come to end someday 🙂 and he was so many years with MG…

    Welcome back from the vacation Boss :D!

    • Full Options

      Yeah, in all this pain, we are still pretty lucky to have at that rich and so well inspired collection. Truly original stuff, that’s why it is always a pleasure to play them again almost like infinitely ! ;D

  • Venom_Sina

    Nice sales for V.I wonder if they included digital sales too or not (which probably they did).V did some different things and went more mainstream,so we should’ve expected good sales like this.Also this time we got the game on 5 different platforms,so this helped a lot,too.

  • Mr.Pony

    So…now we have swimsuits for FOBs…our requests have been heard?

    http://www.konami.jp/mgs5/tpp/en/news/update201608.php5

    • Gatsu

      XD…

  • Hey,
    so I watched a few short films on youtube last month and I just wanted to share my favorite one with you guys – Enjoy.

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      I like this one as well:

      I have a special love for stories that communicate narrative without the use of dialogue. This was the aspect of MGSV’s story I appreciated and enjoyed the most – the lack of dialogue (in most cases).

      Also Unity is looking pretty dank here.

      • Oh yeah this one is also very nice

      • BurntFM

        holy crap. That’s Unity? It certainly is a different beast from last year’s built I was using to make little space shooter games.

        • Full Options

          Spot on remark ! If you have enough human resources on all departments, any engine can do, whether V5 or Vx of Unity.

          • BurntFM

            Yeah. You’re right. I just had the basic personal licence of the engine and worked with regular assets. I haven’t opened the software in almost a year, I might start again if I didn’t forget c# already.

          • Full Options

            I think Unity is quite powerful, despite sometimes feeling that engines using several different coding layers / languages that can achieve the same things can appear misleading and more tiring to integrate in our minds. For example, in UE4, shifting from previous versions emacs-like *.uc to full plain C++ feels like a real rest even if C++ can appear less easy to work with.

            Fortunately, c# coding is quite future-proof and not too exotic compare to other languages. When I tested Unity I was really impressed by its quite fast prototyping possibilities. They managed to aim at a cool and easy to use engine scheme, very comfortable in all its user interface features.
            And yeah, default packages can put you quickly on map, but default stuff is obviously always a bit raw and can present various kind of unwanted glitches and artifacts here and there. Repairing / fixing those glitches or even trying to tackle problems more from scratch is time consuming but pretty rewarding when all finally running as neat as expected (this, of course applicable to any engine).

            If I give it another shot, I may use the simplest default packages to keep it all clear (at least as far as possible), and use them more as a Unity “dictionary” regarding how a given implementation for a specific functionality should be planned.

            Best luck in all your game-dev efforts, mate ! ;D

          • BurntFM

            Thanks. I spent some time trying to learn c++ but for some reason or another it never stuck. I signed up for a quick course on Python and found it very easy and fun to code and moved on to C# from there. I try to use simple scripts and make vast use of Unity’s features, that way I keep track of things easily in debugging.

          • Full Options

            C++ can appear from more ancient ages but often “cycles” firmly back in the industry and game dev in general. C# is not that far from C++, I am sure that while playing more with also other languages in your career, you may feel progressively fine with C++ too (yet say for simply porting libs from one to another, could happen), even while not specially training on it.
            Python is awesome and C# is quite neat. Happy dev !

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    xD

  • Full Options

    Boss is visiting Venise… Question : Should he stop by Cologne in 2 weeks, on his way back to MB ?? Would be cool…

    https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/760433961491464192

  • ADAMJENSEN13

    49 millions is really good number! And its stealth game. Not everyone is a fan of stealth games so its really good.

    But GTA5 only selled more than 60 millions already so… Ok, never mind.

    • Yeah, GTA is a different beast altogether.

    • Full Options

      GTA franchise is more mainstream. For example you have even more successful ones such as Mario that sold >520 Millions copies so far (just Mario, not super, etc..). ;D

      Edit: not sure, even being an absolutely awesome game, that it will reach such circles some day.

      • ADAMJENSEN13

        Yeah, Mario is a mega successful game just like Zelda and Pokemon. Thats the best Nintendo games for sure.

        You heard about NX? There is a rumor it will be a handheld console. What do You think?
        And btw have you heard of game called Spy Ficiton? I wrote a little review of it in new news about swimsuits in MGSV. You can check it out if You want.

        • Full Options

          ;D “Mario is a mega successful game just like Zelda and Pokemon. ”
          Mario is a bit to GTA5 what GTA5 is to MGSV in terms of popularity but in terms of enemy AI mechanics (so somehow stealth), MGSV still does not have any competing equivalent (my take).

          “You heard about NX?”
          Being a true lover of many Nintendo products / franchises, I have to admit I stepped a little back since Wii and the targeted goals. I must be wrong but time is always lacking.
          I may check the specs of this handheld just for curiosity, but nowadays, I play exclusively in an armchair and with a big screen ( probably the eyes seeing less accurately… :D).

          “And btw have you heard of game called Spy Ficiton? I wrote a little review..”
          Interesting, back in those times, and due to major technical HW limitations, strangely, the inspiration was limited as well and many were copying each other concepts. The biggest tsunami of such copies even contributed in introducing new and sometime better made copies (eg. all the “Doom-likes” for the fps field).
          MG on the other hand, always stayed in the pioneering side, thanks to who you know.

          • ADAMJENSEN13

            Yeah MGSV is just the best! 🙂

            I am mega big fan of Zelda games and cant wait to play Breath of wild! and if that NX will have good games then it doesnt matter if it will be a handheld or normal console like PS4.

            In Spy Fiction there is also clothes changing which is really important in the game which is copied from Hitman franchise.
            But as I wrote in review. Game is really cool and gameplay is very great! Its like dlc to MGS2 with new characters! Hahaha! 🙂

          • Full Options

            “I am mega big fan of Zelda games and cant wait to play Breath of wild! and if that NX will have good games then it doesnt matter if it will be a handheld or normal console like PS4.”

            Nintendo always took good care of their major franchises (not like some others, btw), whatever their business strategies.

            Happy gaming Dude ! ;D

  • Alex

    “This is the first model loaded on the next-generation cabinet BIGBOSS”

    So not only are they ruining the legacy of MGS3, they are also ruining the name/title Big Boss with this trademark. I can’t event right now.

    Thank god I’ve never suffered from depression, or this news would make me kill myself.

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