Say what you want about Konami, but they had a goldmine on their hands when it came to the Metal Gear Solid series. A recent report by the company showed that Metal Gear Solid sales across the entire series had totaled over 49.2 million copies. That’s 49 million, 200,000 copies. These will, unfortunately, likely be the last MGS sales Konami sees.
The company’s abysmal treatment of the Kojima Productions staff and Hideo Kojima himself have essentially ruined the company’s reputation among gamers, and even though Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain sold very well the game’s release was still underscored by controversy due to the company’s conflict with Kojima.
The fact that MGS 5 released essentially unfinished in more ways than one also hurt Konami’s chances of getting any more Metal Gear Solid sales. Not that the company would care, considering that after Kojima they cut all ties with developing video games and are instead focusing on making pachinko machines and sullying Kojima’s magnum opus series.
The impact of Konami’s 2015 meltdown was visible on their quarterly report: for the first quarter of 2016, Konami reported 49.4 billion yen in revenue (in American money 481 million dollars). Though this may sound like a lot, it’s actually a decrease from last year, by 3.5 percent, year-over-year. The company itself got 9.1 billion yen (89 million dollars) which is a 40 percent jump year over year.
Konami may be trying to increase its revenue with the possibility of a “definitive edition” of Metal Gear Solid 5, though considering the game will likely not be completely finished and has no DLC, you can hardly call it “finished.” Whether that will be a successful endeavor or not remains to be seen.
Either way, Konami will likely continue to milk Metal Gear Solid sales for all that they’re worth, at least until the copyright runs out (if Konami allows it to).