Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Ships 6 Million Units, Konami Records All-Time High Profits

Hideo Kojima’s final game with Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, has surpassed 6 million sales worldwide, according to the Japanese publisher’s recent financial report.

The revered developer may have left Konami, but the firm continues to profit from what is Kojima’s final chapter in the popular Metal Gear Solid series.

Konami also reported strong revenue and profits in its Digital Entertainment division. The revenue was at $771.8 million, with a profit of $210.8 million. This equates to a 37.5 percent and 138.7 percent rise over the same period in 2015.

Despite Kojima Productions no longer working with Konami, the publisher is still expected to greatly profit towards the end of the year, forecasting $2 billion in revenue for the end of the financial year, up from $1.9 billion. Operating profit forecasts also rose from $140 million to $198.4 million.

This is all despite Konami deciding to stray away from AAA releases and instead focusing on mobile games and pachinko. Amongst competitors, Konami managed the highest revenue growth. By comparison, competitors like Gaming & Systems (slot machines) saw a 4.8 percent rise while Pachslot & Pachinko machine revenue fell by 18.3 percent.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain saw its release in early September last year. Within a month, the game had reportedly shipped over 5 million units. The sales obviously stagnated from then onwards, but Konami nevertheless continues to profit from the title as its sales gradually increase.

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