Metal Gear Solid 4 drives Konami profit spike

Publisher's net income for first half of year is up 90 percent as Hideo Kojima's Guns of the Patriots sells more than 4 million worldwide.

Like a giant cardboard box lying in the middle of an otherwise orderly secret underground base's hallways, the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was hard to miss.

Konami today released its financial results for the first half of its fiscal year, and the PlayStation 3 exclusive title had a definite impact. For the six months ended September 30, Konami posted net profits of nearly ¥12 billion ($122 million), up more than 90 percent year-over-year.

While the bottom line was up big, the overall revenue increase for the publisher was more modest. Konami posted total sales of ¥146.9 billion ($1.5 billion), up a little less than 10 percent over the ¥133.7 billion (not quite $1.4 billion) it posted for the previous fiscal year's first half.

Konami also updated its sales figures for Metal Gear Solid 4, saying the game has now sold more than 4 million copies since its worldwide release in June. As with many games, the pace of Metal Gear Solid 4 sales dropped steeply after its initial launch window. More than 3 million of the game's sales came in its first two weeks on shelves.

Interestingly, the geographic breakdown of Konami's sales changed significantly for the first half of its fiscal year. The publisher actually sold fewer games in Japan than it did during the same period last year (4.05 million, down from 4.57 million), while sales ballooned in North America (1.16 million to 4.05 million) and Europe (2.06 million to 3.49 million).

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319 comments
Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

yea this game is in my hall of fame **** iam miss this series i almost dropped a tear at the end......this game is ture meaning of epic may snake join the ranks of a god game farewell snake...farewell....

superwiiman
superwiiman

This is the best game ever. It needs a trophy patch!!!

-another
-another

Clearly the game of 2008. Gratz to Kojima on his epic. MGS series are a highlight of gaming industries, and frankly no other game came close to the grandeur of MGS.

betterness16
betterness16

i loved the game... couldn't put it down once i started playing it... but I have to somewhat agree with mooglem4n, I don't know if it is game of the year worthy, it's definitely worthy of something... and I can't necessarily say I'd put another game before it, but still I was a little shocked when GS gave it a 10. I'd give it a 9, but a 10? Common, why are we so eager to give 10's away so fast these days.. cause we haven't had one in a while?? .. lol..oh idc.. give it a 10.. give it the game of the year... pointless comment? yea i think so, just like to make people think they're reading something worthwhile.. just kidding guys, I'm just bored. Writing calms my nerves, and relaxes me. thanks for listening. lol.

berkeley0
berkeley0

Game of the Year easily no one can beat this game not Halo, Gears, only probably God Of War

ReapersXXXGrim
ReapersXXXGrim

hey moogleman Hideo Kojima is selling Konami to another company and the story is continued by raiden and sonny im not sure if its true but it is a leak for metal gear solid 5 to be on its way to being created

avenger2089
avenger2089

ok moogleman your comment was pointless cause you were just whining about not being able to play raiden, if your gonna talk that long talk about the game in general.

m00glem4n
m00glem4n

am i the only one who was left disappointed by the game? im a huge fan of metal gear i absolutely loved the game. but mgs4 made me hate the series. dont get me wrong the visuals are amazing and cinematics and all that is sexy and i will never get over the final scene when the rays are climbing all over the battleship! but its just that. too much time watching cinematics. not to mention i kinda had a personal vendetta against solid snake since mgs2 because i fell in love with raiden right away and wasnt one of those guys who only liked raiden for his ninja suit! anyway my main point is i hated having slow snake and felt gipped because i was a fan of raiden right away and was kind of hoping we could play as him even with a side story because his story is just as interesting as the snakes if not more. ok game at best is my other point. game of the year? afraid not. so many other titles id rather see it go to like little big planet or fable 2. for the record im an owner of all three consoles and am not a fanboy of anything.

BuckGame
BuckGame

best Game OF 2008 if u want to join My clan in MEtal Gear ONLINE My Playstation ID is BuckGame and My clan is Team.Kissin.SIN T.K.S holla

Jon-X93
Jon-X93

congrats to kojima for their succes in MGS4 to me its the best game and worthy of Game of The Year 2008 I hope they release another title focusing on raiden that would be cool and besides they never said it was the last MGS game itrz just snakes last mission or maybe not u never know this happened in MGS2 SOP it was suppose to be the Last title but instead they continued

the3rdplace
the3rdplace

well said, da1writer ("MGS4 coming to 360" is like saying "mario galaxy coming to 360" or "halo3 coming to ps3"), great comment! i mean, common 360 fanboys, let the ps3 have their own games for once.

fmprodguy
fmprodguy

Do not slam a game you do not have, never played, and/or don't have the console for... Grow up fanboys, please.... get a life, they are free by the way.

Soul-gamer
Soul-gamer

A truly magnificent game, deserves its success.

MTMind2
MTMind2

cool. thanks da1writer. :-)

da1writer
da1writer

Sorry about that MTMind2, post edited immediately.

pinofalcione
pinofalcione

I hope they use some of that money and help feed the hungry!

JacobD1505
JacobD1505

Favorite game of the year for me (so far). I have to agree with MTMind2 on this one. And what a fun month this has been for gaming. Resistance 2 and Gears of War 2 was plenty for me...but now I have to hurry up for Mirrors Edge and Call of Duty.

MTMind2
MTMind2

@da1writer who says "Wow, I guess I was proven correct. As soon as I posted, the 360 owners came on and slammed this article." hey, dont lump everyone together please. im a 360 owner but i got ps3 as well. theres a difference between owners and fanboys mate. you should be talking about 360 fanboys not 360 owners, cause most 360 owners are not fanboys just like most ps3 owners are not fanboys.

da1writer
da1writer

Wow, I guess I was proven correct. As soon as I posted, the 360 fanboys came on and slammed this article. It makes me agree with corndawg69 and wonder, does 360 fanboys just have a personal vendetta when good news comes to PS3 owners (or such company's pertaining to the console)? I mean, don't 360 fanboys have good games already like Fable II, Gears 2, and their Halo series? Why do they want MGS4? It's one of the most successful PS3 titles that also sold consoles. With it's success and good reviews and talks, 360 fanboys changed their tune in saying the game sucks to , "oh, the game should be ported!" I don't get 360 fanboys... trudge a perfectly good article about MGS4's success on the PS3 right into the mud by saying , " Hope this game gets ported to 360 soon." Oh come off it already, don't turn this article into your playground 360 fanboys (which you seem to always do)! I can wish that Gears and Halo would come to my PS3 all I want but facts are facts and you can agree it would not feel right going unto a Sony console as well. It's just like saying Mario is coming to 360 and PS3, wishful thinking but it won't happen. Just let dead dogs lie and return this article the way it should be, In congratulating Kojima on a huge success of MGS4. Well, my 2 cents again, but I'm sure to be banned by Gamespot for my comment towards 360 fanboys as usual. Whatever, I'm off to play Dead Space anyway, hopefully I don't pee my pants again, that game is scary :)!

xdeiri
xdeiri

thingta42 yah but i doubt kojima is listening to his wallet , you can do nothing to a fan boy developer who prefers his home land console

ex-soldier777
ex-soldier777

i swear to god MGS4 is the best game and if any one make a better game ill kill them

J_Brigante
J_Brigante

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thewilyranger
thewilyranger

@Marked_Man If you really wanted to be technical it came out on the MSX2 not MSX one

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

when I get a ps3 I'll get this game first thing

Lach0121
Lach0121

i have always loved metal gear, and this was a great game, they all were really, even snakes revenge that was kinda???? but they were all good, great series in gaming.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

eh...I wasn't impressed with MGS4. I was never a fan of the series and I only got about 6hrs into MGS4 before I got bored. Maybe I'll finish it one day though

Marked_Man
Marked_Man

One last thing to the fanboys.If MGS4 is crap then why do you want it to get ported? Because you know your missing out on a great game so keep it real. @thewilyranger Metal Gear was originally on the MSX,not the NES.

thewilyranger
thewilyranger

@ mitchellmac in that case then Metal Gear and Final Fantasy should still be on Nintendo then....

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Well I'd sure hope that MGS4 was profitable for Konami.

nintendokid
nintendokid

rick7001: I can't tell if you're saying that with a smile or a frown. I'd have to guess a frown.

thingta42
thingta42

Companys dont listen to Fanboys they listen to there Wallets.

thingta42
thingta42

Resident Evil 4 Gamecube only game people was pissed? yeh some. Did it Make money? Yep it did. What did Capcom do? Port it to Wii,PS2,PC, Did it make more money? Yep it did

rick7001
rick7001

MGS4 is my main reason for owning a PS3

MissedTheBoat
MissedTheBoat

Well apparently MGS is a much bigger series in the US then it is in Japan.

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

well if they would stop doing PS3 exclusives they would probly be doing fine. they need to port ninja Gaiden Black to the Wii or make a Ninja Gaiden for the wii.

xdeiri
xdeiri

camilomf yah but you belong to the minority, cause 80 percent of us gamers or more prefers fps , so why the ps3 , this is just like saying that Japanese players are more interesting in fps instead of rpgs

MTMind2
MTMind2

@Beaf13 who says "Hideo said many, many times that he was not going to port MGS4 to the 360." true but, hideo never works on ports himself. so if konami decide its worth putting mgs4 on 360, it would be done by another team in konami. but your right saying its a lot of work so it might not be worth the effort, but we been surprised lots of times in gaming, like ff13, so nothing will surprise me anymore. so mgs4 on 360? who knows mate

Beaf13
Beaf13

Hideo said many, many times that he was not going to port MGS4 to the 360. They have utilizes the hardware of the PS3 fully, they would have to completely remake the game (sans storyline, obviously) and that is not something they are likely to do. It would be like trying to run Mac OSX on a computer built for Windows. While it's possible, they would have to modify a lot of the code, which isn't really worth the effort. (Edit. Or remake the system to conform to the software, which would make the 360 a PS3)

mitchellmac
mitchellmac

if they put msg4 on xbox i will smack bill gates! thats like saying hey lets put halo on ps3 or gears of war! i think games that were meant for their consoles should stay there, its not far! ORRRR just make every game for each, then no competition, the only thing xbox has going is their online, if sony made people pay it would be just as good, but being so nice they made it free so yeah!

shadowblade99
shadowblade99

If Konami is anything like Capcom, throw enough money at Konami and they will make this a multi console game. It'll be on the 360 eventually.

cooldude03
cooldude03

now that Konami got paid maybe they will update with some trophies.

toyota23
toyota23

Yea now i hope they will make another MGS game:)))) Go konami, and a contra game:)))

camilomf
camilomf

Hey xdeiri, since you're wondering why Americans are supporting the PS3 I can tell you that I, for one, get much much more playtime out of my ps3 than my 360. I'm not a sony fanboy (this is my first playstation AND xbox, if anything I'm biased towards nintendo, since I've been buying their systems for way longer), but I play my ps3 almost every day, and rarely touch my 360. That may be due to the fact that I'm not a big fps fan (omg!), and I feel like the 360's lineup is overwhelmingly fps's. Here's what I've (mostly) been playing: mgs4, little big planet (just bought it), ratchet and clank, eye of judgement, rockband, folklore, heavenly sword. And I have a 60gig ps3 and have also been playing some ps2 games (since this is my first playstation) like final fantasy XII. Also get some good playing time out of my Wii with mario galaxy, metroid prime, zack & wiki, zelda, mkart. The only 360 exclusive I've been interested in recently has been Mass Effect...

MTMind2
MTMind2

@Kenji_Masamune who says "remember, M$ has some weird and pretty shifty 'multi-disc' fee confirmed by Carmack himself" thats right kenji, thats why i think its technicaly possible to put mgs4 on 360 but may be to expensive to do. "(the 360 version is going to be severely gimped because of it)" not really cause carmack said it wont make too much difference, he said only if you stopped and got out ur car and looked at a rock or something, u might notice the ps3 version is sharper than the 360 one. but yeah, they would prefer 3 disks on 360 instead of two.

xdeiri
xdeiri

TenAkuma ? man what the hell are you talking about stop the story telling , the ps3 is selling in the us more than double the sales in japan ,its like 1 to 3 , and I am puzzle by this , why Americans are supporting ps3 more than x360 , the ps3 sales shows that more than 60 percent of ps3 are sold in the us, it may have one reason , yes you figure it out it is blu ray , they want full hd movies

Crystall3d
Crystall3d

i disagree with you keitha, current technology is on its limits and we are actually on the supporting side for the consoles , than entertaining our selves... it will take 5-10 years to achieve "a true upgrade" to our gaming hobbies including( head tracking HD vr goggles and motion capture gaming)so what can do is decide and support the company that we want to go with.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

remember, M$ has some weird and pretty shifty 'multi-disc' fee confirmed by Carmack himself when talking about bringing Rage on the to 360 and PS3 (the 360 version is going to be severely gimped because of it)

Keitha313
Keitha313

I understand were your coming from TenAkuma, But i dont honestly see the whole fanboyism thing ever stopping it is all about America vs Sony which is abit silly considering we're playing to be entertained not to support a console, That is people choice what they want to do best advice is let all their biased opinions fly right over your head as they dont really matter. And ooh yeh MGS4 has to be the best game ive ever played and ive played alot of games like GOW1/2 Halo3... Only real contender to it would be COD4 or the new COD coming out this week. I also reckon MGS4 should come out for the PC to boost sales.

TenAkuma
TenAkuma

I'm willing to bet a few bucks that all these folks criticizing MGS4 for being a "boring movie" or something of the sort never even played the game--or own a PS3. Stop with the fake reviews, people. Sheesh. If the game ever did get ported to the 360, these same people would buy it and love it (though their pride will only allow most of them to say, "It actually was pretty good."). And on the topic of porting it to the 360--I'm sure it can be done. The 360 is going to allow full game installs. Of course, a 50 GB install is going to be a bit troublesome for most 360 owners, but I'm sure they'll have newer SKUs with bigger hard drives by the time MGS4 gets ported (though I'm guessing it never will). As to the total number of sales of MGS4--of course it doesn't sell as much as super-hyped games on the 360. The 360 has a huge install base. A lot of Americans love their native console. It's all about nationalism. That's why internationally the PS3 is the favorite--because everyone has some sort of disdain for Americans. Haha. Just kidding... maybe. Actually, I guess if you love the first class shooters of the 360 (Halo and Gears), the 360 definitely was the way to go. But it looks like the story-centric games that also happen to have good gameplay go to the PS3 (MGS4 and Uncharted). I have to say, Gears is a good co-op campaign shooter that PS3 folks are missing out on (Halo 3's campaign was pretty lame). But 360 folks are definitely missing out on some good games as well. PS3 folks get their shooter fill with the decent first-party Resistance franchise, and they also get the (what I consider to be) #1 FPS in Call of Duty, anyway (making Halo very obsolete). In the end, it's the rich folks with both consoles (AND the Wii and an awesome PC) that are the real winners here.

FFXIII360
FFXIII360

The game was more of a boring anime movie