Metal Gear Solid series sales hit 33 million

Hideo Kojima's stealth-action franchise reaches new sales milestone.

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More than 33 million Metal Gear Solid games have been sold to date, Konami announced today. This figure is up from the 31 million units announced during March 2012.

By comparison, the Halo franchise has sold 50 million units, while the FIFA and Call of Duty franchises have each sold more than 100 million copies each. The Madden NFL series has moved 99 million units.

Gamers who wish to get up to speed before Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes can pick up the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection this June.

This comprehensive compilation pack includes a handful of installments in the series ranging from the original Metal Gear Solid to 2010's Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Discussion

115 comments
Elann2008
Elann2008

So... just Metal Gear Solid games?  Not the PSP titles and Metal Gear Rising?  How about the MGS HD collection?

They should have been more specific.  If you're factoring in all the Metal Gear games, that isn't much.  If it's just the Metal Gear Solid games, that isn't too bad but it deserves more sales.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

thats cool....good for konami and kojima

legoislandfan
legoislandfan

A nice milestone to follow on from the 20th anniversary. :)

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

played mgs 4 without prior experience with franchise. could'nt get what was hype about. then when mgs hd collection came out, started with mgs 1. have to say its OMG awesome. still to play mgs 3 and mgs pw.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

Are they counting the mildly "interactive" movie known as Metal Gear Solid 4?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Newsflash: Accessible shit sells better than games with complex stories.

boosey36
boosey36

Not to be bashing on my beloved MGS series but in all do honestly there has been more MGS games released (and re-releases & including not canon games) than COD games...

But still 33million is an amazing number as most people really only know 1 to 4

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

Glad MGS hasn't shifted 100m+ copies lest it be thrown in the cauldron of casual gamers, micro transaction and yearly releases. 33m is well deserved

BrunoFurstBrito
BrunoFurstBrito

100 million copies is quite impressive for a series that isn't 10 years old yet. Just like its core audience.

sket1234
sket1234

33Million people have to the brains and interlect to follow the story 

100 Million Have No Brains 

Otherwise Who Would Spend £40 On The Same Game Each Year COD is the same basic crap different maps 

steelmouth
steelmouth

lol now why they goner shit on MGS why mentioning franchises that sold way more than it,

Prime_28
Prime_28

Mario Kart Wii alone sold over 34 mil

trustkill3r
trustkill3r

kojima is rich.... I HOPE

grt game man.... love forever

Queuing_is_back
Queuing_is_back

@Branden_Lucero

Your point is irrelevant since only 4 War games were released on consoles. The others (Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta) were portable games which were ported over to consoles.

4 War games in 8 years. Awesome.

8 Halo games in 11 years. Awful.

P.S. I could easily talk about the awfulness of Halo: Wars and ODST. Oops, I just did. Shame, that's what happens when you "milk" a cow for too long... poor cow... it's running on empty. :D

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

It deserves so much more... Can't freaking wait for MGS V!

olegavi323
olegavi323

100 mil for the COD series.. its a sad day for the gaming industry :(

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

Glad to have contributed to that.


Thank you Kojima-san!

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

They should add Portable Ops as DLC for the Legacy Collection- not including it to begin with was kind of an oversight. Either that, or Hideo should come right out and say it isn't a true part of the story (which is a shame, because that is the game that has Grey Fox's origin!) 

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I'm mad that I wasted my money with the HD Collection. Because now I really want to buy this. God dammit.

Zack_Gaito
Zack_Gaito

CoD and FIFA are always multiplatformed, nuff said

jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

Considering how many more each CoD's, Maddens and FIFA games there are compared to MGS. The sells aren't impressive. Quality of quantity, keep up the great work Kojima.

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

Lets get one thing strait, that's 33 million games sold with each installment in the series offering something generally new, with adequate development time. MGS is known for great stories and strong game play. COD, Madden, FIFA, and HALO take an old horse and ride that son of a gun and feed it to consumers year after year. They sell more boxes simply because they release a major installment every year. MGS should never be in the same category as these cookie cutter games.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@vaibhavp MGS 3 substance is phenomenal. One of the best games ever created.

mamalol123
mamalol123

@boosey36 there are around 8 cannon games which are : MG , MG2 Solid Snake, MGS, MGS 2, MGS3, MGS Portable Ops, MGS 4, MGS PW.

1 remake : MGS The Twin Snakes (remake of MGS 1). 2 spinoffs, MGR Revengance and Metal Gear AC!D (2games for AC!D).

2 collections in total, MGS Essentials (PS2) and MGS HD Collection, and now the Legacy collection is the 3rd. so the overall count of MG games (not including collections and remakes) is 11 games in 25 years. while CoD released 18 games (19 including the only big expansion) in the course of 9 years!

ck10304
ck10304

@sket1234 Lots of people would have bought both, even people with interlect sometimes like to play an arcade shooter and ignoring the lameness of the number of CODs released, it is still a fun competitive shooter

AlkaPorty
AlkaPorty

 That's all what Activision does, look at Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Guitar Hero and lame movie-based games. When they stop selling they just kill the series, they are just marketing whores laughing at the face of customers.
And even that... it's mean for the whores who actually work harder than they do.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@steelmouth Yeah, it's like saying "This is all very good, but not as good as *these* franchises". Should we also compare every movie's success to Avatar? Every book's success to the Bible? You can't help that some things  have large, dedicated (crazy?) fanbases. That's especially true with the Bible, they've been selling the same product for like 2000 years, CoD ain't got nothing on that.

boosey36
boosey36

Hmmm I disagree on halo wars. I though that was quite fun to be frank I preferred that more than any halo bungie done

Branden_Lucero
Branden_Lucero

@Queuing_is_back 

no, wrong on every account, as chains of a olympus, and ghosts of sparta are BOTH chronological, regardless of platform. but apparently, "portable games" are NEVER apart of the series' universe right? that's like eliminating the Kingdom Hearts games on portable platform, and saying that there are only two games in the series on console. 

steelmouth
steelmouth

@Queuing_is_back hi hi hi you did hear of a lil game called Halo 4 right? if you heared of it you would know that poor cow still got plenty milk

Branden_Lucero
Branden_Lucero

@MaskRisen 

PAHlease, there are more god of war games in a shorter amount of time than there were Halo, yet Halo is always gets the finger pointed at them for being "milked". 

God of War: 7 games, 8 years
Halo: 7 games, 11 years. 

boosey36
boosey36

1 metal gear

2 snakes revenge

3 metal gear 2 solid snake

4 metal gear solid

5 metal gear ghost babel

6 metal gear solid 2

7 metal gear solid the twin snakes (remake)

8 metal gear solid 3 snake eater

9 metal gear acid

10 acid 2

11 mgs portable ops

12 mgs portable ops +

13 metal gear solid mobile

14 mgs 4

15 peace walker

16 hd collection

17 snake eater 3d

18 metal gear rising

I'm talking about tangible games ones where u can buy them from a store they all account to sales at the end of the day

Not a cod fan I hate the game but all I'm saying is metal gear has about the same amount of games out I've also missed the 2 acid mobile games and social ops off that list as they was not world wide release

Zack_Gaito
Zack_Gaito

@leviathanwing i know MGS series is multiplatform, but not always. I'm a PC gamer so i can only play MGS and MGS2.

raiden-94
raiden-94

@Branden_Lucero God of War: only 4 major ps3 games. If you want to count spinoffs, thats your problem. They were developed by different developers.

Halo: 7 games, all of them are major 360 titles.

jediapprentice
jediapprentice

@Branden_Lucero  Microsoft has admitted to milking the series ever since the release of Halo Wars. There would be alot more Halo games if Microsoft ever released a handheld device. All 7 Halo games are console games, while 4 of the 7 God of War games are console games. When it comes to consoles releases, Halo has been milked more.

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

@Branden_Lucero Last time I checked, all of those games didn't come out for the same console. When they quote these figures, I'm pretty sure these figures are used to reflect the sales of major installments for home consoles that make up the bulk of the game sales. God of War 1,2, and 3 are major installments. You wanna talk about Halo? from 2000 to 2008 3 game were released; Halo 1, 2 and 3. From 2009 to 2013 5 games came out for xbox consoles. from 2005 to 2010 3 games came out, 2 for Ps2, 1 for Ps3, and another 3 years later. Which has the better development path for recent game history? 

mamalol123
mamalol123

@boosey36 true, but i don't consider MGS Twin Snakes or MGS Snake Eater 3D or the HD collection are games, sure the account to the total sales, but they are just the game being sold again for a different platform. and don't you dare mention Snake's Revenge ! :)

Branden_Lucero
Branden_Lucero

@raiden-94 @Branden_Lucero no, wrong again. you can deny it all you want, but Ghosts of Sparta AND Chains of Olympus ARE chronologically set in the God of Wars timeline. platform DOESNT matter. that's like eliminating Kingdom Hearts games on portable, despite their titles ALSO being chronological, and saying there are only 2 games in the  series. 

jediapprentice
jediapprentice

@Branden_Lucero @jediapprentice If Sony stuck to console development like Microsoft has done, then there would only be 4 God of War games. Their are alot of people even fans of the series, who have never played the handheld games and probably never will. Do to the fact that their non-essential pieces of the overall canon, which is why they are handheld releases and not console.

DarkScarface
DarkScarface

@Branden_Lucero @jediapprentice 

Well put, they cannot deny the facts, and clearly they dont play halo because if they did they would see the big difference between each game and especially halo 4.

Branden_Lucero
Branden_Lucero

@jediapprentice @Branden_Lucero 

it doesnt matter, because all 7 god of war games as well as all 7 Halo games, are chronological. if they were spin offs, i wouldnt include them, but since they ARE apart of the series' universe in that sense, they get included regardless. number of platforms dont matter. 

Branden_Lucero
Branden_Lucero



no, Halo 1 started in 2001 and ended in 2007 as far as the "original trilogy goes" 6 years 3 games

God of War started in 2005 and ended in 2010 as far as "original trilogy goes".  5 years 3 games

in the mean time, Halo Wars and 3: ODST released in 2009, bringing the total up to 5 games in 8 years. 

in the mean time, shortly after God of War 2 came out  Betrayal, which would "Actually" bring it up to 4 games in 5 years. 

in the mean time, yet ANOTHER God of War game [Chains of Olympus] the following year of God of War 2, putting it "at the time", 4 games in 3 years. so by the time God of War 3 came out, that already puts it at 5 games in 5 years.

and in the next 3 years, 2 more God of War games have surfaced, while in the next 3 years, 2 more Halo games surfaced. 

7 in 11 and 7 in 8. 


Branden_Lucero
Branden_Lucero

@iandavidvinoya @Branden_Lucero 

No one had to, just proving the fact that Halo always gets the fingers pointed to them, in fact. if we were to "minus" Halo Wars for being an RTS, that would bring it to 6 games in 11 years, and take out Betrayal in God of War, which is a mobile game, and that's till 6 in 8.