Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has shipped 5 million copies

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has shipped five million copies worldwide since its release on September 1 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, Konami has announced.

Speaking during its latest financial report covering the first six months of the year, the Japanese publisher confirmed that the stealth-action title—the last to be directed series creator, Hideo Kojima—-achieved the figure during its first month on sale, and includes digital sales. 

Overall, Konami has had a pretty successful 2015 so far, posting an overall net profit of 7.8 billion yen, which is almost double over the same period last year. In addition, the firm’s Digital Entertainment division generated 51.7 billion yen during the six month period, an increase from the 44 billion posted last year.

The Phantom Pain takes place nine years after the events of its predecessor, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, as Big Boss, aka Punished Snake, embarks on a mission to Afghanistan to seek revenge on those responsible for the attack on Mother Base and also put him in a coma for nearly a decade. The Phantom Pain features a number of classic characters from the venerable franchise, including Ocelot, Kazuhira Miller, and Huey Emmerich, and features a massive open-world for players to explore, allowing them to tackle missions however they see fit. 


The game is Kojima-san’s final Metal Gear title after a highly publicised falling out between the developer and his bosses at Konami. Despite this, he has insisted he will continue creating games for the rest of his life, and has ‘no regrets‘ over any events that have transpired during The Phantom Pain’s development. Konami has said that the franchise can continue without Kojima-san’s involvement, although nothing official has been announced in regards to future instalments in the series. Read our full review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain if you haven’t already done so.