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Metal Gear Solid series has sold nearly 50 million copies

Speaking in its latest financial report, Konami announced that the Metal Gear Solid franchise has sold approximately 49.2 million copies worldwide as of March 31, 2016.

The most recent entry in the stealth-action series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, hit six million copies shipped back in January 2016 following its September 2015 launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Definitive Ex was recently listed on Amazon, indicating Konami plans on launching a bundle of some kind, possibly combining both Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain into one. 

Creator Hideo Kojima departed Konami late last year following a highly-publicised falling out. He’s seen gone on to establish his own independent branch of Kojima Productions, which is currently working on its debut project: the PS4-exclusive Death Stranding.

Kojima-san has been involved with Metal Gear since the series’ inception in the late 80s on the MSX. Despite claiming he was done with the series after Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and again with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima-san went on to develop a number of new titles in the series before he jumped ship. 

Metal Gear Solid 6 possible, says Konami

The future of the series remains ambiguous now that Kojima-san has moved on, although Konami has suggested that Metal Gear Solid 6 could happen without him. However, the publishing has said that it will require a significant investment should it happen. 

Prior to that, it had been reported that the industry giant was putting the kibosh on triple-A development. Konami quickly denied this, stating it aims to develop more entries in franchises such as Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid.

Read our review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on PS4.