In its financial earnings call for the quarter, Konami revealed its sales figures for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. As expected, the game found a much larger attachment rate among its traditional PlayStation fanbase than it did with the Xbox One’s.
Roughly three times as many people bought the PlayStation 4 version of the game as the Xbox One, showing that the series still has a firm home on Sony platforms. The fact that PlayStation 4 has also been outselling the Xbox One on similar ratio also might have something to do with it.
Konami reports a ¥48.61 billion ($472.6 million) in total revenue for the Q1 of this year, a jump of ¥1.36 billion ($13.2 million) over last year’s first quarter.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise sold 570,000 units total over last year’s 190,000. However, the major boost in revenue came from the ¥3.5 billion ($34 million) generated by Konami’s pachinko business, which climbed 400 percent.
Overall, Konami posted ¥220 billion ($2.2 billion) in revenue for the entire financial year, a 1.1 percent rise over last year. The sad part is that it is doing it without its traditional game development, only focusing on a single franchise and other ventures like pachinko, free-to-play mobile games, trading cards, and health clubs.
No hopes for Contra, no hopes or plans for a decent Castlevania. Still no sign of Suikoden II on PSN or another new entry in the series. Zone of the Enders? Silent Hill? Goemon? Gradius? …Azure Dreams?
I’m glad that you are still supporting Metal Gear Solid with such furor, Konami. But has traditional game development really fallen out of style that much?