Hideo Kojima

Konami has released its financial reports for the most recent fiscal quarter, and you’d be surprised to learn that it even mentions video games. However, it’s true. Konami has devoted a few lines, in between its health, gym, and pachinko results, to mention that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has sold 6 million units to date. The game, developed by Hideo Kojima, is the only major video game mentioned in the entire report, unless you want to count Yu-Gi-Oh as still being relevant.

You have to wonder if 6 million is enough to call the game a success. I remember when the Tomb Raider reboot launched to 5 million copies, and Square Enix called it a flop. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was developed by two studios in two different countries with an enormous staff, the MVP of game directors, and a proprietary, high-end graphics engine.

Plus, much of the fallout between Kojima and Konami stemmed from the auteur ignoring budgetary limits, signalling this took a lot more to make than the average AAA release.

Is 6 million enough to call it a success? Do we even want his game to be a success? If Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain proves to be a dud in the long run, maybe Konami will think twice before continuing the franchise without its famed director.