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MGSV: The Phantom Pain ships over 3 million copies

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Several Japanese websites posted an advertisement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that shows Konami shipped 3 million units worldwide. The Phantom Pain released just a week ago, so the figure should increase over the next few weeks. Konami is still a long way from breaking even with the $80 million development costs for the game.

Metal Gear Solid IV also hit the 3 million units sold launch week figure, but with the big difference that it was a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; so it's performing worse than MGSIV.

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“Cumulative worldwide shipments: three million copies breakthrough.”

According to Forbes Konami has to sell at least 5 million Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain copies just to break even. The 80 million development cost doesn't make The Phantom Pain the most expensive video game ever developed, that honor goes to Destiny ($140 million), but it is concerning when you think about how many game studios have closed over the last few years.

Forbes highlights the problem:

When big budget games don’t or take a long time to make their money back, publishers tend to pull the plug on studios.

This is bad for gaming and gamers alike.

In the last decade we’ve already lost a huge amount of developers from the industry and that has resulted in a wave of risk averse functionally standardized big budget failures, which in turn has fed into this dangerous downward spiral for console game production. In the case of Konami that trigger has already been pulled, again likely based off a long-running trend of big budget games that didn’t sell like they were required to.

So when games like this are praised without acknowledging the cost, the conflation is an oddly caustic and damaging one."

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