It’s the financial reporting season, and everyone is hoping to show a good face in front of potential investors. Konami is one such company that has to make use of whatever goodwill they can possibly manufacture before Hideo Kojima is allowed to officially confirm his departure for the company. Although it’s not blaring prominently from the cover of the report, in the Digital Entertainment section of the Konami FY 2016 2nd quarter financial results Konami reports that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has shipped at least 5 million units worldwide.
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Of course, it’s not Konami’s most important summary point in the section, being pre-empted by the fact that the Japanese games publisher provided 17 million downloads of “Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu” in the eleven months since its launch. It’s a true lede burial, as posted right after is the fact that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain shipped 5 million units, including game downloads. More interestingly, there are no major console games in the release pipeline for Konami heading into Spring 2016, with the exception of the aforementioned Puroyakyu title getting a PS4, PS3 and PS Vita port.
If anything, the Konami financial report provides questions as to why they would seemingly drop major games production on consoles. The 12.7 Billion Yen segment profit saw a 5.3 Billion Yen improvement from the same six-month period from last year, which damn near sextupled the profits brought in from Konami game cabinets and Pachinko slots. It makes the loss of Hideo Kojima and his involvement on the future beyond Metal Gear Solid V and Silent Hills that much more head-shakingly disappointing.