Metal Gear Series Has Sold 60 Million Copies

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It was revealed today by Konami that the legendary franchise, Metal Gear, has surpassed 60 million lifetime sales since it was first launched in July 1987. This figure was revealed as part of a corporate update document that summed up all of Konami’s leading franchises, including eFootball (formally Pro Evolution Soccer), which has reportedly shifted 700 million copies since 1995.

Metal Gear is arguably one of the greatest gaming franchises of all time, boasting seventeen titles across seven generations of home consoles. It has been on something of a hiatus since 2018’s Metal Gear Survive was released to a paltry reception, but there’s a remake on the way of one of the series’ most popular releases that’ll likely become a bestseller once again.

Metal Gear Is Just Legendary

From the storytelling to the bizarre chronology and from the memorable characters to the intense gameplay, Metal Gear truly is a remarkable franchise. It’s a saga that spans 54 years, telling a multi-faceted tale that’s explored through challenging combat sequences, incredible environments, and heart-pounding stealth scenes.

Today, Konami revealed that the series has sold 60 million copies since it was first introduced 36 years ago. That’s a massive figure, even if it doesn’t come close to touching the sales figures of some of the most popular games in the world.

Sadly, the franchise took a turn for the worse in 2015 following the launch of MGS V: The Phantom Pain. It happened around the time that Hideo Kojima, a legend of gaming development and the creator of Metal Gear, left Konami. He went, but Metal Gear stayed, and following MGSV, Metal Gear Survive was released – and everyone promptly hated it.

Now, the world looks to the impending release of Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater. It’s a full-fledged remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, a PS2-era title that’s often considered to be the best game in the series.

Are you excited about Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater?

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