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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain had biggest UK launch in series’ history

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain tops the UK sales charts with the biggest launch in franchise history.

The Phantom Pain seems to be going down pretty well, having launched to higher UK sales than any title in the series so far.

Hideo Kojima’s swansong trumped the opening sales of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty by roughly 37 per cent, which launched back in 2001 for the PS2.

However the sales of Phantom Pain were not enough the top The Witcher 3 or Batman: Arkham Knight, earning Metal Gear Solid 5 the third biggest launch of the year so far.

72 percent of MGS5 sales were on PS4, 22 percent were sold on Xbox One with PS3 and Xbox 360 picking up the remaining 5 percent.

In 2014, total sales for the Metal Gear franchise reached a total of 39 million. We’ve no doubt that The Phantom Pain will push this number even further, especially with a multiplatform release.

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Last week’s other big release, Mad Max, placed second in the UK sales charts this week.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Until Dawn and Disney Infinity 3.0 round up the top 5.

  1. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  2. Mad Max
  3. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  4. Until Dawn
  5. Disney Infinity 3.0
  6. GTA 5
  7. Lego Jurassic World
  8. Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
  9. Minecraft: Xbox Edition
  10. Batman: Arkham Knight

Metal Gear Solid 5 will be the last game in the series to be developed by Kojima Productions and directed by series’ mastermind, Hideo Kojima.

Kojima is set to leave the company now Metal Gear Solid 5 is complete, as Konami plans to hire a new development team for future games.

Yesterday, Konami warned of a save data corruption bug that may occur if you use Quiet on certain missions.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is now available for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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