After being in development for a little over a decade, as it was announced at E3 2006, Final Fantasy XV was released yesterday and to Square Enix’s delight over 5 million copies sold on the first day. This makes it the fastest-selling game in the series so far. Though this number applies to those sold to retailers and does not necessarily take into account how many have actually been purchased by customers. This number is in part to its first simultaneous global release.
But, as reviews flood in, the game’s success seems understandable with its push for better graphics, smoother gameplay, and quality character interaction. Final Fantasy XV also broke the record for the number of digital downloads on the day of release in Japan. And many places have already sold out of the Ultimate Collector’s edition as well as the Deluxe version of the game. This has put the game well on it’s way to the studio’s previously stated goal of selling 10 million copies. That said, it is believed that Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X passed this goal.
The company will understandably not state how many copies they need to sell to turn a profit, but their investment was obviously quite large; they even made a free to watch anime series on Youtube to help promote it. It currently has five episodes totaling a little over an hour and ten minutes. And they released the full length movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV back in August.
The company also hope to grow sale of their season pass which currently includes six pieces of DLC. The booster pack adds additional weapons. The holiday pack includes some decorative aesthetic items. Episodes Gladio, Ignis, and Prompto, let players use each character in their respective episodes. And the expansion pack has not been detailed.
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