Hmm…is Square Enix not quite as certain this time around? I thought they were all aboard the sequel train.

According to retail blog Sinobi (and as translated by Andriasang ), Square Enix plans to ship 1 million units of Final Fantasy XIII-2 on launch day in Japan (December 17). Now, that's not the significant part, not by a long shot.

What seems to be significant to us is the direct comparison to FFXIII. As stated in the article, if the 1 million shipped number is accurate, that would only be a bit more than half the FFXIII initial shipment. Square Enix announced they shipped 1.8 million copies of FFXIII in December 2009, which was pretty damn impressive at the time. So the sequel launches during the same time of year two years later, with more PS3s out there…and Japan gets a much smaller shipment when compared to the game's predecessor? Why?

Oh, we won't bother to speculate. You guys can do that.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2

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Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I hope this game bombs

(I'm buying it on Day1)

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
9 years ago

xDDD

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

Wada… I… Do not even..
Meanwhile at SE HQ:

Wada: How do I money?
Toriyama: You sell my game, make Nomura wait.
Kitase: I start ruining FF7 nao, kbye.
Wada: Do we send more or less than FF13?
Toriyama: …. LESS! It's the perfect marketing ploy!

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Not surprising, really. No FF direct sequel or spinoff has sold as well as it's predecessor. There are lots of FFXIII new copies still around, too. I can find lots of them at every retailer I go to. Everything. From Walmart to Gamestop to even Amazon. They all have brand new copies at cheap pricing.

Doesn't necessarily mean anything bad. But it is a supply/demand type thing.

pillz81
pillz81
9 years ago

I read early 2010 reports that Japanese retailers slashed the price of new copies to around half of its initial price after the first month. It was either because (1) retailers ordered too many copies, (2) the fact that the resale rate may have been unusually high, which was reflected in 16% buyback value of (3) both.
IMO it looks like people didn't care to keep the game once they finished it, if they finished it at all.

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
9 years ago

They want less people dissapointed

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

this made me giggle

GuardianMode
GuardianMode
9 years ago

Its quite simple,really. FFXIII burned the hardcore RPGer. They know what to expect and avoid. Lets face it,the last game was not a RPG. It was a Action Platformer with RPG elements. Remember that old saying…..Fool me once………….

___________
___________
9 years ago

maybe, just maybe, they have finally seen the light!
nah, who am i kidding?
not even the power of 100 super novas would be bright enough to get through their thick skulls!

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I like this comment.

Did you intend to refer to Sephiroths big attack in FFVII? If so, bravo.

___________
___________
9 years ago

no, that was pure coincidence…….

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Oh… well, either way, it's 100% applicable!

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

Let me see here. FFX sold 6.6 million copies while its direct sequel FFX-2 sold 3.8 million copies. Maybe Square thinks direct FF sequels sell less based on their experience. Plus, unless they have been hiding under a rock they know some gamers were not entirely happy with FF13. I'm pretty sure they know a direct sequel to FF13 will not sell as well.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Square Enix was not necessarily anticipating FFX-2 to sell that much less. Day one shipments weren't much different compared to FFX.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Famitsu gave XIII-2 40/40, which interestingly is higher than what XIII got (39/40). The only other games to get that score this year are Zelda and Skyrim.

I don't think it will win over people who disliked XIII, they're just going to be too stuborn now, but both reviews I have heard so far gave it a perfect score. I am a little skeptical, mainly due to Serah being the lead character, DLC and QTE's but maybe they have pulled it off. we'll have to wait and see i guess.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

There aren't many people who disliked FFXIII.

Gravelight
Gravelight
9 years ago

I shared a former link of the last post from psxextreme, about FFXIII-2 discussion with all the hardcore comments about FF failing, with Square's official website. I sent the link to the staff for them to read and maybe they did…hopefully. If they stay in tune with this site's posts, maybe they'll make some good changes. I think it was the same post that dissed one of their director's performance, lol.