The Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD collection is making the news rounds lately as you might have noticed, and I don't think I've seen such excitement over an HD overhaul before.
Maybe it's because Square-Enix is pulling out all the stops with their graphical overhaul , audio remastering, and extra content . It could also have something to do with a lot of fans feeling starved of their favorite gameplay style. As the hype train keeps on rolling toward the Tokyo Game Show when more of the titles will be shown all we can say for certain is that it will be a success.
Over the course of this generation the digital release of the PS1 era Final Fantasy games managed to make many top seller lists even without any visual or audio improvements. We may not be privy to those sales numbers, but they have got to be impressive for some old games.
Speaking of this generation, the latest entry in the series outside of the MMO world is due soon. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is coming February 11th of next year. Final Fantasy XIII-2 sold less than half the copies its predecessor did and some might argue that was because of the changes gamers encountered in XIII . Lightning Returns appears to be making even bigger changes than XIII did, so what happens if those sales take another dive?
Final Fantasy X sold many more copies on one console than XIII did on two. What I'm wondering is, what would it tell Square-Enix if Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD actually outsold Lightning Returns ? Would that just tell them that fans of FFX were happy to experience the game again and that fact has no bearing on the current direction of the series? Or could it tell them that fans of the older gameplay style are still here and hoping for more? Maybe I think too much, maybe I need to remind myself that this is Square-Enix we are talking about and it probably wouldn't tell them anything if it does happen.
What would it tell you if FFX/X-2 HD outsold Lightning Returns ?