One would think the numbers were clear. One would think they'd be more than sufficient to send a clear and unambiguous message to Square Enix.
But of course, one would be wrong because no matter how clear that message is, this is one publisher that just can't understand it.
According to recent reports , Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII didn't exactly debut with a bang in Japan. The game released in November and thus far, it has only managed to sell about 277,000 units. That may sound relatively impressive but when you consider the decline, it's really pretty pathetic. Let's see if we can break this down so a child can understand:
Final Fantasy XIII launched exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in Japan in December 2009. At the time, there was only a fraction of the PS3 units available now, and FFXIII still sold 3 million copies in its opening weeks.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 released in 2011 in Japan and even with a simultaneous multiplatform launch and more PS3s floating around, it sold barely half of its predecessor, coming in at about 1.5 million units.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII comes out, with more PS3s than ever in Japan, and the game sells 277,000 to kick things off. Yay.
Now, if someone would please explain to me how and why Square Enix persists in running this once-vaunted and beloved franchise into the ground, I'd love to hear it. I've long since stopped trying to come up with a logical explanation. It's just so irrational from seemingly every possible standpoint that it boggles the mind. I wouldn't be surprised if Final Fantasy XV marked a further decline. See, we always wanted role-playing games .
How, how can one possibly misinterpret those sales results?
Related Game(s): Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII