So, how many copies do you think Final Fantasy XIII sold?
According to the game's producer, Yoshinori Kitase, the game was a definite commercial success , shifting over 6 million copies. This is a little ironic because several years ago, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada said the company's goal for FFXIII was, in fact, 6 million. Said Kitase:
"If we were going to make a numbered title, obviously we’d have to make it from scratch, and that takes a really long time. Final Fantasy XIII only came out in March of last year, so literally only over a year, so it’s quite a short turnaround. Because Final Fantasy XIII has been so popular, we’ve also enjoyed commercial success – shifting over 6 million copies – so instead of taking a long time to make a new Final Fantasy title, we wanted to make a direct sequel."
So that's why they wanted to produce another FF title so quickly. We keep thinking they believe an annual installment rate for their flagship franchise will somehow erase the publisher's financial woes. But hey, the developers supposedly took fan feedback into account for FFXIII-2, so maybe that'll sell 8 million. Who knows?
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII