Something of a fantasy?
Update: A Square Enix representative provided the following statement to IGN:
“We’d like to make a comment on the news reports that state Hajime Tabata, Director of Final Fantasy XV, commented that Final Fantasy XV needed to sell 10 million copies to recoup the investment at the press conference held yesterday in LA.
We believe there was a communication problem during the conference. In fact, Tabata was referencing 10 million copies only as a high goal which the development team set to realize their ambition to make the ultimate Final Fantasy game. And the comment was never meant to be referred as a recoup line of the investment.”
Original story follows:
According to director, Hajime Tabata, Final Fantasy XV has to sell 10 million copies over its lifespan to make back the money put into the game (presumably as well as its accompanying movie, anime series and mobile games).
As reported by Kotaku UK, Tabata used a press conference to announce the figure. As of last year, the only game in the series to have sold over 10 million copies is Final Fantasy VII, which has sold 11 million across its PlayStation, PSN re-release, PC, and iOS versions.
Final Fantasy XV was recently given a September 30 release date on PS4 and Xbox One, making it more than 10 years between the game’s first announcement (under its original title, Final Fantasy Versus XIII) and its release.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he’s waited 10 years to make this announcement – “I am quite happy today”. Follow him on Twitter.