Final Fantasy 16 might be a hit with fans and critics but it turns out the sales aren’t there. Despite Square Enix previously saying the RPG was a hit, they are now saying the game didn’t meet their expectations.
As reported by Bloomberg (via Destructoid), Square Enix President Takashi Kiryu told analysts the action RPG didn’t meet their expectations. This was blamed at the PlayStation 5 and its “limiting” install base, as most of the public still don’t have the current-gen system.
It was previously stated that Final Fantasy 16 didn’t sell well in Japan. While the RPG did sell 3 million units around its launch, that hasn’t resulted in profit for Square Enix. Although not a failure, the game’s middling sales won’t cover the cost of its development, at least not yet.
Gamers who have followed Square Enix in recent years know that the company’s expectations can be a bit much. The company considered titles like Tomb Raider and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy disappointing as well. Tomb Raider sold 3.4 million copies while Guardians never had its sales shared by Square Enix.
Now that Final Fantasy 16 isn’t the PS5 needle mover many expected, Square Enix’s recent move to branch out to other systems makes more sense. Microsoft recently announced that the hit MMORPG Final Fantasy 14 will be coming to Xbox Series systems soon. Fans are also expecting a PC port of FF16 to come out in the near future.
Despite being a hit with critics and some fans, the 16th installment also has its fair share of critics. There was some debate on whether or not this entry was an actual RPG, due to the focus on action. Producer Yoshi-P even detailed some of his interactions with these toxic fans.
Even with all of that negativity, Final Fantasy 16 isn’t a complete bomb. Middling sales aside, the positive reaction this game has gotten from fans has led to discussions about possible DLC.