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Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII Shifted Over 6 Million Copies
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Final Fantasy XIII might not have been a huge hit with JRPG fans the world over, but speaking to X360A at E3 recently about next year’s Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Producer Yoshinori Kitase, told us that the title had enjoyed “commercial success” and sold over 6 million copies to date.

Back in 2009, Square Enix CEO, Yoichi Wada, made it clear that the company was expecting Final Fantasy XIII to sell 6 million units worldwide and when Kitase was talking about why they decided to go with a direct sequel, he mentioned that the company reached that goal.

“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,” said Kitase. “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.”

Final Fantasy XIII-2 according to both Kitase and Final Fantasy Director, Motomu Toriyama, has been created with fan and critic feedback in mind and although FFXIII wasn’t a critical success, it clearly has the sales figures to back it up. Square Enix are obviously looking for both this time around.

Check back later on in the week for the full interview with Kitase and Toriyama, where we talk all things Final Fantasy XIII-2.




 
 

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Comment #1 by SpaceRazzer
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:24:16 AM
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I bought it kinda late.
It was my first Final Fantasy game I've ever played.
And it was ok. Though very repetitive fight at the beginning.


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Comment #2 by Spandex Stiffy
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:28:08 AM
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Square Enix needs to reconnect with gamers. They've lost their way. From the interviews I've read, they're coming back with XIII-2 to try to get some emergency capital together. Hopefully, Deus Ex will be a return to form for them.


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Comment #3 by FiNaL MaKo
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:28:37 AM
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Maybe now they can make their first good game in a decade with all the money they're rolling around in.


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Comment #4 by ShadowStefan
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:29:33 AM
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Well, I loved Final Fantasy XIII and I've played many titles of the series.
But I will also love the more free gameplay they are promising for FFXIII-2. ;)


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Comment #5 by H0p3sfalL
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:29:39 AM
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great news for the FF fans.


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Comment #6 by HushyPuppyDoggy
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:35:25 AM
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Worst Final Fantasy Game Ever gets a sequel? WoW.. Well done SquareEnix


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Comment #7 by Smurfboy
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:39:31 AM
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Awesome. I haven't bought it yet but am planning to.


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Comment #8 by daviduk2000
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:42:33 AM
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they forgot to mention its much Cheaper for them aswell.


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Comment #9 by Opiate42
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:43:24 AM
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It was fun, didn't buy it right away when it was released but enjoyed it even with it's flaws. Pumped well over 120 hours into the game and very interested in the sequel when it's released.


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Comment #10 by Jeroenman
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:46:12 AM
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they have to release just 1 old FF for xbla to get 360 gamers exited for the next ff.
Or just remake 7,8 and 9 in hd and put it on a disc. i would gladly buy that


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Comment #11 by frazzleberry
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:47:18 AM
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A good game with maybe a good sequel. As long as the XIII-2 has a more serious story than FFX-2 I'll be happy.


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Comment #12 by Dr Kaz92
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:56:48 AM
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#6

Are you mad????

The worst FF Game of all time is FF X-2. That game was a disgrace to the series, horrible story and game play, they mess up trying to cash in the success of FF X. Worst 50$ i spent.


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Comment #13 by Xiong Gou
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:00:47 AM
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I have always been in love with the Final Fantasy series, but XIII didn't work for me, 4,6,7,8,9,10 & 12 were all great games... I just don't understand why as their technological capabilities become greater their games actually become smaller. One thing I've very much disliked about the past few installments is the lack of an overworld map, no exploration... very linear maps.... Also in thirteen the gameplay was very repetetive, and I absolutely HATED that I couldn't choose my party for most of the game..... In Final Fantasy VI you have 14 playable characters... what happened to that? Either way I have lost a bit of my love for the series as of late.


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Comment #14 by enagamer
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:04:50 AM
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@2 Deus ex isn't being made by square enix

The only thing they should carry over to XIII-2 is the combat system, if they do that then it's a day one buy for me


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Comment #15 by Xiong Gou
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:07:09 AM
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Sorry for the double post, but with the recent surge in remakes I would love a full on adaption of VI, VII, VIII for a next gen console. I know I'm not the only one but those games remade with HD graphics, newly remastered musical scores, voice acting talent, that would be more than my poor little heart could handle! Ha ha!! I truly enjoyed the DS remake of IV but I would like a big screen adaption of these classic games, Square should know people would buy them!



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Comment #16 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:08:19 AM
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@#14 - Square Enix owns Eidos Montreal, so technically, you could say it is =P


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Comment #17 by totalstranger
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:22:13 AM
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felt it was too easy, need to clean up some cheevs. not bad but worth 20 bucks


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Comment #18 by Ihazcandy4you
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:34:32 AM
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It wasnt a critical success? Really??

12 was a great game, Dragon Quest 8 was a great game, IDK why people think they havnt done anything good in a decade.


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Comment #19 by SevenJesterHats
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:44:36 AM
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@7 that would make it 6,000,001 copies sold!!


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Comment #20 by Wicelow
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:50:21 AM
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Got XIII for 10eur like 2 months ago... Still haven't started it.
Not that thrilled about XIII-2, will wait till it's cheap, too


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Comment #21 by Welsh Rambo
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:51:01 AM
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I enjoyed Final Fantasy 1 - 5.
Final Fantasy 6 was a "wow" game for me.
Final Fantasy 7 - 10 were just epic.
Everything after has just been disappointing ..
Maybe it's just me, stuck in my old ways but I really dont like the active battle systems. To me, Lost Odyssey would have made a better Final Fantasy 13 than Final Fantasy 13. It also wasnt the same without Nobuos music ..
but thats just me.


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Comment #22 by Raesvelgr
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:58:26 AM
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FFVI = Best


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Comment #23 by Arenazombie
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 12:55:26 PM
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Only played FF6 (FF3 in Europe) and liked it. Got 13 cheap a few month ago but haven't played it. If it turns out good I'm in for 13-2


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Comment #24 by brokenaesthetic
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 01:10:40 PM
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@21. Couldn't have put it better myself. I'd settle for a release of FF7-10 on xbox live, but the chances of that are about as good as a chocolate fireman escaping a burning building. Not good to say the least :P


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Comment #25 by Clericking
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 03:08:28 PM
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http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/1569-Final-Fantasy-XIII pretty much sums it up


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Comment #26 by ViNyLek
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 03:36:38 PM
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Never tried it after hearing how much time you have to spend jut to even for the game to actually start. Unfortunatle I do not have huge amounts of time on my hands as I used to, but glad to hear how good they're doing:-)


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Comment #27 by AssassinAltair7
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 04:17:23 PM
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It may have sold an enough copies, but it has certainly made me apprehensive toward the franchise and any JRPG for that matter. I must have spent 40 hours alone grinding for enough XP and Gil for ultimate weapons, so I could get every achievemtent for the optional side-quest missions. Only to be stonewalled by enemies that simpley felt impossible to beat. I just should have just quit after I finished the main game, but I really wanted every achievement. I know it's not the games fault that I did not have the skill to beat all the side-quest missions, but that still does not change the fact it makes me sick on how much hours I wasted grinding in this game. This game was hands down for me, not only the most disappointing game I haver played, but also the biggest waste of my time. The 5 hours of fun don't make up for the 134 hours of grinding.


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Comment #28 by Leonade
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 05:21:05 PM
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7 8 and 10 were the best in my opinion. bring back the bad ass characters and more of a choice to do what we want and explore again


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Comment #29 by randallm33
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 05:25:05 PM
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This was not as bad as a lot of people say but it did have some flaws; and the achievements SUCKED (I am talking about you "Treasure Hunter"). At first I wasn't interested in the new battle system - I just trying hacking and slashing everything. However, the active battle system was awesome once you stop resisting using it. Pre-setting the paradigms and remembering where you assigned them took some time but was worth it once you did. The problem was that the story, which wasn't bad, was SEVERELY DISJOINTED. Why? I HATED not having my whole party together for most of the game. HATED IT. Grinding is a part of any true old-school RPG so that didn't bother me.

My advice: Don't sell the elemental bracelets/charms, lol.


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Comment #30 by Xiong Gou
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 05:32:12 PM
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Final Fantasy just isn't the same without Sakaguchi at the helm, and Uematsu behind the music...


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Comment #31 by Valorous 7
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 07:00:55 PM
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XIII wasn't a bad game at all, but it definitely doesn't fit what some people wanted out of the game. I'm still very interested in XIII-2 and still looking very forward to Versus and Type 0.


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Comment #32 by Seoulcrusher
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 07:48:46 PM
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I loved FF7 when it first came out, but played it again a few years ago and was incredibly bored with the combat. I think if Square simply remade it with updated graphics it wouldn't be as good as people remembered - RPG games have evolved a lot in the past 15 years. I really liked the combat in FF13 and I think FF13-2 could be quite good with a few adjustments.


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Comment #33 by macd
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 09:39:04 PM
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@ 12, entirely correct. Plus you have a very handsome gamerpic!

I really enjoyed XIII, though I expect this sequel will be poor. However, nothing can be as gash as FFX-2. What an epic disappointment it was.

Anyway, FF13-2 is somewhat irritating as if I understand correctly, Vanille and Fang won't be in it. I liked Lightning but I don't think she was enough of a character to pull off her own game. New characters will have to be pretty good.

Anyway, I'll probably buy this game. I loved FF13 and spent the 125hours to get the 1000G on it. Worth it.


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Comment #34 by SasileUchiha92
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:00:36 PM
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So, it kinda sounds like FF XIII-2 is being rushed?
Oh no.....


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Comment #35 by RancidSkank
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 08:30:59 AM
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Well, I thought it was an excellent game, up there with the best in the franchise and easily had the best battle system out of them all.

Strange how opinion is so far split with it.


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Comment #36 by Dr Kaz92
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 01:08:55 PM
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#33

Right back at ya.

I enjoyed FF XIII, but the character development was lacking, u dint feel a real attachment to the characters, or found their story believable. Regardless, i enjoyed the new battle system and the game, it wasn't bad. I just hope this time around, they improve on what was FF XIII.


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Comment #37 by BruinsFTW
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 02:20:15 PM
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Won't be getting this...Got the 1000 on XIII and that will be it...Struggled hard to get into it and just never really could, grinded out to finish the 1000 and was happy it was done...Tactics and 6-9 were great games but after I just haven't really gotten into..Just repetitive and boring to me now..A lot of games are becoming that way.


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Comment #38 by Leon McLane
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 12:47:01 PM
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It shifted 5.5 million copies on May 2010. I think now it is over 7 million.


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Comment #39 by Leon McLane
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 12:48:42 PM
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No, it is not my first FF. I had finished FFX-2 before FFXIII. After this i have finished FFI and FFXII.


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Comment #40 by Ganjasage
Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 05:46:02 AM
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Square enix need to just let the series die like seriously... Every game after X-2 In my opinion has sucked big time STOP FOCUSING ON HOW GRAPHICALLY IMPRESSIVE IT IS AND MAKE A BETTER STORY + real time battles for FF? nah I'm good... and how one way the storyline was ughhh they might aswell have caled it Final Fantasy: Linear edition If square enix is going to make a final fantasy PLEASE PUT THE EFFORT IN.


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Comment #41 by Mellow Tha Pro
Sunday, October 02, 2011 @ 09:43:53 AM
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how does a game "shift"??? don't you mean shipped???


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Comment #42 by CrownlessKing
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 10:41:02 PM
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@40

FF12 was one of the best games in the series. FF13 is good but it's nowhere near one of the best. And 11 & 14 don't count as they are MMOs.

But no, not every game after X-2 has sucked. You just sucked at playing them. :P


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