Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII Shifted Over 6 Million Copies
Written Monday, June 27, 2011 By Dan WebbView author's profile
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.