Not even Clive’s heaving pecs might assist Closing Fantasy 16 gross sales attain Sq. Enix’s lofty targets

Kath Santarin
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Regardless of earlier feedback, it now appears that Closing Fantasy 16 did not really hit Sq. Enix's excessive expectations.

Sq. Enix shared its newest earnings report final week, Bloomberg reported (paywalled, thanks Eurogamer), the place it shared that web gross sales had elevated, however working revenue had dropped by 79 p.c. President Takashi Kiryu spoke with analysts throughout a post-earnings name, the place he mentioned that the excessive finish of the corporate's expectations for the sport weren't met, with the supposed sluggish adoption of the PS5 being an element as to why that's the case.

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Final month, Sq. Enix mentioned that the sport's gross sales have been “extraordinarily robust,” on the time noting that due to the smaller set up base of the PS5 it is sensible it wasn't as profitable a launch as Closing Fantasy 7 Remake on PS4. For comparability, Closing Fantasy 16 bought three million copies in its first week, whereas Closing Fantasy 7 Remake bought 3.5 million copies in three days. Each launched solely on PlayStation consoles on the time of their respective releases.

Sq. Enix apparently plans to take motion to extend the sport's gross sales since {hardware} inventory is not as restricted now, although the PS5 has been way more simply accessible for months now, and has even discovered success in that reality. Closing Fantasy 16 might be coming to PC sooner or later sooner or later, and final month Xbox and Sq. Enix introduced that they'd be working extra carefully collectively sooner or later to carry the latter's video games to Xbox consoles – corresponding to Closing Fantasy 14, which is hitting Xbox Collection X/S subsequent spring.

Whereas we do not know when Closing Fantasy 16 could be coming to different platforms, we do no less than know that Closing Fantasy 14's subsequent enlargement, Dawntrail, is due out summer time 2024. This subsequent enlargement will begin a brand new overarching story, because the plot established in A Realm Reborn wrapped up with 2021's Endwalker enlargement (although there is a little more to go, as patch 6.5 half one is due out early October).

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