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Final Fantasy 16 UK Retail Launch Sales 74 Percent Lower Than FF15

Sales figures have revealed that Final Fantasy 16 is the UK's best-selling retail release this week, although its launch sales are reportedly 74 percent lower than that of Final Fantasy 15.

After two years since its reveal, this week marked the long-awaited launch of Final Fantasy 16. While critical reception for the game has been largely positive so far, it seems that it might not have made as much of a splash as Square Enix would have hoped when it comes to the game's sales, at least when it comes to physical retail releases in the UK.

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Battlestar23395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

15 launched on PS4, XBOX One and later on PC and FF16 launched only on PS5 so of course sales are lower. The same will happen with Starfield it's sales numbers will be lower than the likes of Fallout 4 because it's only launching on XS and PC and being on Gamepass day 1 will hurt actual game sales too.

Sonic1881395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

Gamepass is going to hit overall sales big time and that's a guarantee but Microsoft already know that. They're trying to get more subscribers for long term. As for Final Fantasy 16 it's going to be a marathon until every PS4 owner upgrades to a PS5. FF16 is also going to PC eventually to help boost sales. Let's not forget this isn't digital sales

4Sh0w395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

Down 74% man that's alot because let's face it Xbox & PC sales for this game typically aren't huge.

The BIG caveat is this doesn't include digital, so as far as we know it's only a big drop in physical sales and we know digital has grown leaps & bounds over the last few years= Im pretty sure the digital sales are pretty good, hopefully because I really dont want to hear SE cry about it.

Babadook7395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

It’s only on one platform and that platform had fewer units than ps4.

piroh395d ago

Now are digital sales way more popular than it was when ff15 launched, less people buying retail now

phoenixwing395d ago

@sonic
I doubt se is going to cry about it when Sony wrote them a check

blackbeld395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

To many great games this month. I just bought SF6 so FF16 have to wait till next month. Cause I promised myself 1 game each month.

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Seraphim395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

According to the last sentence in the preview, this is box sales only so hardly a surprise. A lot has changed between the release of XV and XVI in terms of digital vs physical. I could be mistaken but I believe the EU has adopted digital more than the US, and even then, digital is gaining traction everywhere... just a quick google search, 64% of all sales were digital in '22, down from 65% the year prior according to gameindustry.biz. I don't know what the numbers were when XV released, but if 64% of sales are digital, and XVI sold 74% less physical copies, you do the math...

I've always been a physical collector, but even I have found cause to just start buying more and more games digitally. Let's talk when total numbers are in. Until then, this seems more like a hit piece or, at the very least, a very stupid article written by someone looking to spin it. Because let's be real here, there are always more than variable to consider, and from the looks of it, they simply took one variable and ran with it because that variable must be bad.

Obscure_Observer395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

"15 launched on PS4, XBOX One and later on PC and FF16 launched only on PS5 so of course sales are lower."

FFXVI exclusive on PS5 sold just 1/4 of copies compared to FFXV, no matter how you try to spin, the numbers are far from great.

Making such huge title exclusive to Playstation might turn out into another disappointment for SE. Hopefully digital sales will perform better than retail. We shall see soon enough.

"The same will happen with Starfield it's sales numbers will be lower than the likes of Fallout 4 because it's only launching on XS and PC and being on Gamepass day 1 will hurt actual game sales too."

Starfield is an Xbox first party games, no matter how many copies it sells, it´s still Microsoft´s money.

If FFXVI don't meet sales expectations, Square Enix will be the only one who will suffer with the losses of tons of money invested in that game.

purple101395d ago

@ obscureobserver

"The same will happen with Starfield it's sales numbers will be lower than the likes of Fallout 4 because it's only launching on XS and PC and being on Gamepass day 1 will hurt actual game sales too."

How many do you think it will sell at $70?

shinoff2183394d ago

Se aren't going to be missing many sales from xbox , ie ff15 numbers. This article specifically mentions this is physical sales, you know damn well digital is bigger today then it was when ff15 first released. Leave it to obscure for the neg Sony comment

Zhipp395d ago

That's still a huge difference in sales. I feel like Xbox even in the UK would have accounted for only around 25% of FF15 sales surely.

shinoff2183394d ago

Xbox didn't even account for that percentage of sales of ff15.

Over 10 million sold 1 mill on xbox for ff15.

-Foxtrot395d ago

It's not even that really

After FF13 people gave them a second chance with FF15

They blew it

So while this is a good game and BETTER than 13/15 most people might just feel they don't want to get burnt again.

shinoff2183394d ago

The 2nd paragraph makes a good a good point that should've been in the headline. Atleast the physical sales. I prefer physical games myself but it seems more and more buy digital these day.

2nd starfield sales won't be that good do to gamepass. I'll be playing on gamepass.

CDbiggen394d ago

I'd have bought it day 1 on PC

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-Mika-395d ago

I made a comment a month or two ago saying that Square limiting its IP to one platform is going to hurt the growth of the FF brand. Now look.

Battlestar23395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

Given that FF15 sold only like 9% on Xbox and 80% on PS4 with 11% on PC making FF16 multi woudn't result in much of an increase in sales also Game sales in the UK are different since a few years ago with 90% of game sales now in the UK being mostly digital. https://www.ign.com/article...

lelo2play395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

Where did you get those percentages for Playstation, Xbox and PC sales of FF15?

-Mika-395d ago

It doesn't matter. It still did not sell well. First, Playstation gamers prefer to buy boxed games. Second, It being 74% lower than 15 sales is bad. That is a very sharp difference. There is no spin on this to make this look good. When they release the digital sales numbers, we get our confirmation.

Obscure_Observer395d ago

@lelo2play

"Where did you get those percentages for Playstation, Xbox and PC sales of FF15?"

He made that up.

tay8701395d ago

@mika where did you get the idea most playstation gamers prefer boxed games, not true.
Playstation are the leaders for digital game sales and have been for a while.

Eonjay395d ago

@Mika
I purchased 15 physical years ago... but I got 16 digitally. I didn't know that I had to buy physical simply because I have a PlayStation. Your just making stuff up.

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shinoff2183394d ago (Edited 394d ago )

Lelo the numbers are out there

Taylor of course Sony is the leaders in digital. It's common sense with the bigger install base.

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Redemption-64395d ago

They are not limiting themselves, this is just physical and even did better than Diablo 4. Using your logic was Diablo 4 growth hurt because it performed worst than FF16 with physical? The answer is No

-Mika-395d ago

First off, A lot of gamers bought Diablo 4 on digital because they got to play it 4 days early. FF16 did not have any digital advantage over physical. You can't use that as an excuse here.

neutralgamer1992395d ago (Edited 395d ago )

Mika

Actually you can connect the dots because now a days AAA games get 70-75% of their sales in digital so if it’s not the best selling game on PSN we will have something to discuss

And they aren’t limiting anything. It’s the worst kept secret that Sony and square have a deal in place so as soon as ABK deal is done Sony will announce the acquisition

Omegasyde395d ago

@Neutral
I highly doubt Sony will purchase Squareenix, maybe another smaller studio or even an IP. I still think they overpaid for Bungie over estimating their GAAS evaluation.