Games often need to sell a certain amount to make the developer profAccording to director Hajime Tabata at a press conference, the Final Fantasy XV lineup has to sell over 10 million copies to be successful. By “lineup”, we believe he refers to the anime series, movie, and mobile games that are going to accompany the main title.
This would be a feat, as the only Final Fantasy title to ever cross 10 million sold is Final Fantasy VII, and even then, that’s because it’s been released and re-released a few times, which has added to the numbers.
In a twist though, Square-Enix released a statement to IGN correcting this notion.
“We’d like to make a comment on the news reports that state Hajime Tabata, Director of Final Fantasy XV, commented that Final Fantasy XV needed to sell 10 million copies to recoup the investment at the press conference held yesterday in LA.
We believe there was a communication problem during the conference. In fact, Tabata was referencing 10 million copies only as a high goal which the development team set to realize their ambition to make the ultimate Final Fantasy game. And the comment was never meant to be referred as a recoup line of the investment.”