Final Fantasy XV could be the last of the mainline series if it doesn’t sell so great this September. According to an interview that director Hajime Tabata had with Game Informer, they’ll need to move some big numbers in Japan to keep Final Fantasy as a franchise afloat beyond remakes and re-releases.
According to Tabata, he explained to Game Informer…
“It is a more grave and serious situation than we had initially thought,” […] “For Japan, I believe it is a make or break for the franchise. And if the Final Fantasy brand is on its demise in terms of numbered mainline series within Japan, then I feel like it would also follow suit globally.”
Japan in general has been waning on home console gaming in favor of mobile devices. I wouldn’t be surprised if Final Fantasy XV is bigger and becomes more established in America than it does in Japan when it drops this September.
Square has been really putting a lot of their eggs in the basket for this upcoming entry, with a CGI movie in the works due for release this year, and episodic anime episodes to help flesh out the story ahead of the game’s release. If you missed it before, you can check out the first 12 minute episode below.
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Tabata also clarified that they would like to sell 10 million copies of Final Fantasy XV, and that they’re hoping that the game will eventually trump the popularity of Final Fantasy VII, but I tend to doubt that that’s going to happen.
For one thing, Final Fantasy VII has a lot of original elements about it, especially the whole dieselpunk aesthetic and mix of futuristic industrialism with high-fantasy magic. It’s a rare combination not unlike the mix of post-apocalyptic surviving fused with magical martial arts in Fist of the North Star; it just worked.
This new game has a lot of contemporary modernist elements going for it, from the Audi-themed cars and high-fashion aesthetics to the somewhat convoluted fighting system… it’s a little hard to pinpoint the game’s core themes. I don’t doubt that Final Fantasy XV will sell like hotcakes, likely pushing 5 million SKUs out of the gate within its first quarter, but I just don’t see the game establishing the same kind of industry-wide influence that Final Fantasy VII had back in the day.
You can expect to see more of the game this June during E3, ahead of its September 30th release on the Xbox One and PS4.