Because there is not only Final Fantasy in life, Square Enix published the financial results for the second half of the current fiscal year instead, and the disappointments are there.
Caught between the eventual release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, first of the name and the fervor that surrounds the future (but not necessarily distant) release of Final Fantasy XVI, Square Enix presented mixed results. Ten years after The World Ends With You, the publisher has failed to revive public interest with its NEO sequel, despite its protruding plastic and its Tokyo decor.
NEO is not the chosen one
Despite the availability of a demo and a marketing campaign that tried everything to make NEO The World Ends With You the J-RPG of summer 2021, Square Enix must be content with a critical success, if not commercial:
While NEO The World Ends With You was well received by the players, the results did not live up to our expectations.
In an attempt to see the glass half full, the publisher hopes that long sales will compensate for this poor performance, even if the practice is still very often the prerogative of a famous Japanese manufacturer.
The last episode of the series Life is Strange did not restore color in the second quarter either, and Square Enix is counting on the Switch version of True Colors, slated for release on December 7, and the Life is Strange Remastered Collection compilation to save the furniture.
Gils per million
However, there is no shortage of reasons to rejoice: last month, we learned for example that Final Fantasy XIV officially became the highest grossing episode in the history of the series. Today is the fifteenth episode that will soon be talked about again, since the adventures between guys from Noctis and his clique are dangerously approaching the mark of 10 million copies sold, with 9.8 million officially counted.
Still, from the top of its 13 million units, Final Fantasy VII continues to remain the most bankable episode in the house catalog, and in view of recent variations such as the mobile game First Soldier and the intense teasing around “the sequel”, it is a safe bet that the world of the cult game of 1997 still weighs on the publisher’s decisions for a long time to come. . You have to compensate for the poor performance of Outriders or that of Marvel’s Avengers, you see …
And yet, Final Fantasy VII Remake (or its Intergrade version) are currently only available on Sony consoles, and total (already) 5 million games sold. That is to say.