Most profitable Final Fantasy game is an MMO

first_imgIn a list of most successful video games IP, Final Fantasy would certainly appear somewhere in the top ten. And the most well-known game in the series? It has to be Final Fantasy VII, which ranks second on the list of best selling games for the PlayStation.What may surprise you though, is which of the Final Fantasy games turns out to be the most profitable. FFVII sold over 10 million copies, and each new game release in the series continues to see sales in the millions. But the number one spot doesn’t go to a typical Final Fantasy title. Square Enix has made the most money from Final Fantasy XI–the series’ first, and now decade-old MMO.The game was released back in 2002 on the PlayStation 2 and PC. It then saw a release four years later on the Xbox 360. According to Square Enix, players have logged over 200,000 years of play time during its first 10 years. I say first because it seems the game will continue to get support and has a new expansion incoming called Seekers of Adoulin.The MMO landscape has changed significantly since Final Fantasy XI saw a release. World of Warcraft continues to dominate the market, many other subscription-based MMOs have made the switch to free-to-play to boost player numbers and generate revenue, and Square Enix’s own Final Fantasy XIV has failed to perform anywhere near as well as FFXI.The revelation that an MMO tops the profit charts for the series was made by Square Enix president Yoichi Wada during the Vana Fest 2012 event. It was also revealed that Hiromichi Tanaka, a Square Enix producer who worked on Final Fantasy I, II, III, and XIV, as well as Chrono Cross and Xenogears, is leaving the company due to health issues. However, he plans to continue making games as an indie, which could prove very interesting for gamers.More at Andriasang, via Eurogamer.netlast_img

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