Final Fantasy XV Ships 5 Million on Day One, Becomes Fastest-Selling Entry in Franchise

Final Fantasy XV Ships 5 Million on Day One, Becomes Fastest-Selling Entry in Franchise

Square Enix' decade-long project is off to a great start.

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XV, the latest major title in the publisher's long-running RPG franchise, has shipped 5 million copies since its launch on November 29, 2016. The news comes from a press release sent out by Square Enix Japan, translated via Gematsu. That number includes physical and digital sales.

According to Square Enix, Final Fantasy XV broke a number of records for the company. It's the first title in the franchise to have a worldwide worldwide simultaneous release, which probably helped it become the fastest-selling game in the Final Fantasy series. In Japan, the game broke Square Enix' record for first-day digital sales. In the Asia region outside of Japan, Final Fantasy XV also broke records for physical copies shipped and digital copies sold.

That puts Final Fantasy XV in a great starting position and Square Enix is hoping to build on that with further downloadable content for the title.

In our review, Kat Bailey found that Final Fantasy XV won her over in the end.

"The real miracle of Final Fantasy XV is the fact that it hangs together as well as it does," she explained. "Having gone through so many teardowns and iterations, it was definitely at risk of feeling like an unfocused mess. Structurally, though, it's surprisingly coherent, and technically speaking, it holds up very well. In short, director Hajime Tabata and his team are miracle workers."

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