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Square-Enix Turns Profit, FFXIII Hits 5.5 Million Worldwide

Square-Enix's latest numbers show an overall profit of $102.7 million (9.51 billion yen) and games like Final Fantasy XIII and Dragon Quest IX proved to be huge sellers.

As reported by GameSpot, FFXIII has now managed to sell 5.5 million units worldwide and DQIX for the Nintendo DS hasn't been far behind at 4.26 million. Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum has done very well in North America (1.82 million) and Europe (1.39 million) but unsurprisingly, it has been almost non-existent in Japan, selling only about 30,000 copies. Square-Enix can also thank the likes of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which came in at around 1.49 million, and the DS remake of Dragon Quest VI, which garnered 1.29 million units in Japan alone. On the PSP front, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has sold 760,000 copies in Japan; the long-awaited and critically acclaimed portable RPG will land on North American shores on September 7. Last but not least is the recently released Just Cause 2, which has sold 1.19 million copies as of the end of April.  We had some problems with the game's definite lack of sharp and reliable control, but the over-the-top nature of the action has compelled many.  And we can understand that.

Well, is it any surprise to see such numbers? Final Fantasy will likely always be a blockbuster...now, about that Final Fantasy Versus XIII...

5/18/2010 9:17:24 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (58 posts)

eLLeJuss
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 9:52:28 PM
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I read about an article that Squeenix said in an interview they are "looking into" making FFversus multiplat. They will announce it in the official unveiling of the game. Oh please no! lol. but whatever, ill still get it.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:05:45 PM

Bargain bin for me. screw Wada and Square.

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godsman
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:05:46 PM

I only care about one game this year..... Man Furismo Jive.

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godsman
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:06:26 PM

@Jawknee,

I never get used games, I'll make an exception for this.

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tes37
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:11:29 PM

I looked for that article and all I found was people discussing the possibility of it. Anyone want to list that site, please do so.

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Sunni_Boi
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:13:03 PM

Ha!!!!!!!!! Man Furismo Jive!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:15:36 PM

Yeah if it goes multislut I'll be getting it cheap too.

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Victor321
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:16:45 PM

Two sites where I read the article were from www.1up.com, and wwww.ign.com.

However, after reading the article, I really hope that Tetsuya Nomura (director of FFVXIII, along with being character designer for practially every major FF game; think any big FF character in your head [Cloud, Sephiroth, Tidus, Lightning, etc.] and you now know who designed them ^.^) has a say in this.

Although he's never said it outright in any interviews and whatnot, I know that his heart's with Playstation.


Last edited by Victor321 on 5/18/2010 10:18:03 PM

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Jawknee
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:24:29 PM

TES, you can read about it at Kotaku. Wada told them they are looking into it or something like that.

EDIT:He told who ever asked the question, not Kotaku. Should have clarified that.

Last edited by Jawknee on 5/18/2010 10:26:47 PM

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tes37
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:32:28 PM

Thanks Jawknee! :)

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piratedrunk
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 1:08:22 AM

You can see his clarification on andriasang. Sounds like it was meant to be more of a vague generalization about the process all of their games go through rather than vsXIII specifically.

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Vitron
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 7:12:56 AM

One word: SCREWNIX

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:24:29 AM

PirateDrunk, With Wada anything can happen. That guy seems to be a lose cannon. Well see a Final Fantasy Versus XIII mulitplatform announcement at E3, im sure.

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piratedrunk
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:39:55 AM

Jawknee
I definitely wouldn't be surprised if it did happen but man do I ever hope you're wrong.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 12:23:06 PM

i ain't buyin it. screw square enix

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 12:25:30 PM

Me too PirateDrunk, me too.

Last edited by Jawknee on 5/19/2010 12:26:08 PM

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 12:41:26 PM

If this is so then please, please, PLEASE don't sacrifise or minimize content. I'll get over FF versus 13 being on the 360 as well as the PS3. If you have to give the xbox 8 to 10 dvds for this game then just do it.

I have to imagine that going multiplat is more costly for a dev. Why not stick to the machine with the most powerful hardware and make the best game you can make SE? Credibility is more important than easy cash if you're looking to be in business for the long run. Square enix loses creds when they say FF13, The Last Remnant or possibly FF vs 13 is on "Playstation 3 Only" and then go multiplat.

If lying starts to become a trend over and over again with SE, there are going to be people who stop investing in them.

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bridgera
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 4:10:08 PM

LoL yep, I purchased my first "unsealed" (not exactly used) PS3 game, it was FFXIII for $39.

I imagine that I'll be doing the same with FFXIII Versus and Agito.

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Alienange
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:10:00 PM
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Japanese gamers don't like Batman? I always thought Eastern countries had a respect for a man that could get the job done without the use of guns. Their loss I guess...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:10:28 PM
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Great, now they are going to think that FFXIII (Diet RPG Lite) is the way to go with the series. That could be the end of FF, especially with Versus likely going multiplat. Give me a damn console version of Dragon Quest!

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Victor321
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:20:41 PM

If only there were some small sliver of hope in the sky, like Hironobu Sakaguchi announcing FFXV, exclusive to the PS3, featuring Turn-Based combat, with the production values of FFXIII or something like that....^__^

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Jawknee
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:28:25 PM

Victor even if that did happen, Square lies. It wouldn't stick.

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Alienange
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:33:52 PM

Dragon Quest VIII was SO good I can hardly believe they haven't brought out an HD DQ game yet.

WorldEnds, put your damn katana to their throats man! Do SOMETHING!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:34:46 PM

Yeah man! I'm a Soopa Villain, I'm swinging my swords and I'm all up on the ceiling. I'ma ninja, throw drop kicks, chop necks!

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Karosso
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 8:27:49 AM

Ninja, Please! :)

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fstop
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:38:29 AM

@Karosso

LOL!

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Victor321
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:47:18 AM

Probably Jawknee, probably.

But a man (teenager) can dream right? ^.^

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 10:25:04 PM
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Only reason why it sell so well was because fans were waiting for 4 years for another FF, if FFXII was released in 2008 I don't think the sale can get to 5 million.

I think they're the next EA, no I don't mean in terms of game quality or whatsoever.

It's because probably just about every game from Square Enix will be multiplat.....

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Vitron
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 7:17:55 AM

Well pity us then

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 11:22:13 PM
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There go the fans.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 11:24:01 PM
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I hate microsoft...

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Vitron
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 7:22:51 AM

And Wada...


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Highlander
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 11:33:49 PM
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Some questions for SE and whoever has the answers....

Regarding Final Fantasy XIII.

5.5 million Globally.

OK, how many were in Japan?

How many of those copies sold outside Japan were in NA, how many in Europe?

Now, how many copies were sold on PS3 and how many on 360, in North America, and in Europe.

Globally how many PS3 copies sold? and how many 360 copies?

So, just how much did Microsoft pay *per copy* for Final Fantasy XIII to appear on their RROD360?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Xzer0
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 11:41:28 PM
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I thought Sony and Square-Enix had an contract about exclusivity of FF XIII Versus and if they don´t have it, then Sony is very dumb. I think that company can not just say that game will be exclusive to one particular console and don´t have a contract about game exclusivity, If theere is an contract and Square plans to go multiplat with versus, then there might be breach of an contract and i belive that Square must to pay a lot of bucks, if there is an contract. I belive that Sony must just sue Square for fraud. It is not
bona fide (latin) from Square to say in beginnig that game will be exclusive and then they are taking their words back.

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 12:38:37 AM

Oddly enough, Sony owns a 5-10% chunk of Square Enix stock, so if SE makes money selling on 360, Sony gets something out of it.

Sony has a policy of not specifically buying exclusivity of an existing game. they might commission a game specifically for their platform, but they don't appear to want to buy exclusivity on an existing IP - unless of course it was created specifically for them in the first place.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:25:24 AM

Sony should just cut their losses and put in a bid for Kojima Pro and hire Nomura.

:)

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 1:13:38 AM
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Sony should just buy up the remaining 90-95% of their stock.

Then, once they've taken over, have Kevin Butler pimp-slap Wada all the way to the West.

Oh wait, we don't want him here in he West!!!

Just ship his butt to Antarctica.

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Vitron
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 8:02:47 AM

Hey! a new Dog:)

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pillz81
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 11:16:44 AM

I second that motion BikerSaint.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 1:52:29 AM
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Shame on all of you who bought the game

This is the kind of game you give the middle finger to Sqeeenix with

Expect FFXV to have "FPS elements"

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 2:08:04 AM

It'll be a new combat mode, active first person combat system...

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Vitron
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 7:22:22 AM

Ha, I know I'm guilty but had to play it myself


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BikerSaint
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 2:34:04 PM

Vitron,

Yeah, I like to chenge my "Dawg Pound" up here & there....

so say hi to "Yoda Yorkie"

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Gordo
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 2:14:11 AM
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I'm 19 hours into FFXIII and loving it. I love the paradigm system and it gives a real strategic depth to many of the battles.

I am loving the story and cut scenes as well. Very professional and cutting edge video game.

In my opinion, am I missing the towns, the lack of save points, the grinding and the getting lost? Nope. Not in a million years.

If I was a student and had 100 hours then maybe I would like all that filler to think that I got my moneys worth but as a grown up I like the stripped down version that is high on action, story and graphics and low on wandering around and faffin about.

Congratulations on the sales Square Enix. Thanks for the experience.

Not trying to criticise anyone by the way. Just wanting to state that not everyone is disappointed with the new direction of FF.

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DeathOfChaos
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:51:20 AM

So you'd rather have a wash out of a game than a real game? That sucks...

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Underdog15
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 2:37:46 PM

Way to settle for mediocrity.

But I understand where you're coming from.

I find myself at a crossroads. I loved the game too, and I still enjoy it. My life is much busier since I am no longer a student and work in the real world. So at times, it's a great quick fix of enjoyment.

On the other hand, the missing elements account for the things I typically enjoy most about the series. So my immense (and it was immense) disappointment stems from that feeling that I no longer get the experience I love about the series.

The game, for me, is essentially an emotional roller-coaster. At times, you experience such highs from it being a genuinely great game, while at others I lament frustration at how easy the game was and how it didn't feel like what I expected. Maybe I set the bar too high, and I could be blamed for that. But still... hard to explain properly how you can enjoy a game, but still have a sour taste in your mouth.

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OriginalSin
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 3:31:58 AM
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WHAT? FFversusXIII might go multiplat??????

F*ck no that will be the end of me supporting SquareEnix for good....

Seeing they sold 5,5 Mil of FFXIII i guess it proves to them that multiplat games sell no f**** matter what.

So they will screw their long time loyal fans and just whore out to the money....

Fine by me but if that is true you whores (SquareEnix) won't be getting my money ever again....

Sorry guys but just the though of that higly upsets me....

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 3:52:19 AM
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I'm with OriginalSin on this one.
The trailers all friggin' say, in huge caps, PLAYSTATION ONLY WORLDWIDE, as if to make up for ffXIII not being exclusive, if they don't make Versus exclusive, I'll lose my fate in Kingdom Hearts III, and that will be the end of Square Enix for me.

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Fane1024
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 4:55:05 PM

The early FFXIII trailers also said "Exclusive to PlayStation" (or something to that effect).

Remember when Japanese businessmen used to believe in honor and integrity? Good times.

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 4:45:16 AM
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I am hoping that Tetsuya Nomura would leave Square-Enix if Wada pushes the FF Versus XIII development team to create an xbox360 version. Hopefully, Sony would snag him right away and start their own powerhouse RPG studio that would put S-E to shame. With all the excellent exclusives that Sony's first and second-party developers have created, I doubt they could do anything wrong with making their own RPG. And maybe by then, us PlayStation fans can show S-E how wrong it is to alienate the fans that have supported you from the beginning.

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Karosso
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:05:21 AM

Sony should give you a job! and no, I'm not kidding.
I have been thinking about it for the longest time, why don't Sony creates its own RPG developer...?

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 12:49:06 PM

@ Zetta

That would be fine by me. I would hope that everyone that believes in Tetsuya Nomura's vision would leave with him. Just like how Nintendo bought Monolith Soft, Sony should instantly pick up Tetsuya Nomura and his loyal gang.

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DeathOfChaos
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:49:10 AM
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I hope they're not willing to throw away over half the work that they've done just to make Versus a multiplat game. I still believe it will be an exclusive to the PS3. If it becomes a multiplat, I think I may even give up on gaming...

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Mista
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:21:07 AM
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I had just saw the comments on my Twitter about FFV13 possibly going to 360 and had to come here instantly to see if there was a story and found the comments here by others. I for one still have yet to get 13 will be getting it used which is something I dont do alot but Sqeenix has been giving PS owners the shaft this entire gen, all the series that were made popular and filled Squares pockets by PS owners have all seemed to go MS this gen all in the name if greed.

Square seems to forget where their true fan base resides and what made them the top RPG maker in the world. I was gonna but FFV13 new day one but if it indeeds goes to 360 it will be another used buy for me. Last announcement I need to hear is the next Kingdom Hearts game is also gonna be multiplat and the last hope I had for the new Squaresoft will be thrown out the window. With other great RPGs being made by BioWare and Bethesda and others I can honestly care less about Squeenix for every non true JRPG they produce.

At this point unless a real FFVII remake or KH3 is announced as a real PS3 exclusive Squeenix can take their new direction straight to hell. Wired how a company can go from being elite to mediocre all on their own efforts in such a short time, but I think we all know who is to blame at their camp for this fiasco. Sony should indeed start their own RPG studio for PS3, when FFVII came out Legend of Dragoon ( which I still have my original launch copy of ) was right on par with FF imo.

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 12:59:47 PM
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I've read that a few people are wondering why Sony hasn't built their own RPG studio. I personally think that would be genius of them to do. It would definately gives developers, programmers, graphic design artists, what have you a chance to apply for a job with Sony if they infact believe that Sony is where true RPG fans reside.

Sony isn't oblivious like SE. SE would just become another competitor like Microsoft and Nintendo. Sony would be inovative and strive to do RPGs and JRPGs better than SE.

And the best thing of all? When Sony says its for the PS3 "only", you can damn as well believe that it WILL BE for the PS3 "ONLY".

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 1:43:49 PM

Perhaps Sony could look into acquiring Level 5...

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 2:30:25 PM

I agree, acquiring Level 5 would be awesome
Expanding their company so that they could make more rpgs would be even better

Wish I knew where the guys who made Legend of Dragoon are...

You know which company Sony should buy? RED Company! <3

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Athrin
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 6:58:29 PM
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this a sad day for JRPG, now squeenix will think they on right path and destry all their other IPs... sad sad day

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