Possibility Of FFVII Remake Generating A PS4 Sales Spike?
Recently, Square Enix boss and Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura told Engadget that he hopes the gigantic announcement will help push PlayStation 4 sales.
The way he worded his response, it's obvious that he thinks the mere unveiling of the project could prompt a rise in hardware sales for Sony. And perhaps - or probably - it's a strategic maneuver, because this could help pave the way for other Square Enix titles like Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy XV, and the new Star Ocean. But will we really see a boost in PS4 sales just because of that FFVII Remake announcement at E3?
I seriously doubt it. Details are just way too fuzzy at this point. For one thing, we only know it's debuting on PS4; there's no knowing when it'll come to other platforms. It could show up on Xbox One not long after, which means current Xbox One owners probably aren't sprinting to the stores right now to buy a PS4. As for the die-hard FFVII fans, they also haven't seen or heard enough. There's no release date, no gameplay footage, and really, very little in the way of game details overall.
Many remain very skeptical given the company's track record over the past decade. They could easily mess this up. Now, I know PS4 sales have been lagging in Japan a bit, so perhaps Japanese gamers will respond with more blind gusto, but I doubt it. I'm willing to bet this remake doesn't come out until 2017 at the earliest...if it even comes out at all. Which, honestly, I have serious doubts about. That whole E3 thing seems like more of a desperate PR stunt, I think.
Anyway, a PS4 sales boost now? Just for this far-off mystery game? I don't think so.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII Remake
7/12/2015 9:49:35 PM Ben Dutka