What Is The Average Age Of Those Who Will Actually Like FFXV?
As I've been unable to determine Square Enix's plans for this franchise for the past decade (do they even know the intended demographic?), I've got to ask this, and it's a really interesting question.
One might assume that, at first glance, the average age of someone who will end up loving the upcoming Final Fantasy XV is significantly older than for most other games. After all, this legendary series is a quarter-century old.
Of course, Square Enix has done a bang-up job alienating millions of fans during the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, as clearly evidenced by the sharp decline in sales. With FFXIII selling over 5.3 million and Lightning Returns barely moving barely 1 million, that can only be described as a catastrophic drop. Then, it takes them over a decade to create Final Fantasy Versus XIII (which is now FFXV), and they're only predicting modest sales in Japan. I mean, come on...a measly million?
But aside from the precipitous fall in sales, I'm wondering who the audience is for this game. If a lot of the older fans have disappeared because FFXV simply doesn't look or play anything like an RPG, then you're actually left with the younger audience. Square Enix has said time and time again that they want to target younger individuals with this series, which is of course why it appears to be action first and RPG second. So, is it male teens? And of these male teens, one would have to assume they're all relatively new to the franchise, right? They didn't want to play previous entries but now, with the added flash and ceaseless action, they might be intrigued by FFXV.
And, if Square Enix succeeds, isn't this a victory for them? It's what they've wanted all along, right? You can't have an aging audience because after all, the older gamers don't have as much time to play and perhaps not as much motivation or interest, either. It almost feels like Buick overhauling their stuffy old person image and putting 20-somethings in their commercials. I don't like comparing old FFs to Buicks but you get the idea.
So, predictions on the average age of FFXV fans? I'm going with about 22.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XV
2/2/2016 9:50:36 PM Ben Dutka