Was The Final Fantasy Series In Peril At One Point?

by Robert Workman


Final Fantasy XV has proven to be a sales juggernaut for Square Enix over the past few months, and things aren’t slowing down for the franchise anytime soon. However, it wasn’t always this way…

According to DualShockers, a panel at the Game Developers Conference today discussed the popularity of Final Fantasy XV, but, according to director Hajime Tabata, the brand was in trouble at one point.

“In the end, Final Fantasy XV was completed, and it’s finally in everybody’s hands. Within a month of release, we sold six million copies. As I said at the beginning, if we failed this time, there wouldn’t be a next time, which means that probably isn’t our final Final Fantasy. The series will probably live on.”

A Final Fantasy that’s actually final? Talk about insane.

Tabata was looking to make Final Fantasy a contender again, and even spoke to the series creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, about making things right with it. After that, he spoke with the head of sales for Square Enix, noting that sales forecasts for the game were initially low, and moving away from turn-based combat was quite a gamble. Some even considered the franchise “diminished” and “in danger,” in spite of its robust legacy.

He set a high sales goal anyway, one that was actually a million units higher than initial projections. And the game delay didn’t help either, though the team eventually worked as hard as it could to make the experience worthwhile.

Tabata concluded that the experience from making the game everything it could be was by learning that goals can be achieved simply by taking big risks, and that the team will continue to take on any challenges that come with Final Fantasy XV, amongst other projects.

Final Fantasy XV is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.