author: Adrian Werner
Final Fantasy XIV is the Biggest Commericial Hit in the Series
The Final Fantasy series consists mainly of single-player games. However, it turns out that the biggest commercial hit in the history of the brand was the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV.
- Final Fantasy XIV is currently the highest-grossing installment of the series;
- The number of registered user accounts has exceeded 24 million;
- Square Enix intends to invest heavily in the further development of the game.
MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online became the most profitable game in the history of the series. This information was revealed by the series' director Naoki Yoshida during the presentation of the upcoming Endwalker expansion. It may seem strange, as the series is mainly associated with single-player titles, but for those who follow the brand this news should not come as a surprise. In 2012, Final Fantasy XI was the biggest commercial hit of the franchise.
Yoshida also boasted that the number of registered players exceeded 24 million. It is worth recalling that in 2015 FF14 had 5 million registered users. Two years later, when the Stormblood expansion hit the market, it was already 10 million.
Naoki Yoshida did not hide his happiness with the game's success and assured that the developers will spare no resources and work to ensure Final Fantasy XIV a bright future.
The success of the game is gratifying, especially since the project is one of the biggest comebacks in the history of the industry. Originally FF14 was released in 2010 and met with terrible reception. The reception was so bad that Square Enix formed a new development team, headed by Naoki Yoshida. The team developed a refreshed version of the project, changing virtually all of its elements. The result of this work was released in 2013 as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and it turned out to be a great success.
The last few months were extremely successful for the game. FF14 benefited from the problems of World of Warcraft and became, for many players, the most important MMORPG on the market. At one point, the sales of the title were so high that Square Enix's store ran out of keys for it. The production also set a new activity record on Steam.
Recall that the next expansion, namely Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, will debut on the market on November 23 this year. The production will be released simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Some time ago Square Enix released a benchmark that enables you to check whether your PC will cope with the expansion.
- Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker demo benchmark - download page
- Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker - official website
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