Final Fantasy sells 5.5 million, Arkham Asylum commits 3.24 million

Square Enix financial report reveals record numbers; Japanese publisher posts profit of ¥9.51 billion ($102.7 million); Dragon Quest IX sells 4.26 million.

Ever since it was first teased at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Final Fantasy XIII was expected to be a best seller. Those expectations were met earlier this year when Square Enix announced the role-playing game had shipped 5 million units worldwide and sold 1 million units in the US and Canada.

Final Fantasy helped Square Enix post $102.7 million in profits.

Today, the Japanese publisher revealed Final Fantasy XIII has sold 5.5 million worldwide to date, helping the company post record profits. For the 12 months ended March 31, the Tokyo-based company reported net income of ¥9.51 billion ($102.7 million) on revenues of ¥192.26 billion ($2.09 billion).

Final Fantasy XIII wasn't the only game that swelled Square Enix's coffers during its last financial year. After dominating the Japanese sales charts for weeks, Dragon Quest IX more than earned a place of distinction, selling 4.26 million units on the DS worldwide as of the end of March. The award-winning Batman: Arkham Asylum also proved popular, selling 3.24 million units--1.82 million in North America and 1.39 million in Europe...but just 30,000 in Japan.

Other hits included Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which sold 1.49 million units, and the DS remake of Dragon Quest VI, which sold 1.29 million in Japan alone. The island nation also saw Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep sell 760,000 units on the PSP, which remains a popular format in Japan while hardware sales lag in the US.

Outside of Square Enix's fiscal year, Just Cause 2 sold 1.19 million units as of the end of April. The open-world actioner was developed by Square Enix's British subdivision Eidos Interactive, which the Japanese publisher bought in March 2009. That segment's Quebecois studio Eidos Montreal is currently working on a third installment of the Deus Ex action role-playing series.

Square Enix's bullish earnings report was tempered somewhat by the revelation Square Enix's payroll has shrunk by 467 employees in the last year. Since March 2009, the company's headcount has gone from 3,805 to 3,338.

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178 comments
AnelZukic
AnelZukic

5.5 million till april, how much is it now? I guess about 6.5-7 millions

scabab
scabab

Of course not it was from the company and all its games altogether.

grgcucu
grgcucu

2 billion dollars from one game... god!

Rand401
Rand401

@AuronCloud7 It actually says "Those expectations were met earlier this year when Square Enix announced the role-playing game had shipped 5 million units worldwide. They now have sold 5.5 million to date.

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

5.5 million is great, though for a multi platform game that is also an FF game, its not amazing, pretty much all the PS1 FF games and FF10 sold more. though in its defence , FF13 is not even a year old.

AuronCloud7
AuronCloud7

"shipped 5 million units worldwide" - "Today, the Japanese publisher revealed Final Fantasy XIII has sold 5.5 million worldwide to date,..." What's wrong with that picture?

MKID232
MKID232

Hey, that scene in the picture wasn't in ffxiii?! Is that a hidden character!?!? /joke

QuesoGr7
QuesoGr7

Arkhum Asylum is probably the best and greatest Comic book based game EVAR! The Scarecrow parts were pure genius, especially the last one. xD

AdamProject
AdamProject

All very fun games, but in some ways FFXIII was a let down. To be honest? I miss Squaresoft.

calvinsora
calvinsora

FFXIII was awesome, I'm glad it is selling well so far. Hopefully, the numbers go up.

Flamesingh1
Flamesingh1

Final Fantasy 13 , the hitting one button a thousand times simulator.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

360 sales numbers for this game were catastrophically bad for a central FF game. PS3 numbers were something like triple or more the 360 numbers worldwide. What happened to Microsoft saying the 360 version would be the top seller? After all the fuss they made during two E3s in a row too... that's gotta hurt.

TrueIori
TrueIori

lol Fallout 3 beats the crap out this game ten folds. This game had terrible Characters , stupid names, and linear as hell. Give me a Shin Tensei game any day over this High School Musical Crap.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Isn't that ff xii in the picture? FFXIII is probably the best rpg i've played this gen, although I haven't played that many, it was way more fun than mass effect or marvel ultimate alliance game, not to mention a lot less buggy.

crystaleye0
crystaleye0

Finally a game with focuses on story more than open endessness and crap. it deserved way more. rpgs are story, period. for the tards out there, there are plenty of dumb pointless "fun" hack and slash games out there

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

5.5 million for FF are bad/catastrophic. 3.97 million were just bought in Japan. PS3 version sold twice as more 360 version but Square Enix is not happy with the sales. / They stated something as female protagonist characters don't sell in the West. Could that explain Bayonetta. Will someone start a thread.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

ummm....how in the world final fantasy 12 became 13 haha just check it haha click the picture :)

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

I wish i could have the money and the time to spend on FFXIII it looks really fun, but sadly tons of other games are taking my time at the moment, still is good to know that it had good sales, also Batman deserve it sales, is a very fine game and one of my favorites from last year.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

it would have sold more if not for the DVD level forced upon console gaming by XBROKE.

mochymoch
mochymoch

I can't wait to see how many FFversusXIII they will sell. But wait if its a PS3 exclusive they will sell less copies no? Wouldnt they make way more money if it goes to 360 also?

raptures330
raptures330

"...the Tokyo-based company reported net income of ¥9.51 billion ($102.7 million) on revenues of ¥192.26 billion ($2.09 billion)." "Japanese publisher posts profit of ¥9.51 billion ($102.7 million)." So, is it income or is it profits? wtb proofreading.

KieranCottrell
KieranCottrell

@yearof3000 - I don't think he said that at all, actually.

theexperience13
theexperience13

Ummm...why is there a picture of Bosch if we're talking about FFXIII and not FFXII lol?

yearof3000
yearof3000

KillerBill316@ >.> so you are saying the "gameplay sucked" because it was too hard for you?

theprototype0
theprototype0

ffxiii is a nice game , and square-enix is quite popular in the gaming industry, what i am really waiting for is Dues ex 3 and i think it's going to be AWSOME!

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

I admire the work that went into Final Fantasy XIII, but the terrible characters, slow start and lack of real exploration in the first 30 hours made it fall from perfection. But if you really love RPGs and Final Fantasy, then XIII will easily be your cup of tea.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

The article was definitely about xiii. But if you scroll through the comments, you'll find mention of every ff game individually. A reference to final fantasy 1 doesn't seem all that unlikely. In fact I'd say it's more likely that he was talking about 1 than 13. Let's ask him!

Rckstrchik
Rckstrchik

That's great for SE. I'm looking forward to future FF's :) By the way GS, I think you posted the wrong picture.

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

I'm glad it sold well.

Code-Llama
Code-Llama

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KillerBill316
KillerBill316

The Final Fantasy series used to be one of the greatest series of them all, in terms of story, appearance, and gameplay. What happend in 13 is up for debate, but I believe 13 is not as high quality as the previous games. For those of you criticizing the music, I believe you are all invalid, pro or con, since music is a personal taste. In terms of story, it delved too much in a new universe too quickly and lost many gamers who valued the storytelling RPGs are known for. In appearance, I do believe the PS3 and the 360 both suffered (the PS3 in particular considering it's amazing performance with exclusives), however I also believe people are too damn picky! 13 looked great visually on both overall. Gameplay sucked. I despised it. Square Enix took a chance, which I give them credit for, but that chance failed, in my opinion. Namely, the linearity of the game... who the hell sat down and said that this was a good idea for an RPG? I'll return to the topic. The only reason this game sold high was because of it's name, not it's quality. The same thing happend with Call of Duty: MW2. There are plenty of other good FPS games that are much better quality, but MW2 sold high because of name. The same can be said for games based on movies, like Iron Man 2. That sells because of name... and that's a crap game. Sorry, but the average customer or average fan is an idiot, and game companies know it. ...Oh yeah, and Batman: AA was awesome. Bravo!

Code-Llama
Code-Llama

@MightyQDawg I never said that it was a lie if applied to the first Final Fantasy. But I sincerely do not see any type of context to his comment if that was indeed the case. This article is, among other games, about FFXIII and its sales, and it never mentions FF(1). Besides that, I've seen that type of comment far too many times already from people about FFXIII to think otherwise. It really seems far too obvious but sure, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Oh and, unlike what has been said already, I never added anything to his words to "make my point correct". It would make sense to think that he is talking about XIII, being this an article partially about XIII and all, but hey! What do I know!

MightyQDawg
MightyQDawg

@Code-Llama "He was obviously talking about XIII, and he was wrong." What he said was correct about the first Final Fantasy (which was made in 1987, not 1990, by the way. It was released in the U.S. in 1990.) Since he only stated "Final Fantasy" and not "Final Fantasy XIII" perhaps we should give him the benefit of the doubt. What he said was technically correct, regardless of what "obvious" additional interpretations you chose to add to his words.

Charliesix
Charliesix

Square's stock is up 4% today on this news apparently

SquallXP
SquallXP

I'm happy FFXIII sold so well. Been a fan of FF sense FFIV or FFII when it came out here. I love how the story instead of just about one character its about everyone, so the story goes its own way with each group of characters when they slit up and go there own way. You see what each character goes throw and how they deal with whats happing to them. I think they did a great job. Not the best by far the best FF, but for what it is its great.

Charliesix
Charliesix

I'm being up and downvoted for asking a simple business question? Wuh?

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

I really need to get FFXIII, one of 3 FF games (other than FFXI and FFVII DOC) that I dont have :(

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Dudes, Japanese and western taste in gaming are different. Don't just complain about JRPG when all u play is FPS! :(

-Snooze-
-Snooze-

FF13 was terrible. How sad it's sold so much. I sure regret buying it.

Charliesix
Charliesix

How does a game company with 3,338 employees have $1.9 billion worth of operating expenses? Does it pay each one $600,000 a year?

Afterthought_bt
Afterthought_bt

It's incredible that such a poor game as FF XIII sold so many copies. Depressing, really. Hopefully they will look at the reaction of the people that bought the game, rather than just going by figures of games sold, because otherwise Final Fantasy really could have come to the end. They have a lot of work to do to save the series after that pile of rubbish. (And before I say anything else about it, I've played (and loved) Final Fantasies IV to XII) The storyline was virtually non existent - they padded the game out with cut-scenes which did next to nothing to further the characterisation, or plot. I'd finished the game before the story felt like it had even started. As a result the characters are wooden - they don't grow, you can't empathise with them. Graphics are really good. Sound is unspectacular. Honestly, no tracks come to mind from it, which is unusual for Final Fantasy. Battle System is horrendous. Ridiculously easy (and I'm not just talking about the start. I'm talking about all the way to the end.) and they knew it, as evidenced by the cheap inclusion of the 'hardest' enemies using Doom on your character. But it isn't just ridiculously easy, it's also infuriating because you are forced into tactics you might not want to use as a result of only controlling one of the characters, and such limited control over what the other two do. The story of the game really - way over simplified, and no freedom to it - and that's not even talking about the map linearity.

XxppxX3
XxppxX3

batman arkham asylum was better than FF 13

Raeldor
Raeldor

You go see a disappointing movie you lose $10. You buy a disappointing game you lose $60. It's no wonder people are frustrated. It's a shame you can't get a refund based on how much of the game you've completed... it would certainly result in better quality games!

Serentor
Serentor

@ luisarmando45 just dont play them if u dont like them -.- anyway, sounds good, but kind of shocking that they let NIER get so ugly although they have the money to have made it better.

luisarmando45
luisarmando45

Please stop buying and/or discourage your friends from buying more of FF 13. It will just encourage square enix to produce similar crapy "*wines* I'm a fal'cie" games.

alnors
alnors

hay i am one of the 5.5m!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Hoax-
-Hoax-

Im a big FF fan but...I want my money back!!!