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FFXIII ships 5 million units worldwide

Wednesday, 10th March 2010 10:25 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Square Enix has announced its shipped 5 million units of Final Fantasy XIII worldwide, with 3 million for the US and Europe alone.

An additional 2 million units were shipped in Japan when the game launched in the country back in December last year.

The series as a whole has now shipped 96 million units since its inception 20-and-a-half years ago.

FFXIII launched yesterday in the west for PS3 and 360, with launch events taking place in San Francisco and London.

Writer Motomu Toriyama is due to speak at GDC tomorrow.

Thanks, Andriasang.

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21 Comments

  1. Blerk

    When I turned on my 360 last night I had 20 friends online, precisely none of whom were playing FFXIII. I surmise everyone who wanted it bought the PS3 version. :-)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    I still need to wait for my copy… *sigh*

    #2 4 years ago
  3. NGCes26294BIV

    Shipped, not sold. And with some pretty grim review scores coming in I smell an underperformance (at least from Squenix’s pov).

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    I get the feeling this is one of those games which people will buy just because of the name on the cover. I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve seen saying “I’ll buy it, no matter what the review scores”… which seems mental to me, but no accounting for individuals I guess. :)

    …and yeah, like NG said, this is just what they’ve shipped to stores. Who knows how it will actually do.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Redh3lix

    Seems to be popular at HMV: http://www.mcvuk.com/news/37924/FFXIII-becomes-HMVs-biggest-launch

    #5 4 years ago
  6. itsucks

    @Blerk : you being a little sony fanboy piece of shit like you are, you probably don’t even have a 360, or are so desperate for good games you have it to play with no gold (ence 0 friends… unlimited imaginary friends).

    now stfu.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Dralen

    I was a bit sceptical because of the reviews as well but I played it and I can tell you most of them are wrong. It’s brilliant! It’s seems to me that reviewers are full of shit. Final Fantasy XII scored huge scores and I just gave up on that game, it bored me so much.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. conk donk

    Review scores aren’t always an indication on how good a game is. In the same way an IQ score only measures how good someone is at an IQ test, review scores only indicate how much professional reviewers like the game. While a reviewer may rate a game on how original it is or in keeping with current trends a gamer might judge a game on something preposterous like how fun the game is to actually play.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    @6 – it’s fine not getting a joke, it’s just strange when you tell the world how much it went over your head…

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Awesome, I’m a PS3 fanboy as well now! :-D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @6 yousucks

    #11 4 years ago
  12. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    Equal opportunities fan boy, Blerk…

    It’s 3DO all the way for me…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. frod

    Regardless of shipped/sold, what is the platform split?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Honestly I wasn’t impressed in the couple of hours I spent with the game. I will get a better feel when gamefly delivers my copy today or tomorrow. Maybe it will get better, but so far way too much bad story.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DaMan

    @8
    “Review scores ”

    this is why you need to read the review, not only the overall score. sometimes a 9/10 one reads like 10.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    @15
    That’s where I think review scores have the most value. If the reviewer scored it 9/10 then that is what they scored it. If the review read more like a 10 then there was something on balance that the reviewer wasn’t expressing well enough.

    Other than using the score to quantify the text of the review (as above) I tend to put more emphasis on what is written and how that relates to what I want out of the game. A good review is not one which matches my own opinion, but one which is clear in expressing why the resulting score was given.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DaMan

    what I meant is that sometimes they don’t have the decimal places.

    or sometimes it can be hard to choose between ie an overall ‘good’ and a ‘very good’. say, if a game is truly refreshing you can rate it a perfect score, despite some technical flaws.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I may not be as critical as others, but I threw it on yesterday and was quite literally blown away. From the opening sequence to the gameplay – I’m about 3 hours in and enjoying every minute so far.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    Well, it’s sold out in every store that I’ve been to, so it can’t be doing *too* badly.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    @17
    Sure you can use the text to see if you think it’s a high 9 or a low 9 if you want to take it to that. I don’t think a 10 score means a perfect game either – simply that it is outstanding, it can still have some flaws.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    Most people on my friends list are still playing MW2, 3 or 4 are playing BF:BC2, one person is playing this, and everyone else is split between other random games like FIFA 10, COD4 and that XBLA stunt bike game thingy that I can’t remember the name of right now…

    #21 4 years ago

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