Final Fantasy 14 is now the highest-grossing Final Fantasy game in the series
Before the release of the next one Final Fantasy XIV expansion Endwalker on November 23, Square Enix revealed that the popular and critically acclaimed MMO has surpassed 24 million players. And to top it off, it was also announced that it officially became the highest grossing title in the entire Final Fantasy franchise. These revelations were both made by Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida at a recent Media Tour event offering new information on the Endwalker expansion.
If the number of players is notable, so is the astronomical growth over the years. According to IGN, part of the Media Tour included a graphic that showed Final Fantasy XIV had around 4 million players in 2015 then 10 million players in 2017 when the Stormblood the extension has been released. This means that Final Fantasy XIV, in four years, has more than doubled its number of players.
Final Fantasy XIV has had one hell of a trip.
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“I think if there’s one thing that really defines Final Fantasy XIV apart from other titles in the genre, it’s that we really aim for FFXIV to be a benchmark, story-driven MMO, ”Yoshida said, according to the PlayStation Blog. “I think it’s a big differentiator from other MMO titles. . ”
The success of Final Fantasy XIV is a particularly remarkable story given the disastrous initial launch of the MMO. The redesign and relaunch of the title as Final Fantasy XIV: A Kingdom Reborn is one of those stories that is constantly brought up whenever another MMO or live-action video game fails to live up to expectations initially. And given its continued success, there’s a good reason.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the latest and biggest expansion to the popular MMO, is slated for release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam on November 23. Early access will be granted to those who pre-order the expansion on November 19. You can check out all of our previous covers from Final Fantasy XIV here.
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