Final Fantasy XII released exclusively on the PlayStation 2 with an install base of approximately 20 million PS2 owners in Japan. The game sold approximately 2.4 million in Japan to date.
Analyst Yusuke Tsunoda, of Tokai Tokyo Securities Co, expects Final Fantasy XIII to outsell Final Fantasy XII, despite the PS3 only having an install base of approximately 4 million units.
The 13th iteration “is a really strong title and sales look a lot better than we expected,” said Tsunoda. "Domestic sales may exceed the results of the previous Final Fantasy title and help bolster demand for the PS3," said Tsunoda.
In September Enterbrain President, Hirokazu Hamamura, expected PS3 demand to rise by 500,000 units. We will however have to wait and see how much of an effect Final Fantasy XIII has on PS3 sales until later this week when official Media Create sales are released.