22 years ago, small time Japanese publisher Square Soft was on the verge of financial collapse. On December 17, 1987, they released what would be their last game, a Dragon Quest clone fittingly named "Final Fantasy". The rest is history. 2 decades and a dozen games later, Square is a household name when it comes to video games, selling over 50 million copies of Final Fantasy games over the franchises lifetime.
And 22 years from the anniversary of their swansong game, Final Fantasy XIII launched in Japan last week. Unsurprisingly, the title was a huge smashing success for Square Enix and Sony, with the first week results from Famitsu's parent company, Enterbrain, published earlier today. In it's opener, Final Fantasy XIII sold 1,516,532 copies - the biggest launch of a PS3 game in Japan. The game also helped to ship a tremendous 245,000 PS3s, up 225% from the week prior.
The only blemish on this otherwise spectacular launch is that it failed to meet the sales numbers established by it's predecessors, Final Fantasy X and XII, which sold 1.7 million and 1.8 million respectively in their first weeks.
Final Fantasy XIII is due on March 9, 2010 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.