Final Fantasy XV Sees Strong Start in UK, But Can’t Beat FIFA 17

| Dec 5, 2016

Final Fantasy XV launched across the globe on Nov. 29, performing quite well in Japan amidst its opening days. United Kingdom sales reports from GfK Chart-Track reveal the Square Enix hit’s release is doing well, but still can’t quite knock EA’s FIFA 17 off the number one slot.

According to GfK Chart-Track’s records for the week of Nov. 28Final Fantasy XV holds second place for UK sales, beating out Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare at third and topping Battlefield 1 at fourth. Pokémon Sun and Moon have dropped to ninth and eighth, respectively, while Watch Dogs 2 holds onto its sixth place ranking.

While Final Fantasy XV had a strong showing overall, the numbers behind its UK launch become a bit more complicated when comparing the game’s PlayStation 4 release to its Xbox One version. GfK Chart-Track’s software chart for Xbox One titles places Final Fantasy XV at sixth place, falling behind both Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. For Xbox One sales, Forza Horizon 3 takes the lead, whereas FIFA 17 rests at second place. PlayStation 4 sales, meanwhile, report Final Fantasy XV at the number one spot, beating out FIFA 17. This coincides with a post from, which notes 79% of all UK Final Fantasy XV sales were on PS4.

The sales figure discrepancy makes sense in the long-term. Alongside its estranged handheld cousin, the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 has been a generous host to JRPGs and Japanese hits for years. For fans of Japanese media, a Sony purchase is often considered a basic necessity, even though games such as Capcom’s Dead Rising series have traditionally found a home on Xbox. Plus, with Final Fantasy VII‘s roots in PlayStation and many Final Fantasy fans being PlayStation owners, the PS4 may be seen as the definitive console for purchasing a copy. As Japanese and American sales numbers roll in, time will tell how the gaming community approaches Final Fantasy XV.

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