Final Fantasy Franchise Sells 180 Million Units Worldwide

Square Enix has announced via a collaboration with a Japanese musical theatre group that the Final Fantasy franchise has sold over 180 million units worldwide.

Our team’s Ryuji has translated the message below:

We are pleased to announce that the Takarazuka Revue performance lineup for 2024 has been finalized for the Takarazuka Grand Theatre and Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre.

[…] The legendary Final Fantasy series has shipped and downloaded over 180 million copies worldwide since the first game was released in 1987. With its beautiful graphics, unique worldview, and rich storyline, the series has captivated people not only in Japan but also around the world and has expanded beyond the boundaries of video games to include TV dramas, movies, Kabuki, and various other media mixes.

The latest title in the series, FINAL FANTASY XVI, was released in June 2023 and has been a huge worldwide sensation; it will be performed at the Takarazuka Revue. The collaboration between Takarazuka Revue and FINAL FANTASY will create an innovative musical work.

The company will host a currently unspecified show at the following locations and dates:

  • Takarazuka Grand Theatre: May 17, 2024 – June 23, 2024 [Pre-sales begin April 27, 2024]
  • Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre: July 13, 2024 – August 25, 2024 [Pre-sales begin June 9, 2024

Thanks to @Genki_JPN on Twitter for sharing this news.

final fantasy xvi 3 1

Final Fantasy XVI is a more action-heavy entry than its predecessors, with a Devil May Cry V designer even taking the helm. Throughout the title, players will control the protagonist, Clive, as he confronts various Dominants, humans who have been cursed with the power to become Eikons.

Clive is the “First Shield of Rosaria,” sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, who’s the Dominant of Phoenix. However, following a certain tragedy, Clive swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit.

The producer, Naoki Yoshida, describes this game as akin to his experience with the first Final Fantasy, as “playing the lead in an epic motion picture.” The reasoning for this title’s action-oriented approach and more classical fantasy setting was to “appeal to as wide a range of gamers as possible.” Moreover, “there will be a “comprehensive support system in place for players who aren’t too confident with action games.”

This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate Noisy Pixel earns from qualifying purchases.

Orpheus Joshua

Random gamer equally confused by the mainstream and the unusual.