Final Fantasy XVI failed at UK retail against the backdrop
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Final Fantasy XVI failed at UK retail against the backdrop of Final Fantasy XV, but there’s a nuance

Looks like Square Enix not for nothing “A Little Panic” about the number of pre-orders for Final Fantasy XVI. At least in British retail, the long-awaited novelty is not selling as well as the previous main part.

    Image Source: Twitter (Sarokeye)

Image Source: Twitter (Sarokeye)

As it became known from the publication GamesIndustry.bizUK opening sales of Final Fantasy XVI disc editions were 74% worse than in 2016 for the franchise’s last numbered release, Final Fantasy XV.

It’s worth noting that Final Fantasy XV was available for two platforms (PS4, Xbox One) versus one for Final Fantasy XVI (PS5) and later in its life cycle. In addition, the share of digital sales has grown significantly since 2016.

    Image Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

Image Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

In terms of comparison to recent releases, Final Fantasy XVI showed the fifth highest-grossing UK retail launch of 2023, behind The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Hogwarts Legacy, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and Resident Evil 4 Remake.

Thus, Final Fantasy XVI left behind several other major multiplatform releases of 2023, including Dead Space Remake, Atomic Heart, Dead Island 2, Street Fighter 6, and Diablo IV.

    Image source: Steam

Image source: Steam

Poor initial sales compared to the last game didn’t stop Final Fantasy XVI from comfortably topping the UK retail charts. The Sonic Origins Plus compilation debuted at number three, while Aliens: Dark Descent debuted at number 11.

The top 10 UK retail charts from 18th to 24th June are as follows (last week’s result in brackets):

  1. Final Fantasy XVI (new);
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (1);
  3. Sonic Origin Plus (new);
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (6);
  5. F1 23(2);
  6. God of War Ragnarok (4);
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (7);
  8. Diablo IV (3);
  9. Hogwarts Legacy (5);
  10. FIFA 23 (8).

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