Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire (Mobile Strategy Game) Revenue Surpassed Flagship Final Fantasy XV Sales
In another signal that mobile gaming is taking over the world, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire, a mobile strategy game, surpassed revenues from retail sales of Final Fantasy XV, the very game the mobile spinoff is based on.
According to data from mobile analytics firm Sensortower, as of December 3, 2018, A New Empire has generated "over $485 million" in revenue and has averaged $1 million a day in revenues in the month of November, 2018. Extrapolating this data to the present, the game has earned in excess of $510 million globally. In comparison, Final Fantasy XV across all platforms has sold 8.4 million copies worldwide according to a post on the game's official website celebrating its second anniversary. If we generously assume every copy was sold at $60, this obviously isn't the case as the game is available at Amazon and Gamestop for under $20 new, total sales tally up to $504 million. Realistically, this gap is much wider as Final Fantasy XV went on sale for $40 a mere 2 months after release and hit $20 a year later.
Final Fantasy XV wasn't a flop either. It's the third best selling game in the entire franchise's history, behind only Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X.
We live in a world where mobile spinoffs produced are out selling flagship titles on traditional game consoles/PCs. Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire isn't the only example either.
Fire Emblem Heroes, a mobile adaption of Nintendo's long running series, earned $465M in total revenue since launching on February 2, 2017. In under 2 years Fire Emblem Heroes out-earned every single Fire Emblem game in the franchise's history combined. This is based on the ~11.2M unit sales figure tallied up from VGChartz.
So what's the takeaway here? Expect a whole lot more mobile versions of your favorite game franchises. In fact, anyone keeping an eye on the data shouldn't have been surprised by Diablo: Immortal's announcement. Does this mean PC gaming is doomed? Not exactly, but the most talented game designers, programmers, producers, artists, etc are all working on mobile games. Not PC games. After all, that's where the money is.