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Square Enix reports 5m Final Fantasy XV sales in one day

Shipment figures meet digital sales

Publisher Square Enix says that Final Fantasy XV has topped 5m units in digital sales and worldwide shipments.

The figure was achieved in just one day, making it the biggest opening day in the franchise's history, although actual sell-through numbers are currently unknown. UK physical retailers told GamesIndustry.biz that the game has had a solid start, and that it is tracking in-line with the recent Skyrim remake.

Square Enix also says the game has broken the record for the most first-day digital sales in Japan.

Final Fantasy XV is an ambitious effort from Square Enix to try and re-establish the franchise as the mainstream RPG of choice. Although the series remains very popular in Japan and amongst its core fans, the brand has waned in recent years and has found itself eclipsed by the likes of The Witcher and Elder Scrolls within the RPG genre.

The company fully revealed the game at a special event in Los Angeles in March this year, highlighting its efforts to attract a big Western audience. Alongside this game, Square Enix has developed a Final Fantasy XV movie, an animated online series, a mobile game, a special demo and a 'VR experience' for PlayStation VR.

It was originally scheduled for a September 30th launch, but was pushed back into November and launched on Tuesday.

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.

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