ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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2016 has been a horrible year—we all know it and we can't wait for its horrors to come to an end. However, there's one aspect of the planet that seems to have come away relatively unscathed as we stare 2017 in the eyes: The #VideoGames industry.

Sure, there have been catastrophic disappointments over the course of the year, but, on a whole, things were actually pretty damn good! With the likes of #Overwatch generating an unmatched sense of feverous delight and little indie surprises like INSIDE blowing our minds (and skulls), games really came out on top in 2016. Just look at Final Fantasy XV breaking records already!

Day One Sales For Final Fantasy XV Break Industry Records

Have you seen the real-life Audi they made for Final Fantasy XV?!

Square Enix Ltd. have just announced the day one sales figures for their latest venture, Final Fantasy XV, which was released simultaneously across the globe on November 29 for #XboxOne and #PS4. #FinalFantasyXV is the fastest selling game in the history of the franchise, with day one figures exceeding five million units.

Here's a brief statement from the press release regarding this extraordinary achievement:

[The] game is the first in the series’ history to have a simultaneous global launch. Having surpassed five million sales across the world already, the game also broke the record for most downloads of a game on day of release in Japan. In the Asian region that excludes Japan it also broke the record for total game sales on day one, including packaged version units shipped and digital downloads.

Not only is this a record-breaker for these regions, Final Fantasy XV has some of the most impressive day one sales figures the industry at large has ever seen!

Continuing a trend, with Pokémon Sun and Moon having broken records in Japan last week, Final Fantasy XV has clearly won over the minds of gamers everywhere, who flocked to local stores and online retailers to nab their copies. Just to put things into perspective, here are some sales figures that demonstrate how well famous titles performed within the first week of their launch:

  • Diablo III: 6.3 million units sold in its first week.
  • Pokémon X and Y: 4 million units sold in two days.
  • Uncharted 4: 2.7 million units sold in its first week.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: 2.7 million units sold in its first week.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: 2.06 million units sold in its first week.
Well done, Final Fantasy XV. [Credit: Square Enix]
Well done, Final Fantasy XV. [Credit: Square Enix]

We have nothing but congratulatory words for Square Enix on their remarkable achievement and the completion of a project that went on for far too long.

Are you one of the JRPG fanatics that contributed to the day one sales for Final Fantasy XV? Enjoying it so far? Let us know in the comments!