Final Fantasy 14 remains the darling of Square Enix’s releases as the publisher announces declining financial results in its latest report.
Total net sales in the last financial quarter (April to June) were 74.8 billion yen, down nearly 16% from the same period last year, while profit from operating was 14.4 billion yen, a decline of nearly 17%. Net income actually increased due to foreign exchange gains.
However, while net sales of HD games have declined year on year, MMO game sales have conversely increased year on year.
In fact, the proportion of MMO game sales exceeded that of HD games for the first time, despite the MMO category consisting of only three games: Final Fantasy 14, Dragon Quest 10, and Final Fantasy 11.
Square Enix states that “Paid subscribers for Final Fantasy 14 increased year over year”, while for HD games “sales did not reach the level of the previous year despite the release of several new titles”.
Despite this success, the report states that no expansion pack releases are planned for Final Fantasy 14 this fiscal year – instead, the company will “focus on retaining users through a variety of operational initiatives.” .
Still, the next patch for Final Fantasy 14 is due later this month, including a farming simulation mode. Additionally, HD games could still dominate with Forspoken and Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion set to release this exercise, followed by Final Fantasy 16 and Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth the next.