There's been a lot of debate over Final Fantasy 16 and its sales numbers. Whether it's because of tiresome fanboy wars on social media (Final Fantasy 16 is currently a PS5 exclusive, remember), Square Enix's long history of being disappointed in its products, expectations that have been set by previous Final Fantasy titles, or, more than likely a bit of everything, Clive and the gang's commercial success has been a heated talking point over the last couple of months.
In terms of actual figures, all we know for sure is that Final Fantasy 16 shipped and sold 3 million copies in its first week or so. Beyond that, Square Enix has been pretty quiet, outside of some potentially misconstrued comments made during earnings calls. We also know that the action RPG dropped out of regional sales charts quite quickly — particularly in the UK and Japan — but that's not exactly unheard of when it comes to new releases.
As is often the case, the truth is probably caught between two extremes. "Final Fantasy 16 has done... fine. No, it hasn't sold the most ever of anything and no it isn't a sales failure. It's done fine," writes the ever-reliable Circana (previously NPD) analyst Mat Piscatella. "For some reason this has completely broken some fans' brains," he adds, referencing the aforementioned arguments across social media.