Final Fantasy 16 Sales Square Enix Backtrack

Is there a more baffling big publisher than Square Enix? Just last month, the Japanese company issued a statement saying that it considered sales of Final Fantasy 16 "extremely strong" after the PS5 exclusive had surpassed 3 million copies in under a week following its launch. Now, however, new Square Enix boss Takashi Kiryu is saying that the action RPG didn't meet the publisher's higher-end expectations.

The backtrack comes courtesy of the company's latest earnings report, as covered by Bloomberg (paywall). It was apparently a rough one, with Square Enix pointing out a 79% drop in profit. The part that's bound to raise eyebrows, though? Kiryu highlighted the PS5's "slow adoption" as a cause of Final Fantasy 16's struggles. This is despite Sony's current-gen console recently breaking records left and right.

Of course, this wouldn't be the first time Square Enix has expressed disappointment in its product's performance. The publisher has a long history of stating that its sales expectations haven't been met — although as mentioned, it had previously looked like Final Fantasy 16 would avoid such criticism, given the company's comparatively glowing communication back in July.

Said communication even went as far as to explain: "We can see that the attach rate of Final Fantasy 16 is considerably high, given the PS5 install base." So yeah, Square Enix is at it again.

What do you make of these conflicting statements? Will Square Enix ever be happy? Shake your head in the comments section below.

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