Despite being the first game in the series to launch simultaneously on the PS3 and 360 in Japan later this year, Final Fantasy XIII-2 still may not manage to outsell it’s predecessor. This prediction was made by Koichi Hamamura, President of Enterbrain, during a industry seminar in Japan earlier this month.
While Hamamura does expect Square Enix’s upcoming sequel to be a big hit in the region he anticipates that FFXIII-2 will definitely manage to sell a million units by the end of the year. Hamamura’s sales forecast for the highly anticipated sequel seems a bit low for a multiplatform game. As a PS3 exclusive in Japan, Final Fantasy XIII sold just over 1.5 million copies during it’s initial week so one would think as a multiplatform title analysts would be forecasting a bigger performance for XIII-2.
If Final Fantasy X-2′s performance in Japan is any indication, Hamamura’s prediction may not be too far off. Released two years after FFX, sales of X-2 fell short of reaching the 2m mark achieved by it’s predecessor. Will history repeat itself come December?
Time will tell.