The latest issue of the monthly Japanese publication Nikkei Trendy ran an article about the current video gaming market in Japan, which included a bit on future titles from Square Enix.
The magazine writes that smartphone games have been largely dominant in Japan – forcing console games to the side as Japanese consumers buy in to more and more mobile experiences to suit their busy lives. Despite that both Final Fantasy XV and Dragon Quest XI are expected to sell within historical reason. Nikkei projects both titles to sell more than a million units each in the domestic market, though it’s unknown if they mean initially or over time.
It’s worth noting the magazine speculates that Final Fantasy XV’s action-based battle system is likely to polarize the thoughts of long-time fans due to the increase in difficulty, and instead appeal to those who enjoy action titles. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, with further information on the game expected in the next few months.
A lot of buzz and controversy has been shrouding Final Fantasy XV given its checkered development history and bold ambitions while Dragon Quest XI may not see a release until 2017. Nevertheless, it’ll certainly be interesting to see if these two mainline games can inject some strength into Japan’s domestic market along with everything else due out for console – namely the PS4 – this year.