'Final Fantasy X' Expected to Be Huge Hit10 Jul, 2001 By: John Gaudiosi
SquareSoft expects to ship two million copies of Final Fantasy X for PlayStation 2 when it launches in Japan on July 19.
SquareSoft president Hiroshi Suzuki expects to sell over four million copies of the game in Japan and an additional six million copies in the U.S. and Europe.
One of the most anticipated PlayStation 2 games, Final Fantasy X will be released by SquareEA in the U.S. early 2002.
The best-selling role-playing game franchise, which has spawned a movie, Final Fantasy: The SpiritsWithin, has sold over 35 million units worldwide.
SquareSoft is also developing its first online game, Final Fantasy XI, which will ship in Japan next year.
Game creator and movie director Hironobu Sakaguchi said that the online game will debut on PlayStation 2 and PC and then move to other platforms like Xbox and GameCube. The plan is toallow players from all over the world on all console systems to play together online. Although this hasbeen done with PCs through games like EverQuest and Ultima Online, this would be the first effort with a console game. SquareSoft will use its PlayOnline.com venture with Enix and Namco to hostthe game.
"We’re trying to expand the world of Final Fantasy with the online version," said Sakaguchi. "When people go online we want them to be able to interact with others and create their own stories. We have a rich history with this game that could be explored online."