Square Enix considers printing more of its Final Fantasy XV collector's edition
Final Fantasy XV needs to make some major bank to recoup investment costs. Director Hajime Tabata has gone on record saying the game needs to sell 10 million units for developer Square Enix to break even, which is a staggering amount for the franchise -- only Final Fantasy VII's hit that mark to date -- but perhaps that target isn't as unreasonable as it sounds.
Take, for instance, Final Fantasy XV's ultra-deluxe collector's edition, which retails for $270 -- or several times that, if you want to pay a sketchy reseller on eBay. Square Enix announced via its press conference last week that this collector's edition set would be limited to 30,000 copies, which sounds like a big number, but clearly demand far exceeds it.
In a series of tweets this morning and translated by Siliconera, Tabata acknowledged the scalping problem and said Square Enix was considering expanding the number of collector's editions to combat it. Here's the statement in full (you can really fit way more into a few tweets in Japanese, it seems):
Hello, Tabata here.
I’m truly grateful for those of you who checked out Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV.
Things were as exciting as can be at the event, but I heard that those of you in Japan also got excited along with the long TV commercial. Again, the Platinum Demo has received a large number of downloads, and we truly thank you for that!
And by the pre-orders for the Ultimate Collector’s Edition vanished in a flash, and we’ve received plenty of voices from those that weren’t able to acquire it. We are terribly sorry about that. At the moment, we’re continuing with internal coordination to see if we can somehow increase its production. We will make an announcement as soon as there’s any progress!
Again, I’d like to let you know that we will follow protocol to handle what appears to be unusual orders that may seem like they were made for resale purposes. Once more, thank you for your continued support of Final Fantasy XV!
This is good news if you really seriously wanted to get in on that Noctis action figure deal (although really, if it came with say, an autographed copy of Florence + The Machine's cover of "Stand By Me," I'd plunk down the cash too). If you happened to already preorder and believe more copies existing somehow dilutes yours, well... uh... I don't know what to say to that.
Kris Ligman is the News Editor for ZAM. No really, why isn't Florence's "Stand By Me" cover already on iTunes? Gripe about this with them on Twitter @KrisLigman.