Square Enix says the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy XIII
sold in excess of one million copies on its launch day yesterday in Japan.
The title quickly pushed to the top of the Japanese PlayStation 3 charts
-- though it'll be a multiplatform release in the U.S. and Europe when it launches in the West in March 2010, it's PS3-exclusive in Japan. The company revealed that FFXIII
first-day sales "exceeded one million", according to consumer weblog Kotaku
Square Enix had initially prepared to ship around 1 million units
for the big day, but ultimately ended up shipping closer to 2 million. That's a similar shipment to prior-generation Final Fantasy XII
-- even though the PlayStation 2 has a considerably larger userbase than the PS3.
Alongside the game's launch, Square Enix has launched a themed space
in the PlayStation 3's Home world, where users will be able to purchase FFXIII
-themed virtual goods and accessories as part of Home's first strides into the "freemium" model.