Final Fantasy VII Remake Tops 5 Million Units Shipped

Final Fantasy VII Remake Tops 5 Million Units Shipped - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2020 / 2,330 Views

Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake has surpassed five million units shipped worldwide. The figure includes digital sales.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is also the highest selling digital release by Square Enix on a PlayStation platform with over two million digital sales. 

View the latest video on the game below:

Here is an overview of the game:

Completely rebuilt using the best of modern gaming technology, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre. Along with unforgettable characters and a story revered as one of the most powerful within video games, the game also features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat. The first game in the project is set in the eclectic and sprawling city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience that goes deeper into the iconic characters and world than ever before.

Final Fantasy VII Remake draws players into a world where the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation, controls the planet’s very life force. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to an underground resistance group calling themselves Avalanche as they fight against Shinra’s oppressive force.

Final Fantasy VII Remake launched for PlayStation 4 worldwide on April 10. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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hunter_alien (on 07 August 2020)

A partial remake of a 20+ year old game sold 5 million copies in a couple of months and people are calling this dissapointing. What a time to be alive!


HoangNhatAnh (on 07 August 2020)

Add FF13 sold 5 million units in 5 months (only 2 months in the US), when install base was only ~85 million across all platforms.
Install base of PS4 is sitting at 110 million right now, and it took 5 months to sell 5 million. Again, this is the remake of the most revered FF game of all time.your reply...


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JWeinCom (on 07 August 2020)

I think personally the sales are fine... but it's just that some people had vastly inflated expectations.


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The Fury (on 08 August 2020)

As JWeinCom says, I agree the sales are fine, good even. But I know I didn't buy it because of the nature of this 'remake', and other fans of FF(7) I know didn't buy it, and I'd consider FF7 one of my fav games ever. If you aren't interested in FF a remake of a classic one is the series might put you off and if you (like me) don't like the changes you will be as well. I expect FF16 to sell more when it arrives. The most telling of how well FF7Remake does is how well part 2 series compared to this. 13-2 sold less than half of 13.


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PortisheadBiscuit (on 07 August 2020)

I honestly thought it'd be more by now, had a HUGE launch.


Sogreblute (on 07 August 2020)

Unfortunately a lot of games are very front loaded and don't sell well over time, especially JRPGs (not counting Pokemon).


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Barkley (on 08 August 2020)

It took FFXV over a year to ship 7m units on PlayStation + Xbox combined. FFVII has a chance to outperform it with stronger legs. (FFXV shipped 5m first day and then took over a year to ship another 2m, FFVII has already shipped an extra 1.5m since launch so clearly has better legs.)


LivncA_Dis3 (on 08 August 2020)

congrats to square enix and ff7, with all the corona virus and all


HoangNhatAnh (on 09 August 2020)

corona virus boost the sales of many games, not reducing


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DonFerrari (on 07 August 2020)

Congratulations FFVIIR, great game and breaking records.


StreaK (on 08 August 2020)

Let's face it, guys. These are impressive numbers. I can only imagine what this would have potentially sold had it been the entire story line. No doubt it'd be more like closer to 8 million by now. I'm sure the fact some of the changes and/or the fact it isn't the whole story impacted the sales. The fact a project like this was still able to do numbers on par with some of the biggest PlayStation exclusives is already a testament to the greatness of FFVII. The fact the first part of midgar - as a game - is one of the best damn games I have played in recent memory speaks volumes to me. The story may not be perfect compared to original but man does it make up for it by far making the gameplay far more impressive than the original's. I'd say this is the greatest game I have played to date on any console after 2007.


Blood_Tears (on 07 August 2020)

Good sales overall plus I assume a lot of people are waiting for a PS5 version as well.


UnderwaterFunktown (on 07 August 2020)

I'm just waiting for the inevitable PC port.


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scottslater (on 07 August 2020)

Weak sales considering the amount of marketing/hype it was getting...


Ultr (on 07 August 2020)

compared to what? 5million is a lot :P


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Barozi (on 07 August 2020)

I wouldn't say weak but not really impressive compared to FFXV, which wasn't received nearly as well and released on a much lower userbase.
FFXV shipped 5m in 24 hours and 6m 2 months after release (holiday season).
FFVII Remake shipped 5m in 4 months.


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Bandorr (on 07 August 2020)

It's the 5th best selling PS4 game ever, and has made #FF7R the highest selling digital release on the PlayStation platform in #SquareEnix history!

You need better context.


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HoangNhatAnh (on 07 August 2020)

@Ultr @Bandorr :
FF13 sold 5 million units in 5 months (only 2 months in the US), when install base was only ~85 million across all platforms.
Install base of PS4 is sitting at 110 million right now, and it took 5 months to sell 5 million. Again, this is the remake of the most revered FF game of all time.


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Pinkie_pie (on 07 August 2020)

@hoangnhatanh 5 million 4 months not 5. Nice try though


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mjk45 (on 07 August 2020)

@bandorr the first part doesn't make sense it being the fifth best selling PS4 game ever.


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Pinkie_pie (on 08 August 2020)

@hoangnhatanh 4 months is 4 months. Actually it's less than 4 months so you saying 5 months just to make it look like a major disappointment. 5 million in 4 months isn't too good nor is it bad


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HoangNhatAnh (on 09 August 2020)

@Pinkie_pie : change nothing, FFXV sold 6m in less than 2 months with a much smaller install base, compared to 5m in nearly 4 months for FF7R with 110mil install base


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Pinkie_pie (on 09 August 2020)

Install base means nothing when the system is at the end of its life. 4 months is 4 months so stop making shit up just to downplay a game you haven't played yet. Again 4 months not 5


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HoangNhatAnh (on 09 August 2020)

@Pinkie_pie Yeah, in 4 months, FFXV already sold more than FFVIIR


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Pinkie_pie (on 09 August 2020)

@hoangnhatanh let's wait and see since ff7 remake isn't finished yet. Who knows how many people haven't bought the game yet because they are waiting for more parts or the full edition.


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HoangNhatAnh (on 09 August 2020)

@Pinkie_pie you was one of the people who claimed FFVIIR will help ps4 sales reach`10mil in JP right?


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Pinkie_pie (on 09 August 2020)

@hoangnhatanh you were one of the people who claimed ff7 remake will only boost PS4 by 15k in Japan right? It did over 80k that week. PS4 permanent price drop to $200 = 10 million


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Pinkie_pie (on 09 August 2020)

Oh and btw I said ff7 remake will help PS4 reach 10 million not just ff7 remake and I think you already know that's what I said so stop with the bullshit


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HoangNhatAnh (on 11 August 2020)

@Pinkie_pie yeah, and FFVIIR along other big games definitely would help PS4 sales reach 10mil, right? Have PS4 reached 10mil yet?


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Pinkie_pie (on 11 August 2020)

@hoangnhatanh I didn't say 10 million before end of 2020 or 2021 did I? I said lifetime so that means when PS4 ends production. I'm not wrong yet since it's still selling and there's still the permanent price drop to come. You were so wrong about ff7 remake would only help PS4 sell 15k lmao


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HoangNhatAnh (on 11 August 2020)

@Pinkie_pie Because they can keep producing ps4 when ps5 come out during this covid pandemic, rofl


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Mr Puggsly (on 07 August 2020)

I think the sales are great for what is essentially an episode of a classic game.


StreaK (on 08 August 2020)

I'd say ultimately it will finish with close to 10 million....now let's say, on avg, each game sold 10 million and had 3 parts. That's 30 million games bought which is 3X the profits of the original. This is a huge success! Plus, not to mention there are many purists who are not even bothering with it because of it not being a 1-1 remake.


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shikamaru317 (on 07 August 2020)

Legs fell off a cliff then. Sold 3.5m in the first 3 days. Means it only sold another 1.5m in the last 3+ months. FFXV by comparison shipped 6m copies by the end of January 2017, less than 2 months after it released.


Erazor_DJ (on 08 August 2020)

But FFXV was released on 3 platforms, FFVIIR is exclusive to PS4 currently.


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Barkley (on 08 August 2020)

FFXV had worse legs.... it shipped 5m first day and then took over a year to ship another 2m. 7m by January 2018. While also being released on multiple systems.


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shikamaru317 (on 08 August 2020)

@Erazor FFXV was only on XB1 and PS4 at release, the PC release was like a year later. But even on just XB1/PS4, FFXV sold 6m in less than 2 months, compared to 5m in nearly 4 months for FF7R. Based on what we know about how much FFXV sold on XB1 in that timeframe, it actually means that FF7R is selling less copies on PS4 than FFXV did.

@Barkley FFXV shipped 5m first day, then another 1m by the end January 2017, less than 2 months after it released. I don't see how that's worse than FF7R shipping 3.5m first 3 days, then another 1.5m across more than 3 months. That's kind of bad legs for both of them, with FF7R having slightly worse legs than FFXV. FF is clearly a very front loaded series, was going back and looking at some of the earlier games like 13 and 12 and they were also heavily front loaded.


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badskywalker (on 08 August 2020)

I mean but aren't 4th quarter launches always better regardless?


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S.Peelman (on 08 August 2020)

Fine sales if taken as purely the number, though I'm also a bit underwhelmed by 'just' 5M shipped including digital considering the stature of this game (it's name at least) and the big opening, hype and marketing it had. Legs don't seem to be all that much for something this high profile. Of course, there can be many extra sales with a PS5 edition, and with a 'complete'-edition after all chapters are released.


StreaK (on 08 August 2020)

Doubt there will be as FFVIIR PS4 version will be perfectly playable on PS5. If anything, it'll get like some free update to enhance the game.
Extra sales will come from PC and Xbox release....we'll see.


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S.Peelman (on 09 August 2020)

Oh yeah, it's also only timed-exclusive. That should indeed also bring in some more.


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Heavenly_King (on 09 August 2020)

Woooohooooooooooo great game; hoping for a PS5 patch :)


dane007 (on 07 August 2020)

People are probably holding out to the super king edition on ps5 as everyone remembers what they did with ffxv


gamingsoul (on 07 August 2020)

I think ffxv was overshipped, I remember seeing many copies everywhere and the game became really cheap very soon, also it wasn't exclusive, I think those numbers are really good and square seems to be happy.


Podings (on 11 August 2020)

This is more than I was expecting, quite honestly. It'll be nice and awkward though, when Part II sells just half of this figure or less.


crissindahouse (on 07 August 2020)

Especially with Corona and game sales exploding I would have expected more because it is a great remake of one of the most beloved games ever released. 5m just on one platform is still good, though.


Signalstar (on 07 August 2020)

Great for a 3rd Party (Timed) Exclusive release this gen.


Original (on 10 August 2020)

Weak sales great that's what they get for sucking PlayStation Everytime


Random_Matt (on 07 August 2020)

Pretty poor for the so called best game ever. The old guard are irrelevant now, newer generations just want the next COD or Fifa.


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V-r0cK (on 07 August 2020)

Best selling full-priced demo of all time!! :D Honestly, that's fantastic considering that everyone knew this game wasn't 'complete'.


S.Peelman (on 08 August 2020)

I think that's still Gran Turismo 5 Prologue :-P


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V-r0cK (on 08 August 2020)

VGC has GT5 Prologue at 4.2M and Wiki has it at 5.09M, so it's only a matter of time then :P


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S.Peelman (on 08 August 2020)

I'm seeing 5.35M shipped here on VGC? :-? But lol doesn't matter what it is, was a joke anyway, and yeah should beat it that some time regardless. XD


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V-r0cK (on 08 August 2020)

lol its all good im jokin too, tho it seems i got a number of downvotes by some very sensitive people loll


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COKTOE (on 08 August 2020)

@Peelman. GT5P wasn't full price though. I think. I'll bet you a Coke.


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S.Peelman (on 09 August 2020)

@COKTOE: Could be, my memory isn't good enough for that. I actually think I have that game somewhere as my stepfather probably bought that at the time.


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