It’s happening. This is the year in which Square Enix finally launches the massively anticipated Final Fantasy XV. Over ten years after the announcement of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XV will see the light for PS4 and Xbox One on September 30th, right as the current fiscal year passes its halfway point.
Square Enix is well aware of that, and today they posted their revenue and income forecast for the fiscal year ending on March 31st, 2017.
The publisher predicts higher revenue by a range between 16.8% and 26.1%. Operating income should be higher by 3.8% in the worst case and 26.8% in the best, while ordinary income will go up in a range between 6.6% and a whopping 30.3%.
It’s quite obvious that Suare Enix expects the upcoming JRPG to contribute solidly to its revenues. That said, they provide a range of figures instead of a firm one citing “increasingly competitive and oligopolistic” console game markets in North America and Europe as one of the reasons for that.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what kind of sales performance Final Fantasy XV will have, and whether it’ll lead Square Enix on a cavalcade towards its most optimistic forecasts or it’ll make just a smaller dent on revenue.