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Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts 3 has already sold over five million copies since its January 29 release. This makes it the fastest-selling Kingdom Hearts game in history.
Square Enix is including physical and digital sales across both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. With its unique Disney collaboration, Kingdom Hearts 3 has long been one of the most highly anticipated games. It’s no surprise that Kingdom Hearts 3 is the fastest-selling game in the series. The last game in the main series, Kingdom Hearts 2, released in 2005, before console games were even sold digitally.
Kingdom Hearts 3 reunites keyblade wielder Sora with Donald and Goofy in a story of light vs darkness. They’ll journey through more Disney worlds, and for the first time, Pixar worlds. These include more recent Disney franchises such as Frozen, Tangled, Monsters Inc, Big Hero 6, Toy Story, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Sora will learn new keyblade transformations and summonable companions based on these Disney travels. He’ll need these powers and allies to combat the constant threat of the Heartless.
The Kingdom Hearts series has sold 25 million units worldwide. The series celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017. Kingdom Hearts has remained relevant thanks to numerous handheld spin-offs over the last decade.
The sales numbers are impressive, but pale in comparison to some of Square Enix’s prolific mega-franchises such as Tomb Raider (67 million), Dragon Quest (76 million) and Final Fantasy (142 million).
Square Enix has been a bit slower than other companies to jump on the Nintendo Switch wagon. But better late than never.
Last fall Nintendo announced that several Final Fantasy games were coming to Switch. Today Square Enix confirmed the release date for two of its remastered Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age will arrive on Switch, as well as Xbox One, in April. The remasters were formerly exclusive to PlayStation and PC.
To celebrate the announcement, Akihiko Yoshida created a new piece of artwork showcasing the characters from Final Fantasy XII.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD will launch on April 16. The HD remaster originally released in 2013 on PlayStation 3 (and again on PlayStation 4 in 2015, and PC in 2016), and combines both Final Fantasy X and its direct sequel, X-2. Both games launched on the PlayStation 2 in the early 2000s, and Final Fantasy X is regularly ranked as one of the best Final Fantasy games ever made. It represents the first truly modern Final Fantasy game, with voice acting and a fully three dimensional world.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD will also be launching on an Xbox console for the first time, as it also arrives on Xbox One on April 16.
But wait there’s more. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is also coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, on April 30. The Zodaic Age version is an HD remaster of the 2006 RPG that launched at the tail end of the PS2’s lifespan. Like the FF X remaster, it uses the improved international version along with updated audio and visual improvements.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age originally launched on PS4 in 2017. FF 12 is often ranked as one of the more underrated Final Fantasy games that didn’t receive the love it deserved when it originally released.
Both Final Fantasy games are rated T for Teen.