Kingdom Hearts III has shipped over five million copies worldwide, making it the fastest-selling title in the franchise’s history. Square Enix released a report at the end of the game’s opening week showing that it had sold almost as many copies as the Resident Evil 2 Remake, which is currently at the top of the UK game chart.
The long-awaited finale to the Xehanort Saga surpassed all previous entries in the series, with launch sales for Kingdom Hearts III up an astounding 363 per cent compared to 2017’s Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and up 157 per cent when compared to launch sales for 2006’s Kingdom Hearts II.
These astounding sales figures (which include both physical and digital sales) will come as a welcome relief to Square Enix, which published a rather bleak six-month financial report at the end of September last year. Net sales for the first half of the fiscal year were down 15 per cent when compared to the same period the year before, and the company’s operating income had nosedived from ¥25bn (£173m) in 2017 to ¥10bn (£67.5m) in 2018.
Following this report Square Enix announced the cancellation of all upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV with the exception of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn, which is due to be released in March 2019 alongside an anime entitled Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn – Prologue.