Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida, revealed the MMO has now hit the 24 million player mark and is Square Enix's most profitable Final Fantasy game of all time.
In an interview with IGN, Yoshida acknowledged the game suffered a rough start at launch - the original version, prior to A Realm Reborn, has a 49% score on Metacritic - but has 'transformed and provided a major contribution' to their company's profits. He said:
It's perhaps unbecoming of me to say but in terms of our business, we've been able to achieve great success. Moving forward, we're going to spare no expense with our investments to ensure that this game continues to be one which our players can enjoy."
Final Fantasy XIV Becomes Most Profitable Final Fantasy Ever
Since its release, Final Fantasy XIV marked some notable achievements in terms of player count. In 2015, there were 4 million registered players, which rose to 10 million by 2017 after the release of its third expansion, Stormblood.
The MMO's popularity skyrocketed again earlier in 2021, to the point where the development team had to prioritize expanding servers to accommodate all the new players.
Endwalker isn't the end, though. Yoshida assured everyone that after the release of the Endwalker expansion on November 23, more content for the game is being considered by Square Enix for the next ten years already.