I decided to have a look at the current numbers of it, since it's obviously only out in Japan at the moment, and it turns out it didn't sell too great for a JRPG over there, however, it has shown legs to some extent:
I've heard the game was pretty expensive to make, and I reckon it was too, considering both Studio Ghibli and Joe Hisaishi were involved, lol. I doubt they'll have made their money back from the amount of sales so far...
So anyway, I'm wondering, how do you think the game will sell in the west?
Looking at the current US preorders, which are from December 29th:
It's in 13th position with 75,089 preorders, and still has 4 weeks to go, so we know that, atleast in the US, it'll have a bigger opening than Japan, which is nice, and will add to the sales, but just how big of an opening will it be? Personally I'm pretty confident that it will fall between 125-150k FW in US, but I'm not sure how it will do elsewhere, such as in the EU, since we're not exactly known for buying JRPG's, so I'm imagining less than 50k FW, but could crawl to 150-200k Lifetime, I could be terribly wrong here, but I'm hoping I'm wrong and it sells higher.
After the FW sales are in for both US and EU (And Aus and other places ofcourse), I'm guessing the game will sit at around 400k, and break 500k within the next 2-3 weeks, and from there make a steady crawl to anywhere between 750k-1m by the end of the year.
What about you guys, what do you think it will sell FW in the US and EU both seperately and together, and how about lifetime?
(I may add a poll if requested, but it's more of a "free vote" thread if you know what I mean?)