To many people the franchise has been kinda tarnished with latest entries. Each Flagship gen FF sells less than the previous. FF 15 sold less than 13 and FF 13 sold less than X. Next to that there is no official word on FF16 and SE is pushing a remake/remasters agenda of previous beloved titles, such as VII,VIII,X and XII the past 3 years. Do you think they are really scared of the reception of FF16 that they dont consider making one in the future ? Some rumours are going around for action rpg title in the making, but still no one can tell it is attached to FF, it could be Project Athia, as seen by latest developments.
Are you sure your stats are correct? A simple google says 15 sold 8.9million and 13 sold 7million.
If anything, Monster Hunter World has taught Square that a AAA open world RPG can sell boatloads. MHW sold 15mil+.
Square can easily tailor to 12's forumla and make a more open world Final Fantasy.
FF7 Remake is also decent in sales, so if anything, I dont think they are "scared". More like 1) they just released KH3 last year 2) Released FF7 Remake 4 months ago 3) Working on FF7 Remake Part 2 4) Already 1-3 years into planning/development on 16.
Not to mention, isn't it supposed to be every even numbered FF is mmorpg? FF14's getting pretty old and its been profitable. Not surprised if they refresh it with a new game.
No that is not supposed to be,FF14 might be getting old but they have plenty of servers and all of them are brimming with activity and the team behind it is busy with the next expansion for the mmo.
It has also already been remade and is making a good amount of profit,as long as they catch enough profit from that community or there isnt a steep downline in profit it would be risky to introduce the next FF mmo.