Square Enix shared some big player numbers this week.
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Square Enix's massive MMO, Final Fantasy 14, just continues to grow and grow. During a recent hands-on preview event for Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker, the game's director Naoki Yoshida revealed some fresh player numbers to the public.

Yoshida says that Final Fantasy 14 recently surpassed 24 million players. Not only that, but the game is now the most profitable Final Fantasy game ever released. These announcements come about 11 years after Final Fantasy 14 was first released.

In speaking with the press during this virtual event, Yoshida showed off a chart showing off the player growth of the game over the years. In 2015, Final Fantasy 14 had just 4 million registered players. When the game's third expansion, Stormblood, released in 2017 that number hit 10 million players. Over the next four years, that player count would more than double.

"You all know just how hard things were for us with the original Final Fantasy 14. Since then, we were able to transform the title into one that provides a major contribution to our company's profits.

"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."
For those that do not remember, Final Fantasy 14 had an abysmal launch. The first version of the game was panned by both critics and players alike. Square Enix seemed to agree because they completely took the game down and essentially rebuilt it from the ground up. Thus Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn was, well, born roughly a year after the first release came to an end. The game really started to see player counts increase following good word of mouth and the recent failings of World of Warcraft.