Final Fantasy 16 big discount leads to massive 36% player spike on PS5

Multiple stores and outlets have delivered heavy discounts for Final Fantasy XVI during the Black Friday sale 2023, bringing a spike in PS5 players to the RPG.

Final Fantasy 16 big discount leads to massive 36% player spike on PS5
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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There has been a significant uptick in the number of players hunting Final Fantasy XVI trophies lately, which might come across as a little peculiar to readers given the game hasn't received any DLC or updates since September 2023. That said, once you see how deep the discounts have been for Final Fantasy XVI in the Black Friday sale 2023, it all becomes pretty obvious why so many people are suddenly checking out one of the best PS5 exclusives to date.

FFXVI sees PS5 player spike following 50% Black Friday price drop

Using gameplay data from 3.2 million active PSN accounts (courtesy of our partnership with GameInsights), we noticed that FFXVI has been seeing a considerable rise in active PS5 players over the last two weeks. Between Sunday, November 12, 2023 and Sunday, November 26, 2023, Final Fantasy XVI has seen a 36.03% rise in PS5 players — a pretty significant jump for a game that's been out for over five months now.
Despite Final Fantasy XVI getting snubbed at The Game Awards 2023 recently, it seems the appeal of this RPG remains strong with PS5 players, many of whom were likely just holding out for a significant price drop. Mercifully, the PS Store obliged with a 40% price reduction kicking off on Friday, November 17, 2023 and ending on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.

However, even better discounts for the game were to be found away from the PS Store — particularly on sites like Amazon, where players can still (at the time of writing) purchase Final Fantasy XVI with a discount ranging from 44% to 57% (depending on region). I had no problem recommending the game at full price in my Final Fantasy XVI review, but with a discount ranging from $34.65 / £29.99 / 44,99€, it's an absolute steal.

FF16 salesSpotted on the Amazon UK site.

Honestly, I'm relieved to see more people checking out what is easily one of the best PS5 games of the year. There have been some real stand-out releases in 2023, and I would count Final Fantasy XVI among them even if I did have a few petty problems with its additional content. Did you pick up a copy of the game over the Black Friday sales? Let us know down in the comments below.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Astro Bot), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic). A PlayStation fan for over 25 years, he loves replaying classic games via PS Plus.
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