Final Fantasy 16 DLC brings 140% player count surge to PS5 exclusive

Final Fantasy XVI The Rising Tide's PS5 player count surge shows us that there are still plenty of RPG fans eager to spend more time in Clive Rosfield's world.

Final Fantasy 16 DLC brings 140% player count surge to PS5 exclusive
Lee Brady

Lee Brady


With 13 new Final Fantasy XVI trophies to snap up and a free patch that fixes one of the big problems I pointed out in my Final Fantasy XVI review, the launch of Final Fantasy XVI's final DLC The Rising Tide makes a solid case for revisiting the PS5 exclusive. So, it's good news then that fans have clearly been paying attention, with Final Fantasy XVI The Rising Tide's PS5 player count showing a massive 140% bump in active players following the new DLC launch.

Final Fantasy XVI DLC launch brings big PS5 player count boost

According to our exclusive data from a sample of over 3.1 million active PS5 and PS4 players (courtesy of GameInsights), Final Fantasy XVI saw a 140.39% player count boost following the launch of The Rising Tide DLC (data from week ending Sunday, April 21, 2024). The player count boost was enough to bring FFXVI back into the top 40 of our PlayStation Chart after having fallen as low as the #70 spot the week before.
Last week gifted fans with two major Final Fantasy XVI updates to be excited about. The first was the release of Final Fantasy XVI The Rising Tide on Thursday, April 18, 2024 — the second of two major DLC expansions for the game. The second was the release of Final Fantasy XVI's platinum trophy patch, which helped make the game's trophy hunting considerably less tedious.

Between both updates, it seems loads of PS5 players have decided it's time to return to this excellent action RPG. I know that I've certainly enjoyed returning to the game to play The Rising Tide's story and to find out what happened to Leviathan, the lost Eikon. Plus, I can't express in words how much I love the new Quick Complete feature, which is helping to cut out some unnecessary busy work in the game's new side missions.
Granted, the majority of Final Fantasy fans on PS5 were still enjoying the more recent release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth last week. By comparison, FFVII Rebirth still had 100.66% more PS5 players than Final Fantasy XVI following The Rising Tide's launch. Still, it's great to see that Clive's adventures in Valisthea can still draw significant attention from PlayStation RPG fans almost a year on from the game's launch in 2023.

We still think FFXVI is one of the best PS5 games around, and now with The Rising Tide's launch, the game has just got even better. Have you checked out this PS5 exclusive just yet? Have you been enjoying The Rising Tide's expanded story? Let us know down in the comments below.

Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 3.1 million active PlayStation accounts (not just TrueTrophies accounts). Chart information is copyright GameInsights. Regarding this data:
  • When an account opens a game, this is registered as a game being played. Accounts can only register a game once per week.
  • Our data is good for suggesting general trends — we represent this using percentages, not numbers.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Sonic, Kingdom Hearts). A PlayStation fan since childhood, he loves nothing more than to scrutinize PS Plus and PS5 player data.
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