When Sony launched the PSOne Originals on the PlayStation Network, they should have released the seminal RPG Final Fantasy VII immediately, but they didn’t. However, the publisher did finally get around to releasing the 1997 classic on June 2 of this month, and in the two weeks that followed, it was downloaded over 100,000 times. At $9.99 (a complete steal), that means that Sony just made a cool million dollars—and that’s just in the first couple of weeks the game was available.
Is this shocking? Not at all. In fact, I’ve been saying that Sony should do this for ages. This makes me hopeful that Final Fantasy VIII and IX will come to the PSN at a reasonable price as well; even though I have copies of both, I’d love to download them and play them on my PSP. I’m also glad to see Sony’s continued support of PS1 classics, as someone who very much enjoys games from that era. It makes me happy that people can get past the dated graphics and continue to enjoy this wonderful, wonderful game. I predict it will be a while before a faster-selling PS1 title makes its way to the PSN.