Final Fantasy XIII - why we're happy it's on the 360
Some of you may have been rocked today by the news that Final Fantasy XIII will be available on the Xbox 360.
Some of you may be slightly happier now that Square Enix have confirmed Final Fantasy Versus XIII will stay a PS3 exclusive.
I, on the other hand, am not worried in the slightest.
If by putting FF XIII, which by all accounts has cost an obscene amount of money to create, on the Xbox 360 means that FF XIV will see the light of day, then so be it.
Despite growing faster than the PS2, the PS3 sits with a user base that runs to 'just' 13 million. The Xbox 360 is enjoyed by over 19 million people. Sure, the PS3 is catching the X360 fast despite an almost two-year head start, but at this stage in its lifecycle the user base is still small for publishers like Square Enix.
The PS2 went on to sell over 117 million units (and is still selling!), so the future is looking great for the PS3. Sony only need a smal percentage of 'churn' to make the PS3 much more succesful that Microsoft's console. But this decision, announced at E3 during the Microsoft keynote, will help secure a payback for Square Enix that they simply would not have achieved with the PS3 alone.
Many people forget that Square have already gone down the bankrupcy path once before. If by making their flagship game available to over twice the audience ensures the new Square Enix company survive the same fate, then I'm happy.
Even if the Xbox 360 version will come on 6 discs (Ed: had to get one dig in there - sorry).