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Monday, 4 August 2008

Final Fantasy XIII: rumour tennis and news wrap-up

Over the weekend, Square-Enix held an event in Japan for their dutiful fans. During the event, the invited few were treated to two separate viewings of the new trailers for FF XIII, FF Versus XIII and FF Agito XIII (the PSP title; mobile version has been scrapped), amongst other things.

Well, when we say 'invited few', what we really mean is hundreds of lucky punters. And we're jealous of each and every single one of them.

So, what was discussed, shown and played during the event? And what has the fallout been from the recent FF XIII X360 version announcement?

1. In March 2009 next year, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children Complete will arrive on Blu-ray. The movie will have a Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII demo on the disk for PS3 only. It will also include a Final Fantasy Agito XIII demo for the PSP.

2. Final Fantasy Versus XIII is going to remain a PS3 exclusive.

3. Development of Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360 is a topic of much discussion, especially in terms of impact on the PS3 edition:

One camp is saying one thing. "We're making the PS3 version first, and then porting to the 360 later.... I'm telling [the development team] to not think about the Xbox 360 right now. We can think about it after the development kits arrive... Right now, we're fully concentrating on the PS3 version." - Motomu Toriyama, Square Enix

And yet we are receiving information more pertinent to Europe that sounds a little distressing. "With the PS3 version complete and hitting Japan in 2009, PS3 gamers in the United States and Europe will have to wait until the Xbox 360 port is done. According to Nomura, his team didn't receive Xbox 360 development kits until a few days ago, so depending on how long it takes the Square Enix team to port the title, the U.S. and Europe may not receive Final Fantasy XIII until 2010." - Justin Pinter, PSU

4. Square-Enix announced a PS3 bundle with the aforementioned Advent Children Complete will also arrive in March 2009, but we think this is probably for Japan only.

5. The title of the Square-Enix event, DKƩ3713, stands for Dissidia, Kingdom Hearts, Sigma Harmonics, Parasite Eve 3rd Birthday, Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 13.

So, that's the complete round up of PS3-related news. We think the development and release schedule arguments, especially when it comes to worldwide release, are going to run and run.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Sean said...

Hey,

I think you have a couple of your facts wrong. Most news sites are reporting that when the Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete Blu-ray Disc is released it will include a FF XIII Demo and the FF XIII Versus & FF Agitio will only be video's. I also haven't heard that the mobile version had been scrapped but only that they were also making a PSP version.

As for the whole US/EU Release of FF XIII is concerned the way I understand it is, they will completely finish the Japanese PS3 version and then begin Localization of the US/EU version while simultaneously working on the XBOX 360 port. So Unfortunately the US/EU PS3 version may be delayed due to the 360 port.

I don't mean to correct you but I am pretty sure that you are a bit off on your reporting.

07 August 2008 17:54  

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