FFXIII European release within a year after Japanese
Square Enix has plans to release Final Fantasy XIII, probably the most anticipated game to come out from the land of the rising sun this generation, within a year after the Japanese launch, which should arrive within the next twelve months.
Speaking to VideoGamer, they highlighted that traditionally they finish off the Japanese game, launch it, and then localise the game for other regions, with Europe seeing a release around a year later, or six months after North America.
Producer Yoshinori Kitase states that apparently they have already starting English voice recordings:
Traditionally the Final Fantasy numbered series, it takes about half a year between the release in Japan and the release in North America, and another half a year before it’s released in Europe. But we would like to minimise this, this time.Â For example we have already started recording English voices, and also the text localisation has been in progress, too. Normally we complete the Japanese version first, then move on to the US and EU versions, but this time there are some tasks that are happening simultaneously. So this time we’re hoping to release sooner than a year later than the Japanese release.
It would be a very good thing if Square EnixÂ can pull this off with a minimal gap between releases, but we will have to see for ourselves if they achieve it.
No doubt we will be hearing more about the game, and hopefully seeing more of it too at this years E3 early next month.
And for your information, Sony’s press conference is in exactly 28 days time, that’s in four weeks!