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Final Fantasy XIII Director Says No To DLC, Again

The guy who first suggested DLC for the game once again says plans have been put on hold.

It appears as if Square Enix was indeed planning to push out some downloadable content for Final Fantasy XIII, despite some members of the FFXIII development team dismissing such rumors in the past. But as it stands now, those tentative, not-so-well-guarded plans have been put on permanent hold. 

"We were planning to make some DLC, but that plan wound up not happening," game director Motomu Toriyama has told Japanese mag Famitsu (via Kotaku). He added an apology after breaking the bad news.

According to 1UP, Toriyama's above answer was in response to a question about his own statements, which, back in December 2009, served as early confirmation of FFXIII DLC.   
 
While there's still some question as to when Square Enix decided to obliterate its DLC plans, the director's comments shouldn't strike you as too much of a surprise--the company has been rather wishy-washy in regards to its DLC plans for some time, often dismissing rumors it helped create and spread. 


It's easier if you get it to fight with the kitten thing first, Lightning. 

== TEASER ==FFXIII DLC was first mentioned back in March 2009, when Square Enix told Japanese magazine Dengeki PlayStation that DLC was not in the cards. According to reports, this official word came when the game's narrative elements were finished but its visuals were only at 80 percent.

Later in January 2010 the tune changed. Producer Yoshinori Kitase went on record about DLC with Official PlayStation Magazine. He said, simply, DLC was being prepared and would arrive "a little later in the West," as its development would hurt FFXIII International Edition's development time. Funnily enough, according to Andriasang, Kitase also said in that month's freshly published FFXII Ultima Guide that Square Enix was "not considering [DLC]" after all. How confusing can this get?
 


A PS Blog interview with FFXIII battle director Yuji Abe back in February 2010 jived with Kitase's latter remarks. Abe said that the game was already a "complete package," and added that Square had no plans for DLC. Like Toriyama is doing now, Abe was addressing his own previous comments to the contrary. Abe had went on record before suggesting that cut content could become DLC at some point down the line.

Whew. The bottom line is, as of now, Square Enix won't be putting out DLC for a 60-plus-hour RPG that already takes players from weirdo sci-fi cities to magical fantasy meadows. Unless, of course, it turns around, starts working on and then confirms future DLC (again). Besides, there are enough assets laying around for at least a whole new game anyway, right? Right?
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Posted by KaosAngel
@Horry43: The only real team they have left is Nomura's team, so they aren't gone yet.  Everyone else bailed to Mist Walker, Level-5, or Atlus.
Posted by Greenlight13

What would it even be? Probably more of the Pulse missions (which I still haven't felt compelled to do after finishing the narrative)

Posted by Faint

just let this game die already. other than in terms of graphics, the game is hardly next gen and doesnt offer anything beyond a half decent story and bland (dare i say awful) characters.

Posted by mrfisher

Time to move on.

Posted by His_lane

Hey Nicholson, could you throw a bike at Toriyama for me? Or better yet, just sit outside of Square Enix headquarters and start throwing bikes at everybody.

Posted by Kohlstream

It's a pretty bad time for Square these days, quality wise.

Posted by Hershey07

No surprise, right? 

Posted by ChaosBahamut

Heh, guess it's a case of "Damn'd if you do, damn'd if you don't" when it comes to DLC.
 
Semi-off topic: Still want FFXIII on PC.

Posted by Jalaman

What sort of DLC would they even make for a game like Final Fantasy XIII? It's such a linear game, it's not like putting out DLC for Mass Effect 2. I can't think of anything they could do that would make me want to launch FFXIII again.

Posted by TorMasturba

I'm not really bothered, FF XIII was a thoroughly dismal game except for chapter 13, so if they do release extra content, it better be to add extra villages and nooks and crannies, like even more hard to get secret swords etc, and add some extra corridors to the extremely long corridor that is chapter 1-12, and 14 onwards.

Posted by Geekcore

I'm glad because I don't want to by sub-par DLC so I can keep my S-Rank.

Posted by Shigginator

I suppose that's good. They should just focus on future FF titles and not waste any more time with this one