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Final Fantasy XIII in 2010

If you don't live in Japan, you've got more than a year before you'll be playing Final Fantasy XIII.

2010. Deal with it.
It seems like I've been hearing more and more speculation about the various international release dates for Final Fantasy XIII lately, though Square Enix president Yoichi Wada set the record straight in a financial call in Tokyo today. After revealing that the Japanese game publisher has been thus far unaffected by our Current Economic Situation, Wada stated that FFXIII would be hitting Japan in 2009, though the rest of the world would have to wait until April 2010 or later. No specifics about the relative release dates for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were given.

This seems pretty well in line with how Square has launched past Final Fantasy games, though considering the company's publicly stated agenda of wanting to court both Western developers and players, I find the release gap a little bit surprising. Of course, if you simple cannot wait to explore the gleaming world of Fabuloso Crystal Marvalis or whatever, there's no region encoding on the PlayStation 3, though there's still that little issue of everything being in Japanese.
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Posted by Ryan
2010. Deal with it.
It seems like I've been hearing more and more speculation about the various international release dates for Final Fantasy XIII lately, though Square Enix president Yoichi Wada set the record straight in a financial call in Tokyo today. After revealing that the Japanese game publisher has been thus far unaffected by our Current Economic Situation, Wada stated that FFXIII would be hitting Japan in 2009, though the rest of the world would have to wait until April 2010 or later. No specifics about the relative release dates for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were given.

This seems pretty well in line with how Square has launched past Final Fantasy games, though considering the company's publicly stated agenda of wanting to court both Western developers and players, I find the release gap a little bit surprising. Of course, if you simple cannot wait to explore the gleaming world of Fabuloso Crystal Marvalis or whatever, there's no region encoding on the PlayStation 3, though there's still that little issue of everything being in Japanese.
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Edited by Jawshua

Looks like I'll be driving in my flying car to go get this..

Posted by Endogene

Saw this one coming from far far away.

Posted by OmegaPirate

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Posted by zhinse

those mother fuckers. i was really betting at the end of this year, but i should've known. 2010 is such an abstract number of the future.

Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud

Where is the news about Versus though?  That's the Final Fantasy game I want to play.

Posted by Bucketdeth

Damnnn, thanks Square.

Posted by Kush

Anyone who didn't see this coming is...well, they're not too bright.

Posted by SmugDarkLoser

Wait.  So announced 2005? and released 2010?
Ahh... the 360 announcement was what started my waiting (didnt have a ps3 at the time).  So in reality it's going to be a normal wait for me.

So in 2010 ther'es going to be Final Fantasy 13 and Bungie's new game (the one after recon).  Freaking awesome

Posted by Shinryu

It's times like these i love the fact that i have a japanese 360

Posted by Elazul

Well if Wada says 2010 than I guess that means it should be out by the end of 2012...

Posted by suneku

No surprise... just sad it's still so damn far away.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Bullshit gone wild... Eh...

Posted by KamasamaK
Kush said:
"Anyone who didn't see this coming is...well, they're not too bright."
QFT

Shinryu said:
"It's times like these i love the fact that i have a japanese 360"
That won't help.
Posted by RawShark

At least there's a game to look forward to in 2010 now, I guess.

Posted by PufferFiz
Shinryu said:
"It's times like these i love the fact that i have a japanese 360"
except for it is not coming out in japan on the 360...
Posted by pause422
Kush said:
"Anyone who didn't see this coming is...well, they're not too bright."
Yeah exactly. This is definitely not any news, anyone that had a slight thought that it was coming out in 09 is honestly just stupid.
Posted by PercyChuggs

Final Fantasy is the RPG equivalent of Madden. Shoot, Square takes fewer chances and makes fewer changes to their FF games than EA does with Madden. It's Final Fantasy. Same cast of cookie cutter characters, same romantic sub-plots, same horribly boring combat.

Posted by LordAndrew
Stephen_Von_Cloud said:
"Where is the news about Versus though?  That's the Final Fantasy game I want to play."
I guess you'll have to wait till 2012 or something.
Posted by JJOR64

Poop.

Posted by imayellowfellow

GOD what if the ff13 universe sucks

between this and versus, we mite have to deal with the 13 mythos for a good 3-4 years before hoping for a different universe

Posted by Abram03

Man, I must be gettin' old and jaded . . . years ago, this would have had me jumping with excitement -- now I just don't care!  I tell ya, the Japanese really need to do something new in terms of character and design.  I mean, I know there's archetypes and stuff, but does everybody have to be a willowy, spikey-haired emo or a hyper bubbly 15 year-old girl? 

Posted by RHCPfan24

Ugh. That is awhile from now. Oh well, I will be still playing Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3 until then.

Posted by Hector

Sigh....

Posted by dsplayer1010

Doubt it will even be out by then

Edited by Seventh

I wonder if anyone other than myself is getting sick and tired of the same crap from Square. I mean, i love most final fantasies but shit this is friggin ridiculous and just makes me not want to play.  In the meantime, im keeping myself fantasy-less with some RE5, Killzone 2 and a slew of DLC's coming out.

Edit: Just read your comment, Abram03. So true lol

Posted by TripMasterMunky

I can wait.

Posted by lordofultima

Well, Star Ocean is like next month. I can live with the wait.

Posted by Johanz

Well, Final Fantasy hasn't been good in years so. I can wait. :P

Edited by MordeaniisChaos

This is why I find it so hard to support Japanese developers, their even worse with this shit then western devs are. I mean, really? Are they still really xenophobic or are they just being mean? Goddamnit I am pissed and I've never even played Final Fantasy, this game was supposed to get me into it. But nooooooo >.< Now I have to wait till effing 2010??

"So in 2010 ther'es going to be Final Fantasy 13 and Bungie's new game (the one after recon).  Freaking awesome"
You forgot the king of them all, EPISODE 3!! And maybe Portal 2!

Posted by Shadow

Damn...Jeremy Dunnham (or how ever you spell that) strikes again.  He predicted that less than a week ago.

Edited by Rayfield

Man, how quick did this thread go from "Oh damn that sucks" to "ANYONE WHO WASN'T 100% SURE THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN IS ONE DUMB FUCK. GOD I HATE YOU".

Posted by zitosilva

This year gap is due to what? Localization or porting it to the 360? I was wondering if there's any chance at all that it would have english language in it, since until months ago the western and eastern release were going to be at the same time... but I'm probably dreaming.

Posted by John1912

Man this game better be worth the wait.  I get the feeling that this is going to be one of the crap FF games I dont like.  They seem to fuck every other game up since FF7. 

Posted by Matches_Malone

That's fine really. I need this year to play last years' games. The holidays really pounded us with high profile titles. For some, 2009 will be a year of catch-up. My 360 red-ringed right before Christmas holidays so I couldn't play anything, and with a brand new PS3 in my life, my options have expanded.

Posted by wait

sigh this was supposed to get me into the final fantasy craze and this game looking REALLY good in design is a plus, but if the date is so pushed back i don't think i'm really going to care about Final Fantasy 13 when april of 2010 rolls around cause something called life will take up a whole lot of my time come 2010 sigh my job sucks

Posted by 0CEL0T
Posted by ArbitraryWater

Did anyone actually think that this game would reach the US by this year? Square has a track record of this exact thing. Of course, I won't be playing this game anyways since every Square game after the SNES era is a bunch of recycled junk with a new coat of paint.

Posted by gla55jAw

i guess my ps3 will continue to be my blu ray player while i play all my games on my 360...boo

Posted by Xcessive

fuck... only thing im looking foward to this year now is killzone..
whats the closest JRPG title relesed this year? on PS3
n e suggestions i wanna get my grind on.

Posted by zitosilva
Xcessive said:
"fuck... only thing im looking foward to this year now is killzone..
whats the closest JRPG title relesed this year? on PS3
n e suggestions i wanna get my grind on."
I guess it is White Knight Chronicles. Maybe.
Posted by TFG

GG Square

I'm gonna guess that we won't see it until Xmas near the end of 2010.
2 Year for the loss. ( if i'm right.)

Posted by Da_Muffin_Man

This pretty much sums up my feelings...


Posted by ImperiousRix

Oh well.  At least this gives me time to play some of the old FF games I missed out on.  Was planning on getting IV and maybe III for the DS.
Can't wait to play this, though.

Posted by vidiot

Excuse me? What was all that about how the localization time being incredibly faster than before? What was all that about how the 360 development time would have no effect on the games release? How about moving the Versus team to work on XIII? Did that? Oh, you did?

I can see it now. They delay the game for a holiday 2010 release.

Great. Oh, an Versus? Hah! I think about 2012 would be about right.

I would like to also remind everyone that it's been roughly four years since the game was announced and apart from some incredibly small glances and speculation:
We really have no idea on HOW IT PLAYS!!!!!

Edited by Da_Muffin_Man

FF13 was announced wayyyy too early. I think it would've been more realistic of Square to announce the game last  year. Especially when you consider how much longer we have to wait.

Seriously Square, just... seriously. sigh :(

Posted by SavoyPrime

Good grief! The damn PS4 and Xbox 720 will be on the horizon by then. XD

Posted by Meteora

This sucks for waiting, but I'd rather take a polished Final Fantasy game than a rushed product and be disappointed. Looks like they're heading for Blizzard Entertainment's way of developing games; release it when they feel like it (i.e. when it's done and ready).

Well I can wait, I suppose this year's highlight will be COD:MW2 for me. Last year was GTA IV and the year before was COD4. FFXIII for 2010.

Posted by floorswine

Son of a bitch!!!

Saw it coming, but it still isn't any easier to accept.

Posted by HiroSeven

Meteora said:

"This sucks for waiting, but I'd rather take a polished Final Fantasy game than a rushed product and be disappointed. Looks like they're heading for Blizzard Entertainment's way of developing games; release it when they feel like it (i.e. when it's done and ready).

Well I can wait, I suppose this year's highlight will be COD:MW2 for me. Last year was GTA IV and the year before was COD4. FFXIII for 2010."

I agree, true SE has done this in the past, but they've came out with a good product in the end and I'm sure FFXIII will be awesome.

There are alot of games to play until then, so I'm not worried at all.

Take your time SE, but not 'too' much time.

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