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Rumor: FFXIII Hits Japan In December

Square-Enix certainly has been in the news a lot lately, but they haven't been saying anything too exciting. All we really know is that Final Fantasy XIII should be at this year's E3 and at the publisher's private party event in August. However, the game won't be playable at either venue, so it has been up to Internet gossip to get the rumor mill going.

Thanks to a supposed EA employee posting over at the NeoGAF forums, a number of rumors have popped up concerning FFXIII, and if they're true, the news is significant. First up, the game actually has an approximate Japanese release date of December, which we find hard to believe and would be way ahead of schedule. Furthermore, we keep hearing about how Square-Enix wants to expand westward and appeal more to the Western gamer; what's the point of repeating the past by releasing your biggest next-gen title only for Japan this year? Well, anywho, the other rumor is that the game will finally be playable at the Tokyo Game Show in September, which again, may or may not be true. We'd love to get our hands on a playable demo, but it appears we're definitely going to have to wait either way.

According to the EA employee, FFXIII won't release in North America or Europe until "later in the fiscal year due to localization issues." That's all very well and good, but we still don't understand how this gels with Square-Enix's clear business stance for the new generation. Then again, maybe it's all true, which means RPG fans might try their hand at importing FFXIII this Christmas...

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XII

6/19/2008 Ben Dutka

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John Shoemaker
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 11:16:46 PM
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We can only hope. Won't see it in the states till, hopefully, February.

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PilarVIRUS
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:06:04 AM
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Cool

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Tatsujin
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:49:47 AM
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-Shrug- They can take theyre time on this game... I still need more time to finish a lot of these games I have here =/ My brother beat MGS4 last week! I still didn't even get through the first chapter!!! Geeeeeezee I need more time off work =(

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Zapix
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 3:25:57 AM
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"but we still don't understand how this gels with Square-Enix's clear business stance for the new generation." - In the very same way they've decided to release the xbox360 version of Last Remenant first, instead of making some 360 users cry and say "oh, btw, because we want a single worldwide release..." SE is not taking their own words and ideas seriously it would seem, if this is indeed true that is.

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Mystearica
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 12:06:52 AM
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---> 2010 <---

I'm expecting it then ^_____^

Both titles were initially announced in 2006 I believe - so 4 years that's 2010. Think about it - since their announcement of the titles we've seen like 2 min of footage that's it! Nothing - no details, "approximate" release dates... nothing

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Elfen-Lied
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 11:24:37 AM
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Go Mystearica!!!

That is the most logical thing I have seen any one say about this game in a long time :P

I was going to say late 2009, but yeah 2010 is a good guess, too :) We just have to wait, though.

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vampko
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 8:30:24 PM
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well, square can be tricky and ninja about their titles sometimes. While we may see only 2 mins of footage, they may already have 2 hours completed, or even more. I actually doubt it will take till 2010 for it to come out in North America. Dec of 08 may very well be the release date for japan. I remember reading somewhere a while back that was their schedule: 08 dec for Japan, 09 dec for US.

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deeksy23
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 8:34:35 AM
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i wanna play a new ff bad .. i love these games it would b nice if they hurried up and released it

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