E3 2008: FFXIII For 360, FF Versus XIII Still PS3 Exclusive
Obviously, we're focused on Sony's E3 press conference (it happens tomorrow at 11:30 PST), but a relatively stunning announcement has come from today's Square-Enix conference.
Many journalists and industry insiders may have expected it, but long-time Sony supporters and Square-Enix fans probably didn't want to hear it: Final Fantasy XIII, the next official installment in the legendary role-playing series, will be headed to the Xbox 360 as well as the PlayStation 3. However, during a Q&A session directly following the not-so-shocking revelation, we have learned that FFXIII's counterpart, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, will remain exclusive to Sony's machine. We're not entirely sure why they decided to do this; if there was one title to keep exclusive to the PS3, we would've expected it to be FFXIII and not the spin-off, but this falls in line with Square-Enix's new westward expansion. They've been talking about it for the last year, and if they want to target audiences outside of Japan, they believe they need to embrace the Xbox 360 users. Hence, the first FF to ever find its way to a Microsoft console.
Rumblings of a Final Fantasy VII announcement have been heard throughout E3 already, but we've been told that we'll hear nothing until Square-Enix's private party next month in Japan. However, if something slips in that regard, we'll be sure to let you know...can you imagine if something like Final Fantasy VII-2 gets confirmed as an Xbox 360 exclusive? We anticipate riots...
7/14/2008 Ben Dutka