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E3 2008: Extra Final Fantasy XIII Info

One of the biggest announcements of E3 has already taken place, and before Sony's press conference at 11:30 a.m. PST today. As most of you know, it was during yesterday's Square-Enix conference that it was revealed Final Fantasy XIII would be coming to the Xbox 360. At the same time, we learned that Final Fantasy Versus XIII would remain exclusive to the PlayStation 3, but there's more to report.

First, we'll simply relay a statement from Square-Enix's Shinji Hashimoto that will answer several questions from concerned parties:

"We're ready to start developing FF13 for 360. First, we will complete the game for PS3 in Japan, then begin localization for America and Europe while developing the 360 version simultaneously. The PS3 and 360 versions will be released at the same time outside of Japan -- although, due to language and other conditions, the game may not be released simultaneously across territories."

Now, PS3 owners are painfully aware of the poor ports they've received since the system launched; if a game is developed first for the 360 and then ported over to the PS3, it's usually inferior. Some were wondering about how S-E would go about developing a multiplatform FFXIII, but it seems you needn't be concerned. There's no doubt they're going to optimize this bad boy for the PS3 in addition to making it for the 360 "simultaneously." Furthermore, it has also been confirmed that the 360 version will only release in the U.S. and not in Japan (makes sense, considering the tiny number of 360 systems in Japanese homes), and Japan will get the PS3 version well beforehand. As for when both versions are coming to North America, we still have no release date.

We're still awaiting that big FFVII-related announcement from Square-Enix, but that shouldn't come until next month at the publisher's private party. In the meantime, if more FF news comes out of E3, we'll be sure to let you know about it.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

7/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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ActionJackson
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:10:49 PM
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This is interesting. The good news is, we won't have to worry about a crappy 360 port or anything like that, because they are first developing for the PS3. This is one of the few times when a company first develops for the PS3 THEN ports to the 360.

Anyways, my own biggest worry about it being made for the PS3 is Japan. All I can say is, HA! That's what you get M$, Microsoft has been wanting to penetrate into the Japanese market, which with sweet sweet victory, S-E is not going to be releasing FFXIII in Japan. This would possibly be the #1 biggest win for Microsoft in Japan if this one MASSIVE and EXTREMELY POPULAR title made it to the 360 in Japan. But it doesn't, thankfully, S-E is not bothering even making the version.

So in Japan, the PS3 is still an exclusive. This is going to be the reason why people buy the PS3 in Japan, it will be the system seller there in Japan. It should significantly expand the number of PS3's there. Still a win for Sony, I think. S-E is selling the game in the places where the 360 is already popular.

I am hoping this increases the want for JRPG's and Final Fantasy. Now all it takes is Versus to come by and maybe convert some of those 360 owners to buy the exclusive Versus and the PS3, I am hoping. Final Fantasy was, and probably always will be associated with the Play Station brand. So I can't only help but think that anything that s good for FF is good for Sony.

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Mystearica
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:15:35 PM
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LOLOL SEE I TOLD YOU GUYS!!! Hopefully the 360 "timed exclusives" will come on the PS2. I always hated S-E... but honestly, what is Sony doing?

They just lost their potentially strongest exclusive... hell I'm thinking of not getting a PS3 now at all

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:16:55 PM

I'd say that MGS4, Resistance 2, Killzone 2, Gran Turismo 5, Warhawk, the Ratchet and Clank franchise, SOCOM, and more are plenty good enough reasons to own a PS3. And that's not including non-software reasons...

Besides, I get the sneaking suspicion that the PS3 version of FFXIII will be better than the 360 version, anyway.

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Tatsujin
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:20:30 PM

You kidden me? Ben, that's merly half the list :P

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Mystearica
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:19:05 PM
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^Doesn't matter really - how much "extra" and "download-able" content could there be? Loading lag time? Slight improvement in graphics etc... doesn't really make a difference to most people. I bet you the FFVII news will be just as disappointing.


EDITING: to add to what I meant... honestly speaking Sony doesn't have much EXCLUSIVE THIRD PARTY support... so this is a GIANT slap in Sony's face!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:48:31 PM

Maybe. But what are the 360's exclusive third-party titles...? Ones that are definitely going to last, I mean?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:23:42 PM
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This is actually very bad news. Beginning development of the X360 version while localizing the PS3 version will surely spell a delay of some sort. At the rate FFXIII's development is moving, I don't expect to see it until late 2009/early 2010.

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Tatsujin
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:22:04 PM

Agreed.... Fuck, Xbox always fucks something up.. Oh well, good news is... I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Gieco :D (Lol, not really -.-)

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Jed
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 7:48:20 AM

you got it man, that $hit is gonna take forever. lol tatsujin

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ActionJackson
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:31:25 PM
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@Mystearica: ....You shouldn't whine as much. The game was primarily developed for the PS3. Which means they are treating it as a PS3 game at first, then simply porting it over to the 360. The game is optimized fully for the PS3, and was first made for it. What's going to happen, and this is the first time this is going to happen, is they are going to have to go through some aches and pains porting a PS3 game to the 360, which has a significantly different architecture.

The PS3 game will not suffer, despite the fact that Final fantasy is going cross-platform, it is still pretty obvious that FF is still a Playstation game first, and a 360 game....as an afterthought. XD

I mean, look at the trailers, the game was made for the PS3, I honestly am just WAITING for them to announce sometime in the future that a 360 port is not possible, they'll probably have to split the game into several different discs and try to pigeonhole the very different PS3 architecture into the 360 architecture.

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why you can't buy the game for the PS3 simply because it is also coming out for the 360. XD

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aaronisbla
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:00:14 PM
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"There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why you can't buy the game for the PS3 simply because it is also coming out for the 360. XD"

Quoted for truth. The only bad news about this is like Arnold said, since they are going for a simultaneous release in the states, the ps3 version will be delayed because of it.

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Mystearica
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:07:15 PM
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Not whining really... was expecting it *but hoping deep down it won't happen*... just pissed that it happened so soon after the "timed 360 exclusives" have been announced.


"There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why you can't buy the game for the PS3 simply because it is also coming out for the 360. XD"

^REALLY???? LOL... anywayz I'm looking at the bigger picture and the trends that are happening recently. Yes the PS3 is selling - remember the PS3 sales rate went up with MGS4's release which is an exclusive!

But news like this sparks doubt among the undecided and as it stands the 360 is stronger - game-wise... Final Fantasy is a BIG title and I doubt any gamer hasn't heard of this. So the impact of this news will spread greatly. Other GREAT titles for example like Uncharted hardly have the "publicity" and "cult" as FF (even though it is a great game).

In addition, what do you think other companies will think about this? Sony needs to keep more well known exclusives to itself because as it stands in front of the general public - the 360 got more games and it's "cheaper" (yes, the quotes are there for a reason). More buyers of a certain console = companies developing for them because of $$. Yes, yes it's all about the $$ in the ending.

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Tatsujin
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:23:39 PM
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I just wanna know... FFXIII Has been in the works for A VERY LONG TIME... and by long, I mean years and years ago... How many gigs does it use up? I doubt it is ANYWHERE under 25 gigs... How the hell are they going to compress that to 9gigs or however much Xbox Cd's can hold... Answers please?

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Zapix
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:32:44 PM

lol, as I told a friend earlier...

PS3 Version: 1 billion gb install, will take 12 hours of your time.

360 Version: No install needed, 10 discs to swap and loading time

Obviously not real, but I can almost assure you the PS3 version will have an install, the 360 won't... LOL

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Tatsujin
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:39:16 PM

Lol, I see what you mean!!! I rather have the install rather than that damn CD Swap... You don't know HOW many times I accidently turned off the power on my PS1 when I kept swaping my discs for FFVII... Worst part is I never saved before I swaped, Did it like 30 times :( Those damn Power/Reset and Open buttons are all the same, they are a huge blob -.- Oh well, over that now :D

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Jed
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 7:55:25 AM

I dont know, when I was playing mgs4 I would rather swap the disc than wait for another 5 minute install.

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 8:25:35 AM

The installs are a one-time thing man... Think about it, install and play--you won't have to reinstall everything -.- Unless... you somehow.. delete installations... kinda like I did, damn me _._

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Zapix
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 9:14:05 AM

LOL, MGS4 installs are endless. You install the act you're playing, removing the previous one. Kind of annoying for ppl who play through it more than once, but I guess it's better than sucking up 10gb or something.

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bdizzle
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:34:42 PM
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This is the worst kind of news possible. The quality of this game is going to suffer severely just like every other multi-plat POS. Ghostbusters already is being dumbed down so the PS3 and the XBox version will be the same. The list continues: GTA4, TFU (most likely), Fallout. While these games will probably be good, they won't take advantage of the PS3 and be phenomenal like MGS4. MGS set the standard in visuals and gameplay that NO multi-plat will ever achieve. For one reason, it is not designed for the PS3. I don't really care about FF13 now. I may buy it used from gamestop so SE doesn't make a dime off me. I did the same thing with every multiplat.

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Tatsujin
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:43:11 PM
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Well I am not mad that it is a multi-plat... What ever helps Square Enix grow is fine... And once agian, lets not forget... Sony owns more than 20% of Square Enix, who care eh? :)

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fatchad420
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 12:07:29 AM
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protip: FFXIII is going to get dumbed down for PS3 so that its 360 port will look identical. Otherwise, MS would throw a bitchfit, and i'm sure they paid enough to buy a small country for this grab.

This is why exclusivity is good, it keeps games from being made to the standard of the lowest common hardware denominator. Hooray for the 360 holding back game development for the PS3 that actually makes use of what's under the hood.

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NiteKrawler
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 12:14:51 AM
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The way I feel about it is, after time as Ben said, there will be no more 3rd party exclusives. I've always stuck with Sony for many reasons, not just games. The ps3 is so versatile that I'm sure non-gamers are buying it for everything else it can do. All in all, yes the 3rd party exclusives were great to have, but as they are now dying out rapidly, we should put our focus on their 1st party software. I for one am very excited for LittleBigPlanet because it promises to be a very refreshing experience with an infinite amount of fun. I believe that Sony will continue to put out the best 1st party software which, in my opinion, will be what really matters in the long run.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 12:24:50 AM
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I don't think there's anything wrong with multiplatform releases provided one of them isn't a port. Dedicating the time to optimizing the game for each targeted platform is essential, and if they do that, I think everyone will be happy.

There wasn't anything wrong with either the PS3 or 360 version of GTAIV, and that's because Rockstar took the extra time to NOT gimp the PS3 version. We should all be very happy about that. And because S-E has been using FFXIII as the debut platform - in terms of development - for years, I seriously doubt we'll see an inferior PS3 version. If anything, we'll see an inferior 360 version.

But once developers have a firm grasp on the PS3, it won't be such a strain to develop games specifically for each platform. Ports between machines will stop, and everything will be simultaneously produced for multiple platforms. That's how I see it going down.

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Mystearica
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 12:47:38 AM
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It sounds good how everything will be simultaneously released and "yay, we're all happy"

Then what's stopping the average consumer from buying a "cheaper" console with more games as of now on it? And where the consumers go, suppliers follow. I don't like the trend I'm seeing lately. I just hope I'm wrong.

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Dan
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 2:18:53 AM
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I'm gonna learn japanese so I would buy the japanese version. I don't think I can wait till they localize it. :P
Anyway, there might me be some good news about this.
Think about it for a sec, square always tries to take the ability of a console to the limit. So this can probably show if the PS3's capability is much better than the Xbox.

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Jed
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 8:01:00 AM

I hope you're right, but what if they hold back on the ps3 version so it does'nt look too much better?

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daylight_dies
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 7:07:29 AM
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i wish that us ps3 owners could get games like lost oddesy and blue dragon.. I really wanted to play those games! Would possibly go some way to make up for the fact we lost FF13 as an exclusive...

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 7:41:09 AM
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I dun care about any of this! All I want is my FFXIII and my LBP and some Home and im good :)

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 9:06:45 AM
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thanks ssquare for releasing this on x360

ah i love ff (exept ff x-2 and ff12)

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Cavan
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 9:35:12 AM
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can you answere me please then ben. if FF13 on the xbox is coming over to europe then, it said only in america, and with it being region locked, it might not even be that bigger blow if its only one region, it will still be ps3 exclusive for the rest of the world.

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:20:54 AM
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@ben
[quote="Ben Dutka PSXE"]Maybe. But what are the 360's exclusive third-party titles...? Ones that are definitely going to last, I mean?[/quote]

360 exclusive?
Lost Odyssey --> very good RPG IMO
Ace Combat 6
Blue Dragon -> i have nor played it
Eternal sonata (for now) --> good RPG

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 12:38:12 PM

Played Lost Odyssey and loved it. Ace Combat 6 may not qualify as a blockbuster "AAA" title. I actually didn't like Blue Dragon. Eternal Sonata has been confirmed for the PS3 in NA. ;)

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Sighmon8x
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:31:30 AM
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I think S-E are smart enough not to drag down the PS3 version of FFXIII, even if Microsoft has a bitchfit over it. If anything, I think they will just do a cruddy laggy version of it for the 360 with uber loading times, which will probably be so compressed that graphically it would probably match a PS2 Tekken. Seriously, I think the PS3's superiority to the 360 is gonna allow it to even emulate it one day.

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Sighmon8x
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:31:30 AM
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I think S-E are smart enough not to drag down the PS3 version of FFXIII, even if Microsoft has a bitchfit over it. If anything, I think they will just do a cruddy laggy version of it for the 360 with uber loading times, which will probably be so compressed that graphically it would probably match a PS2 Tekken. Seriously, I think the PS3's superiority to the 360 is gonna allow it to even emulate it one day.

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SilverSenshi
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:54:56 AM
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The inevitable petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/ffstate1/petition.html

Petitions seem popular these days.

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Birdman
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 1:00:37 PM
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God that sucks..
FFXIII for the 360, is ghey
don't get me wrong, i'm happy that you guys finally will get a FF title

but i'm just glad, FFVXIII is still ours..

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Zapix
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:47:10 PM
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Not even a used dirty bone thrown at us for Versus, but the 360 got a brand spanking new trailer for FFXIII which was claimed to not be a part of E3. I'd say that's like rubbing salt in the open wound. Oh, but of course Sony was nice enough to mention Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X. We advertise for them, but no biscuit for Versus today, or as Arnold was hoping, mention of a Final Fantasy VII remake. Nothing, nadda.

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:01:55 PM
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Side note - that trailer, made for the PS3, probably used a PS3 for the presentation, so why not PS3 exclusive?

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orangpelupa
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 8:21:26 AM
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@ffgamera
does the 360 have a cell broadband engine with 8 synchronised processors?
> x360 have 3 PPE @ 3.2 GHz IBM PowerPC CPU. while PS3 only have 1 PPE. but ps3 have 6 SPE (1 SPE reserved for GameOS)
PPE is faster than SPE. SPE is like co-processor. altough its slow, but PS3 have many of it (six of them) so ps3 is powerfull in multitaskting.

does the 360 have blu-ray?
> x360 not have it. but it can do multiple disc

does the 360 have a reality synthesizer video chip?
>no, but X360 have Faster Graphic chip from ATi. its the ATi Xenos (R600) with Unified Shader, fast 10 MiB eDram, 512MB shared RAM,(ps3 only have 256MB for Graphic) and many more.

and does the ps3 overheat?
>ps3 not overheat, x360 not overheat. x360 broken because a fatal design flaw :D

my pc run a lot hotter than x360 and its still OK. x360 is just badly designed.

everyone should know that the 360 can barely manage good graphics, and keeping cool, do they actually think that the 360 is better in terms of hardware?
> yes, in terms of graphic power in procedural rendering (the current rendering method, sorry if the name wrong) X360 is faster than PS3.

PS3 is slower than x360 in graphic processor.

BUT, when the game developer has changed the rendering method to Ray Tracing. PS3 will show its fang. (its the power of IBM CELL Processor)


thats what my knowledge tell me, so sorry if im wrong, but im just want to stay neutural and telling the fact and truth.
thanks

a good quote from neowin forum
Efficiency Factor: It will take Xenos 1 generation to output Max theoritical Graphics and it will take around 3 generations for RSX to generate Max theoretical Graphics.

in the long run, PS3 will beat X360

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