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