Square-Enix: FFXIII Story Is Complete
Yeah, yeah, it's going to the Xbox 360 now. But, lest we forget, it is still headed to its original destination, and we honestly believe the PlayStation 3 version will probably still be better, anyway. So here's the latest, RPG aficionados:
According to 1Up, Square-Enix's Yoshinori Kitase has announced that they have completed the storyline for the game, and the team is set to "begin work on the game's Japanese voice recording sessions." Obviously, one hurdle is going to center on the localization process, and Kitase added that, "it definitely helps the localization when youve got a finalized story. Our story is now complete, and we're just about to start the voice casting and recording. Once that's complete, we can really get into the localization process." We're not exactly sure where this puts the game in the development process, but we'd like to think they're further along than initially anticipated. As of now, the game simply has a "TBA 2009" release date for North America, although some sources claim the PS3 version will be available in Japan late this year. By the way, only North America is getting the Xbox 360 version, as far as we know.
If this was just a straightforward action game, finishing the story might not be considered a big step, but we're talking about the next Final Fantasy, here. Story is a gigantic aspect of each and every FF installment, and to have it complete must be a relief for the development team, and open up all sorts of "next-step" doors. Stay tuned for more.
7/18/2008 Ben Dutka