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Square-Enix: Decreased Localization Time For FFXIII

Okay, we understand that many of you are upset about the whole Final Fantasy XIII coming to the Xbox 360 thing, but there are two facts you shouldn't ignore: 1. it's still coming to the PlayStation 3 at the same time, and many believe it'll be the best version, and 2. with Square-Enix working more towards appealing to the Western gaming crowd, their localization efforts, almost by default, must get better. All Japanese RPG fans are well aware of this stumbling block when it comes to finally getting certain titles to leave Japan and arrive on U.S. store shelves. Know your history, gamers.

But according to a Play interview with Square-Enix corporate executive Shinji Hashimoto, we should be seeing FFXIII hit globally in a "fresh state." It seems that the localization "won't be as pronouned" as it usually is for any previous entry in the franchise, and that's good news. Here's what Hashimoto said in the interview:

"Obviously, we announced the title for both the PS3 and 360, so in that sense we’re very excited to be able to appeal to a new user base and to fans that are users of both PS3 and 360. Another thing I’m excited about it that it’s traditionally taken about a year for localisation to take place, so the Japanese version can reach audiences around the world. But with this title we’re focused on decreasing that time gap. That means, right now, we’re not only involved in creating and developing, but also working hard to deliver the title in a fresh state to everyone in the world."

In the past, when someone would ask why we haven't gotten 'insert Square-Enix game here,' the answer would almost inevitably be: "localization issues." Square-Enix is aware of this, though, and they've said in the past they wish to get past this hurdle...even if the new Western focus means developing games for the 360. Yes, the Japanese get FFXIII first - they always get FF titles first - but it seems the rest of the world won't have to wait the customary year...  See, there's a silver lining to everything, folks.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

8/11/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

bobfather
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 12:00:00 PM
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SWEET !!!

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cheng
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 12:07:23 PM
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nice

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SerendipityDeus
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 12:07:31 PM
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I just want it to get here asap I'm dying to play it already lol

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AscientDire
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 1:05:26 PM
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Awesome...after this, I'm really looking forward to White Knight Chronicles. It is coming to US right?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 2:22:29 PM

Damn well better be. ;) It's Level 5 and not Square-Enix, though.

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HUSO
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 1:35:54 PM
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i should get my japanese to english dictionary and catch up on my japanese to play FF13 sooner.

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hydro
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 4:13:06 PM
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Seems to me the reason we'll be getting 13 faster then before, is that they will be translating while they port to the 360. Also, what about Versus? Still no release date, Japan or US. :(

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Minishmaru
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 5:45:15 PM
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I heard they are making a "My Japanese Coach" for the DS...lol I'm hoping it'll help me out XD I really want to understand all those imports that never came out over here...and thats a helluva lot

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AceTatsujin
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 7:48:03 PM
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Waiting for XIII patiently, would love to have Japanese voices with English subtitles ... hate the English voices, some of them don't know how to give emotion.

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vampko
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 1:37:47 PM

Some of them are outright awesome though. Like Dragon Quest VIII, the voices were done very well for that game.

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 11, 2008 @ 11:11:28 PM
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Decreased :D
They probably call a September 2010 release "decreased"

What by two months? :tard:

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