FFVII: AC Blu-Ray Compatible With NA PS3s, English Voices Included
Okay, Final Fantasy fans, clarification time.
As most of you already know, the Blu-Ray version of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children releases in April in Japan, and it'll feature an extra 25 minutes of new scenes plus all-new cinematography. It will also ship with a playable demo of Final Fantasy XIII, which was the biggest part of this announcement at E3 last year. But some of you have asked whether or not this Japanese release will have English voices, and if it will even play on North American PS3s. Well, Siliconera and FinalFantasyXIII.net have provided the answer: it's "yes" to both questions. As an additional note of intrigue, Blu-Ray region coding isn't the same as DVD; while the latter has 6 different regions, Blu-Ray only has A, B, and C. The good news is that both North America and Japan fall under the "A" classification, so all Blu-Ray discs released in either region will play in the other region, too. Therefore, if you do plan on importing this bad boy, don't you be concerned about any of this; everything will all work out just fine. ...even if you do hate Square-Enix.
Personally, I'm honestly considering an import. I have the movie on DVD, of course, but the idea of this CGI masterpiece on Blu-Ray...well, it kinda gives me chills.
2/20/2009 Ben Dutka