FFXIII Update: Story Complete, Graphics at 80%, No DLC
There was a time when the idea of "downloadable content" seemed both silly and magical. And while many old-school RPG fans will simply say, "eh, we don't need DLC," it may be disappointing to learn that Final Fantasy XIII may be without extra content.
According to the unofficial FFXIII site, the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine has some new info on the hotly anticipated RPG. First off, it says the developers have completed the Story campaign and the graphics are "around 80% complete." As of now, they're working on honing and refining the game's combat mechanic, and that any screenshots or videos you've seen thus far are all from "older builds of the game," and they've gone past that point now. But when asked about possible downloadable content for the game, they said there aren't currently any such plans. Some may call this a step backwards, especially considering the apparent need for DLC in this new generation; gamers have already gotten used to the concept of extra goodies soon after a title releases. But it doesn't appear as if Square-Enix will indulge you.
For our part, we don't need DLC for FFXIII. It might be nice, but we really don't want developers to get to the point where they can rely on DLC to make a game better...we want the game to be as awesome as humanly possible when it launches. Like in the old days. Plain and simple. FFXIII, if you've forgotten, is still on track to launch later this year in Japan, but of course, we lowly North American fans have to wait longer. Stay tuned for more.
3/28/2009 Ben Dutka