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GameStop Taking FFXIII Pre-Orders

Just as a personal note, I distinctly recall pre-purchasing Final Fantasy VIII a full year in advance. The only additional tidbit of this story worth mentioning was the fact that the game did indeed come out on the very day that EB had in its database.

If you wander into your local GameStop this weekend, you may want to drop five bucks on Final Fantasy XIII, which is now available for pre-order. Obviously, you can't really expect them to have the finalized written-in-stone launch date, but just for the record, it's June 21, 2010. However, given what we know, that date may be more accurate than you think: if FFXIII really does launch in Japan towards the end of this year, and the localization process takes the normal 6-8 months, June 21 appears to be a fitting date for North America. If you're not a big fan of GameStop, you can also pre-order the game at Amazon, but their estimated release date is a bit more discouraging: December 21, 2010. Both retailers make it clear that dates are subject to change, and if you want a chuckle, check out GameStop's disclaimer; something about the Roman numerals always throwing them off. The only real upside to this is that we're relatively certain Square-Enix will toss in some sort of pre-order incentive, so perhaps you can get the jump on whatever that turns out to be.

Final Fantasy XIII is guaranteed to be one of the biggest 2010 releases, but let's not forget that the online Final Fantasy XIV is scheduled to release next year, too...

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

7/4/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (48 posts)

englishgolfer
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:56:05 AM
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on my way right now to gamestop here in sweden
*walks out the door*

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Riku994
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:57:45 AM
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I actually have a GameStop now so I can do that :D

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NightHawk17
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:07:55 AM
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To bad it's not out this summer, cause I'm bored as heck:(

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shadowpal2
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:36:34 AM

LOL true that man...the only thing keeping me awake are some anime and manga and that's it.

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Andysw
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:53:06 AM
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I wonder how many will preorder the playstation 3 version compared to the xbox 360 version.

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SarahPalinMILF
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:14:55 PM

that depends if you prefer one high definition blu-ray disc or eight standard dvd's...hmmm...which one will I choose?

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:22:18 PM

Actually it has to do with which system you own. I know plenty of people that only own a 360 and are fine with getting it for that platform. Sure multiple disks can be annoying but I never minded them back in the PS1 days.

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Kevadu
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:00:55 PM
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You know, Amazon also lets you pre-order Versus XIII and it's *also* listed with a December 31, 2010 release date. But I'm pretty sure that's a load of hooey.

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Deadman
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:07:05 PM
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Saw the disclaimer on thier website yesterday priceless. For anyone who hasnt seen it it reads:

Official pricing and release dates have not been announced by the publisher. These are estimates only and subject to change. Although we try to be as accurate as possible, Square Enix’s insistence on naming Final Fantasy games with Roman numerals throws us off a bit. As soon as we get a concrete release date on FFXIII, like XII/IV/MMVII or I/VIII/MMVIII, we’ll let you know ASAP. Worry Free Guarantee - if the price decreases between the time you place your preorder and the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

And the link is:
http://www.gamestop.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?product_id=75086

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:53:21 PM

Ya I loved it, couldn't help but give a little laugh. Glad to see they have some humor.

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Soultaker
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:29:33 PM
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I pre-ordered mine last month :D

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Alienange
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:23:15 PM
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I'd actually like to see which system gets the most pre-orders for this one. I'm dying to see how many are getting this for the 360.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 4:13:31 PM

should be interesting, since so far there are no RPGs that are fair to compare this way.

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Alienange
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 5:30:39 PM

Exactly. Under my poker face I actually hope the PS3 sales kill those of the 360.

Last edited by Alienange on 7/4/2009 5:31:25 PM

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:32:56 PM
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I'll wait till 2 months before incase theres a special edition. you never know.

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Mr Bitey
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 9:21:57 AM

That's exactaly what I was thinking. I'll hold off for a little while to see what other options come up.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:58:34 PM
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FFXIII looks like crap (design wise)

Note: I have every FF since VII

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:18:54 PM

FFXIII looks amazing (design wise)

Note: I have every FF ever released.


:)

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:46:03 PM

Well I have the V and VI, just not in physical form.

Have it emulated, but I don't consider that is truly having it.

IV and III are not that important/memorable

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:53:35 PM

Alot of people will argue about IV.....

As for FFIII, it was the first game to have summons, which is one of the iconic items of the series.

But in anycase i think this game is looking phenominal, it will certainly make up for X-2 and XII (I'm not going through them both again.)

Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 7/4/2009 2:54:28 PM

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:11:07 PM

What didn't you like about X-2 and XII? I found the gameplay in XII to be the best in the series.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:28:10 PM

I couldnt stand the gambit system, it was an even worse version of FF10's sphere grid (which wasnt to bad, just bloody tedious).

As for in game battle, i liked the fact that there were no random encounters, but it got awfully repetative after a few hours, all you really needed was Attack, bubble, haste and Cure and your set and the occassional summon every. I found the other FF games requiring me to experiment with more skills unlike this one.

but its not that gameplay which bugs me, its the lack of plot and bland characters (not including Balthier). youd just run though areas with no real objective.

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cLoudou
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:36:51 PM

I agree with Ultimadream.

Ever since the merger FF games have been crap. Hoping XII will redeem them.

Last edited by cLoudou on 7/4/2009 3:38:12 PM

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Alienange
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 6:09:45 PM

@ Ultimadream - tell me about it! Did you even use a summon in XII ? There was no need. I was very disappointed with that.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 7:24:36 PM

So one guy doesn't like XII because they were too lazy to like the gambit system

One other guy doesn't like it because he can't use Summon (making it more of a challenge).


Interesting

By the way, the story opinions I'm hearing here hold no weight behind them. None of you explain why you didn't like the story.

In fact I'll go far and say that none of you understood the game.

Just because you don't understand the more mature story of FFXII and because it doesn't have a "save the princess" romantic bull. Doesn't mean it's a bad game.

The plot just went away from Teenager with problems and a cute princess. To a world of ideals and a band of very diverse peoples who go together on an epic journey. <---It really is a beautiful game in every regard. For a game to be great it doesn't need the moochy moochy crap.

The ones who complain 'bout X-2 are even worse.

In any case, XIII looks like crap at the moment. It might change when I do play it, but I've been 'round rpgs long enough so I know this'll be a failure, but we'll see.

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Alienange
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 7:45:01 PM

Ok Scarecrow. We must all love the same FF as you but you're allowed to not like FFXIII that you haven't even played. Nice one.

Last edited by Alienange on 7/4/2009 7:45:24 PM

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Byakko2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:29:18 PM

I agree with scarecrow about FF12, but FF13 looks like crap? Are we watching the same trailers or what? The latest E3 trailer got me geeked for the release. What exactly are you basing this judgement on? The fact that it's a multiplatform title now? All impressions from the demo were all positive and some from critics who can't even understand japanese.

I see some of you are curious which console will get more pre-orders. Don't know why it matters, it isn't like customers keep up with and follow through with those things. So the number of pre-orders won't equal copies sold for that week's release. Also, you wouldn't be going out on a limb to say FF13 will sell better on PS3. Think about it: by June 21st (my god what a ridiculous wait, thanks SE & MS!), there will be FAR more PS3 owners. Add together the great lineup of GT5, GOW3, etc. with a $299 price tag, and it's simple to predict really. I know those things sound redundant by now, but it's true.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:24:06 PM

I'm hoping it flops on the 360 so it shows to SE to stop supporting the platform so much. I know that wont happen but I can hope.

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Vivi_Gamer
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 3:15:54 AM

Scarecrow i did understand it, it just simply wasnt interesting becuase i didnt care for the characters, becasue they were bland. Balthier was the only one with a slight personality and he also well written backstory, but the rest were rather lacking, there wasnt much detail on hardly any of them, or even vaine for that matter.

THe game just didnt lead to anywhere apart from a few occassions, like when your kidnapped after the temple or... the end. you constantly went through places like Jahara
and there was no real point in going there.

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bridgera
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 11:06:12 PM

I'm with Ultimatedream on the characters. It seemed like SE was going for more of a midevil type thing with the voice acting, but I thought it ended up having people just talk really slowly without much emotion. I felt more emotion from VII and VIII where the characters couldn't even talk.

Aside from that I have the following problem with the game:

- couldn't control summons (useless)
- couldn't control 4th character (somewhat useless)
- probability of having right item in chest was silly
- no/little uniqueness of characters in combat (everyone started in almost the exact same place on the board)
- no New Game+
- if you oversold certain items they were gone and you couldn't have weapons synthed from them
- had to not open certain chests to get ultimate weapon

Now sure, you can say "not using summons makes it more challenging", but really, this game makes the summons pretty useless. Using them could actually put you in a very bad position. The things above didn't make it challenging/interesting, they made it boring/stupid.

A lot of these things were fixed in the International Edition, they even added a double gamespeed button and added job boards to make gameplay more fun, but that wasn't released outside of japan.

FFXII is the only FF game I never bothered playing through again, the above things were just too stupid.

I really hope, I do not see a lot of those things in FFXIII.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:26:29 PM
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Can't wait for this one...

...but since I have to, I will.


I guess Ill forget about this one 'til it matters again.

Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 7/4/2009 2:26:40 PM

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DaNgerSteVe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:58:56 PM
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so sqaure when is the actually release date this time, stop making new games and FINISHED 13

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:22:59 PM
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I will wait and pre-order after I know there is a limited or collector's edition, same goes for v13 and GOW3

Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 7/4/2009 3:23:55 PM

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Robochic
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:57:24 PM
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I will be preordering it but not for me for my hubby he's a big Final Fantasy fan, I'm just getting into it so i know once i get further into the history of the game ect... i'll probably play it. PS3 version better be Flipp'n good visual wise.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 4:19:41 PM

IGN has a history of FF, it's a tad flawed but it gives you an idea.

http://retro.ign.com/articles/998/99...?_cmpid=ign159

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 4:18:45 PM
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I'm going to wait until it's closer to release, not because I want a CE but because I wouldn't put it past Gamestop to screw something up in the next year or myself to not lose my receipt.

I hope they are joking about the roman numerals, if that screws them up then they really ARE incompetent. BTW I have a thread about preorder and CE edition goodies, drop by and speak up:

http://www.psxextremeforums.com/gaming-discussion/10083-heres-your-copy-final-fantasy-xiii-would-you-like-fries.html

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 7/4/2009 4:19:07 PM

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Alienange
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 6:12:02 PM

Yeah, you'll pre-order XIII and get VIII instead because of the roman numerals.

I'll go through Amazon when the time is right.

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Deadman
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 6:03:38 PM

The "confusion" is a joke they were saying that they are expecting S-E to concrete the relese date in roman numerals also.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 7:25:44 PM

Squeeeeeeeeenix @E3 2010:

We're delaying FFXIV since it will now also come out for 360!

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fundando
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 4:59:07 PM
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Happy 4th of July everyone!

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:24:19 PM

I had to work and it rained here but same to you!

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newchef
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:01:27 PM

it was fun but since im in my fire dept. i get to see a bunch of drunken idiots with half-blown off hands all nite...fun!

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newchef
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:02:02 PM

..oh and the occasional fire

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Hezzron
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 7:25:19 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if GameStop somehow found a way to sell used copies of FFXIII as new on its release day.

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AceTatsujin
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 7:30:39 PM
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Eh, I already pre-order it a month ago from GameStop. Where you you, Ben? ;]

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crapreviews
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 1:24:26 AM
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Um did they stop at some point and start again? They have been taking pre-orders for a long long time.

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cowboy828
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 7:24:57 AM
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All I know is that I preorder it day one hope it is a good game jap. demo was okay but still looked good.

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bridgera
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 10:42:28 PM
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I own and beat FF1-FF12.

Overall, I'm pretty disappointed with the last 2 games. Sure I had fun with FFXI and FFXII, but each one of these had some pretty stupid features.

FFXI didn't have much solo/1-3 people content until years into its release. FFXII had things such as run back 3 load screens and hope this time the treasure chest has the right item.

The International edition looked like it fixed a lot of things, but it's sad it wasn't actually an international edition.

Think I'll wait on these two titles and see how they come out. I hope they are awesome games, but after the last 2 games, I'm somewhat skeptical =/

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