FFXIII Deleted Content: "Enough For A Whole New Game?"
How big is Final Fantasy XIII? Well, perhaps not half as large as it could've been if the developers hadn't cut out a lot of intended content.
This according to a Japanese interview at Final Fantasy Reunion, translated and summarized at Andriasang. We're assuming the direct source is Famitsu although that part isn't quite clear. Anyway, in the interview with FFXIII art director Isamu Kamikokuryou, we learn that many areas and environments originally set to be included in the game didn't make the final cut. And if his estimations are accurate, enough was removed from the game to make a whole new additional adventure...which sounds like a ton of content when you're talking about an epic RPG like FF. The design team wanted to include a full area around Lightning's home, for instance, and there's also mention of a secret base for resistance group Nora inside a shop, and an amusement park called Nautiuls Park once boasted a whole zoo. Now, here's the part that may raise the ire of a PS3 owner: at first, all of this was supposedly running on the PS3 hardware but ultimately, it was "left out due to considerations for game volume and overall game balance."
...or was it left out to make the the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions the same? Without the added storage capacity of Blu-Ray, maybe the developers realized that in order to deliver a similar experience, stuff would have to be cut. Oh, we hope it isn't so...
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
1/13/2010 10:50:54 AM Ben Dutka