FFXIII Began Life On the PS2
Epic productions like Final Fantasy XIII always take quite a long time in development, but did you realize that Square-Enix's latest entry in the legendary RPG series actually started out as a PS2 title? Betcha didn't.
According to Final Fantasy-XIII.net citing an interview in OPM Benelux, producer Yoshinori Kitase confirmed as much and said shifting the game to the PS3 cost them a good 18 months of development time. It's an interesting little history, especially considering how late FFXII came to the PS2; one would've expected S-E to anticipate the PS3. But so says Kitase:
"Final Fantasy XIII was originally meant to be a PS2 title, but we had to switch systems due to the arrival of the PS3. That cost us about one and a half years and was constantly a case of trial and error. However, because we worked so hard at the beginning, we got to a cruising speed much faster then anticipated and therefore could start on the translation and international voice recording process at an early stage of the development. It’s because of this that we can release both the European as well as the American version barely three months after the Japanese release."
Okay, so we definitely benefit from this occurrence and besides, who really wanted FFXIII on the PS2? I mean, it's always nice to have another Final Fantasy in any given generation but maybe one more FF for the PS2 was pushing it. For the record, they already had the ATB system from FFXII up and running for FFXIII, although they were using characters from FFX as "placeholders." Well, here's hoping that FFXIII wins over the fans when it hits North America and Europe on March 9.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
1/31/2010 9:21:18 PM Ben Dutka