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Designers From FFXIII Have Moved On To FF Versus XIII

If you're wondering how things are going with Final Fantasy Versus XIII, you'll be happy to know that development appears to be moving right along.

Firstly, Square-Enix said late last year that we can expect an official unveiling of more media and information in "early 2010" and some estimates said these details would arrive as early as February. Well, we're in February right now (if you hadn't noticed), and furthermore, we have a promising quote from a recent interview with a European source about Final Fantasy XIII, as noted by Connected Consoles. They say that now that development for FFXIII is out of the way, many of the designers who worked on it have moved along to help out with Final Fantasy Versus XIII. As a result, the creation process for the game "has really picked up" recently, which is good news. We've only seen some amazing-looking trailers for this title in the past; we still aren't sure about the gameplay or in truth, anything that's even remotely important. It's a PlayStation 3 exclusive but we have no idea when it might arrive, and until we can learn more about the combat mechanic, we're not going to get too excited.

I know a lot of you are really looking forward to it but in the meantime, it seems you'll just have to make do with FFXIII. That's not an altogether unattractive proposition.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII

2/11/2010 9:36:47 PM Ben Dutka

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Zemus101
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 9:57:01 PM
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I can make due with XIII, XIV as well. Plenty of FF this year and perhaps next (As long as I stick to XIV) so the team working on Versus can take all the time they need imo, I want this one to turn out great.

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Jawknee
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:16:49 PM
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By the beard of Zeus this better stay Exclusive.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:28:55 PM
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The new info will be multiplat status.

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shadowpal2
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 1:19:20 AM

IMHO...Square Enix would have an extremely bad image with Press and businesses everywhere if all of a sudden they announced that Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be Multiplatform "North America" when they already made the bold statement that Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be a PS3 exclusive worldwide.

If they do make an announcement that it will be multiplatform...they will be known as the BIGGEST FATTEST MORONIC LIARS the universe has to offer, even though they really are already.

If it does go multiplatform...I'll be happy to know that at least the director/developer of it Tetsuya Nomura didn't want it to be multiplatform and most likely the big fat idiot of a president Wada forced him to do it just as Konami forced Kojima to make his franchise for the 360.

For those of you who don't believe that Nomura the designer/director/developer of FF Versus XIII doesn't want this game to be exclusive to ps3 - check this article out:

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/837/837350p1.html

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www
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 5:29:18 AM

We will be damned!

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Highlander
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 11:03:31 AM

@Shadowpal2,

How would announcing this is multi-platform differ from their announcement that FFXIII would be multi-platform? FFXIII was announced as a PS3 exclusive and talked of as a PS3 exclusive for literally years before they came clean. SE have already been seen as liars due to their reversal of their stated 'exclusivity' with FFXIII. This would be no different if it happened.

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Andysw
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:22:11 PM

Shadowpal,

I wouldn't totally rely on a 3 year old article to rest assure that final fantasy versus XIII will remain exclusive to the playstation platform just because nomura said so. Personally, I don't trust "anyone" at square enix. Their deceptive credentials and hypocritical statements convinced me enough to believe that money is their number one priority, with gamers/fans come second (or third).

For now, don't be too suprised that square enix will pull another big suprise announcement of the game going multiplatform at microsoft's e3 2010. If that happens, this just proves what I have said about square enix 6 sentences ago.

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godsman
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:29:01 PM
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I am so pissed that there won't be a FFXIII PS3 bundle. What are they thinking? To work around the loophole, I think Sony should have a promotion to give out 1 free game with purchase of PS3 around the launch of the FFXIII in US.

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Highlander
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:48:53 PM

You have no idea how close i am to using a word in connection with Microsoft that would get my post removed from the comments section. I am *so* sick of this BS tactic of trying to buy the games market.

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Jawknee
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:05:52 PM

Me too Highlander, me too.

They seem to be beating their chests with the revelation that they get "exclusive DLC" too in the form of.......wait for it......

Avatar clothing! Whoopiddy f***ing doo! Don't we get some HOME content as well? i guess one could argue that the HOME stuff is better.

Also isn't that Xbox "bundle" just a copy of the game bundled with a plain white, mediocre Xbox?

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Highlander
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:55:03 PM

It's probably one of the millions of defective ones that they are trying to recycle instead of bury in a landfill...

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johnld
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:19:59 AM

apparently its laser etched with final fantasy XIII........on the hard drive. you know, the thing that you can buy separately if you can find it now. plus, 2 controllers for a final fantasy bundle. they shouldve just had one controller and sold it for 350. that way it "seems" cheaper until they decide to buy more accessories.
The thing that i focused on that bundle announcement is that they made sure to let consumers know that its coming with a STANDARD version of the game.

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Andysw
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 9:24:59 AM

You know it is if theres no lightning picture imprinted on it.

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johnld
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 4:15:46 PM

there is nothing that differentiates it from a regular 360. it only has a faceplate and hard drive which you can change freely.

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Kiwi of DOOM
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:44:37 PM
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I've been looking forward to this even longer than FFXIII just because i really like the dark feel and the modern feel mixed with traditional RPG themes. I really hope more info comes soon but in the meantime i can't complain with WKC, FFXIII, Heavy Rain, and even more that would take forever to name.

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Shatterday
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 11:49:26 AM

I feel the same way. I'm interested to see how the battle mechanics will mesh with the environment they've chosen. To be honest, the trailers give me a Romeo and Juliet feel... Maybe I'm just weird.

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Highlander
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:47:36 PM
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So, when to the morons charged with running Squar Enix admit that they have sold their souls to Microsoft and that FF versus XIII is no longer a PS3 exclusive?

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coverton341
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:28:36 PM

I am just waiting for that announcement, but you know what? I don't think I would care...well not at first when they are spoon feeding me the lies about not sacrificing any of the game integrity and some such as that, but I suppose I will become disillusioned and embittered as time wears on and they keep talking about removing entire games worth of content for "artistic and storyline direction"

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johnld
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:21:55 AM

i believe they said quality wont be sacrificed for FFXIII. Damn you wada.

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kokoro
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:39:36 AM

I have a feeling it will stay exclusive. That's actually one of the reasons why I'm so excited about it.

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Zemus101
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 1:30:11 AM

Well I really don't believe that the 360 version of XIII will sell better (or even close?) to the PS3 version so I don't see SE making everything multiplatform. I dunno how interested in RPGs Microsoft fans are, or how many of them are out there.

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Andysw
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 8:10:23 AM

Apparently rpg games sell crap on the xbox 360, because rpg's (mainly jrpg) don't appeal xbox 360 owners and are only interested in a specific type of rpg, such as wrpg. With that fact, it would be quite foolish to make jrpg's exclusive to the xbox 360. Because they simply do not sell that well on that particular platform.

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Highlander
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 10:10:50 AM

@Andy

Which is precisely why we (well, many here) have such a strong belief that MS is damaging the gaming industry by sloshing $$$s in the direction of JRPG developers to buy their work for the 360, often in preference to the PS3.

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Alienange
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:51:06 PM
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Yeah sure.

"Has really picked up"

AKA "We've started."

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___________
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:16:06 PM
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so moving right along in $Es terms is will announce another 15 games before you see any info of this.
cant understand why they do that, just announce one game than release it than announce another.
all their doing is prolonging the development time and making people loose interest in the game.

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coverton341
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:26:30 PM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!!!!

Sorry my inner child just jumped forward and attacked the keyboard in a fit of ecstasy.

As most people here know I have been waiting for ages for any little titbit of information on this game and even knowing that production is picking up because designers shifted is enough to make me squee with joy. Keep the news coming as this is my most anticipated game in years.

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Banky A
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:07:05 AM

We'll be dead by then sir.

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:53:48 PM
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All i can say is...FINALLY!

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Scarecrow
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 1:20:02 AM
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FFXIII Team: FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOM!!!

FFXIII Team: We can now unleash ps3's true capabilities and even make big towns again. Oh man, you guys don't know what we had to put up with, with that other console's outdated DVD format...

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Akuma07
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 3:51:33 AM

BS!


FFXIII team: god damnit, our time is up, we cant try to squeeze anymore money out of the FF fans by making this game crap, now we have to go make a ps3 exclusive, and actually try to make it GOOD this time......greaaaaaaat

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 1:20:56 AM
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First good news Ive heard about FF in a long time.

Keep this up SE and you mght win some hearts back.

Honestly I'm not the biggest FF fan not at all like some of you, (scarecrow, World, even Ben and Arnold), but I was very muhc looking forward to FF13 getting my PS3. I just wanna say the reason im more upset than a lot of the hard core fans being more forgiving of the situation, is I was expecting to have a massive exclusive title that would redefine the genre. Doesnt sound like we're getting that as of late, and with some reviews coming through as well. To those that are HardCore fans, Your loyalty is unsurpassed and your faith and like in the game i completely understand.

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King James
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 2:48:57 AM
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Cue the 360 announcement.

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LowKey
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 3:53:36 AM
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I just really hope it is not like Dirge of Cerberus.

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Ricochet
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 6:29:28 AM
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This BETTER be good.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 6:40:13 AM
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I'm not even concerning myself about this yet, its wont be out her till like late 2011.

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Andysw
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 6:41:10 AM
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Nice to hear that development speed has picked up. But the thing that bothers me is its exclusivity. The news about designers moving on to final fantasy versus XIII was originally from a german website called xbox-mag. I find it bothersome that the source of the games update, the game thats everything final fantasy XIII was supposed to be before the "disappointing" announcement of it going multiplatform, was from an xbox website. Why would an xbox orientated website ask about final fantasy versus XIII when its been confirmed time after time that its a playstation 3 exclusive?

I'm not entirely convinced that the game will remain an exclusive until nomura (or kitase or anyone from square enix) reiterates exclusivity.

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FreQaZoiD
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 8:20:18 AM
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Just read about the X360 bundle on USA Today of all places... way to get guaranteed money from M$, Squeenix. Now go and fill a BluRay with Versus.

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Andysw
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 8:32:18 AM

Its preposterous, I know. Especially when final fantasy (since final fantasy VII) was largely known as a playstation title. For that fact, there should be a playstation 3 bundle. But nope, there isn't, and instead you get an xbox 360 bundle, where that particular platform is not widely known for jrpg's.

Square enix has no affiliation to fans' expectations, which I'm sure most of them grew up playing final fantasy on playstation.

Developing a game half finished in favor for the lesser console in order to deliver an "equal" experience on both platforms was disappointing enough. But an xbox 360 only bundle?

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FullmetalX10
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 8:37:53 AM
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OMG, getting too excited, finally some Versus news *heart attack*
Anyways, I might be expecting a bit too much from this game, seeing my expectations rose even higher after FFXIII lowering on the important games ladder in my head.
So if it fails or goes to xbox, almost the same... I will like, don't know what to do, steal an xbox and light it on fire, put the video up on youtube, get a couple of million views and say it was all because S-E screwed Playstation owners by not making both final fantasies exclusive...

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Bandit King
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 11:26:54 AM
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Anyone else feeling like Sony is dropping the ball with Japanese support over here? Look Im not looking for an argument but this weeks events are showing me a Sony that seems to just not even care about its Japanese titles. Sony botched WKC's advertising (if you can call it that)they did not even mention or cover Star Ocean, and now Final Fantasy 13 is going to be marketed as a 360 exclusive. I really can't believe Sony would sit idle while MS secures an exclusive bundle for FF13, which you know with that comes every FF13 TV add being followed by the "Jump In". I don't know why it bothers me(Im far too old), but it just disturbs the nostalgia/image I have for the series and it cheapens it a little for me. What do you guys think? How about you Ben whats you take on S-E and MS selling FF13 like its a 360 exclusive?

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Andysw
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:05:58 PM

Heres my take on it,

Utterly preposterous.

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Jawknee
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:50:01 PM

Squeenix sucks.

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Bandit King
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 11:33:50 AM
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PS sorry for all the returns in my last post, I don't know why but I sometimes get that error when posting and it wont let me edit it.

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Milonakis
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:57:50 PM
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I'm pretty sure this is gonna get ported to the Wii. I mean, there's a lot of potential. They'll just have to cut a few scenes, put it in 480i and add some gimmicky movements.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 2:18:22 PM
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Let's just hope that the FF XIII team that's jumping over to help the Versus team, doesn't teach them how to pull another $E Houdini act, by chopping out 1/2 of their Versus game too for more DLC $$$$ later on.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 2:31:53 PM
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Also, what I can't understand is since that Sony already has the 250GB PS3 "Lightening" bundle for Japan, why didn't Sony just make them for everywhere else too????

That's 2 bundles they/we've now lost out on, the 250GB COD MW2 bundle, & now the FFXIII one too.
And......either of those 2 bundles would have sky-rocketed up the PS3's sales immensely too.

Sony really needs to think ahead and start making pro-active offensive moves here, to "checkmate" all of M$'s unscrupulous moves against the PS3. WTF????

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Andysw
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 2:37:03 PM

Did you read sony's latest statement on third party exclusivity? Its utter rubbish.

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Highlander
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 3:21:20 PM

The most recent thing I could find on a quick scan was this from Ray Maguire;

“Obviously, what we have to do is make sure that our business plan is adhered to and we have the amount of money to invest in games rather than investing in stopping other people making games and progressing. So I would much rather that we were investing money into making sure that we’ve got great R&D and we start producing games like LittleBigPlanet, rather than paying other people a huge amount of money to stop people playing their product.”

Sounds like a remarkably enlightened approach, I'd rather Sony did this than anything else, it has brought some of this generations defining games to us.

A year or so ago, the same guy from Sony also said (specifically in regard to GTA DLC):

"One thing to remember, nothing is ever exclusive. Things get wrapped up for a period of time for a large amount of money and if it's a strategic decision by competition to do that then we have to live with that."

And before anyone jumps in and complains that Sony did so spend money on a timed exclusive with Ghostbusters. No, they didn't they stepped in to be the publisher of the game in Europe so that it would get published there. The original publisher, Atari Europe, was purchased by Namco, and the game was not on their agenda for Sony consoles. Sony bought the publishing rights for the PS2/PS3 versions in Europe allowing them to release it as a timed exclusive there since they were the publisher. Had Sony not stepped in the game would more than likely not have seen a release in Europe.

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Jawknee
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 5:57:18 PM

Im happy to see Sony take what Nintendo has been doing and expand on it. Creating a whole line of 1st party IP's(the best IMO) to support the PS3. But it does make me sad to think that all the companies i grew up with who have done fantastic work on Sony's consoles seem to go for half assed product simply to make more money. I suppose its a necessary evil in the industry today if third party devs want to stay in the game.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 4:49:29 PM
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Highlander,
I "DO" like what Maguire has to say, but there's got to be other things that Sony can do proactively to foil the ways of the evil empire.

I think just beating MS to the punch and getting those 2 bundles could have been a small Streetfighter-4 style kick to right where MS's brains are located, in their big brass testicles.
(psychologically speaking, of course)

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Bandit King
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:38:37 PM

@ Highlander

you see the problem with that way of thinking is that while Sony benefits themselves by enriching their brand with their 1st parties, they loose many of the people who supported them for the once exclusive 3rd party games. Nintendo makes some fantastic software but their consoles as a whole stink because there are virtually no games outside of the few Nintendo puts out each year. I don't want Sony to end up like Nintendo, in fact you would think they would know better as MS is trying to do to Sony, what Sony did to beat Nintnedo.

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Highlander
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 9:43:53 PM

@Biker,

I know what you're saying, and buying exclusive bundles isn't near as annoying as buying exclusivity with a game. So I do see your point, I am just happy that someone this generation is at least trying to take the high road.

@Bandit_King

Nintendo's problem is specific to themselves. Sony is far more open and accommodating to third parties than Nintendo ever thinks about being.

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Bandit King
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 12:48:44 PM

I sure hope its stays specific to them too, because damn Nintendo's home consoles never recovered from those shady cart prices from the NES/SNES days and the N64 was a total joke. Funny how their handhelds dont suffer from this.

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Highlander
Sunday, February 14, 2010 @ 3:51:52 AM

I've never understood that, the DS is buried in a pile of shovel-ware a mile deep.

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Dancemachine55
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 6:02:10 PM
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Nice to feel the love round here aimed at Square-Enix. Seeing as they give so much back. (Sarcasm)

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Bandit King
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:32:49 PM
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Anyone watch the NBA game tonight? Outside of the basketball game going on I nearly spit my drink on the screen when I saw the Final Fantasy XIII commercial. The game was only mentioned for the 360, had a pic of the 360's box, not even a PS3 logo or mention anywhere in the ad. Im sorry but this really enrages me, I am sick and tired of thiese multiplatform exclusives with Microsoft, and I am really tired of their "we stole this" childish attitude. I really wonder how this game will perform on PS3 if the general population doesn't even know a PS3 version exists.

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AceTatsujin
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 9:38:30 PM
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Versus XIII > XIII.

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Alienange
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 1:28:24 AM

Well yeah.

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Andysw
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 4:34:24 AM

As long as its exclusive. If not, quality has been taken away.

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Fane1024
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 3:45:08 PM
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"Designers From FFXIII Have Moved On To FF Versus XIII"

...just like the gamers. ;)

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