My fellow North American gamers, if you've been so bold as to place Square-Enix in the metaphorical doghouse, we've got an update for you: tell S-E to stay there.

As some of you know, last year's announcement of the Blu-Ray re-release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children came as great news to fans of the critically acclaimed CGI film. It also came as even better news to fans of the series, because Square-Enix announced that this Blu-Ray version would ship with a playable demo of Final Fantasy XIII . It's the one exciting piece of news that came out of the publisher's private DKS3713 event as far as PS3 owners are concerned, and it was kinda like a consolation prize for those wishing for a FFVII remake. Well, gamers outside of Japan can wave bye-bye to that consolation prize: according to the Videogaming247 blog, Square-Enix has confirmed that this demo will be "Japan only." But hey, maybe you'll enjoy the consolation to the consolation prize, which is the unveiling of the main character's name. It's Dia Walruva. …yeah, we figured you wouldn't care much about that.

Of course, this doesn't mean that the demo won't ever come to North America or Europe; it simply means it won't be available in the Blu-Ray release of Advent Children . There's still a good chance it'll arrive on the PlayStation Store at some point in the future, especially when we get closer to the game's launch (whenever that might be). So stay tuned for more details on that and in the meantime, try not to soak the keyboard with your tears. Aww…don't be so upset. It was just a demo . Besides, there's always importing…

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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Jeffrey
Jeffrey
12 years ago

sigh…. I cant even think of anything else to say about SE

coverton341
coverton341
12 years ago

Let's hear it again for S-E the masters of the eternal current-gen screw-up-a-thon

Draguss
Draguss
12 years ago

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Bill_Clinton_
Bill_Clinton_
12 years ago

@Jeffery i totally agree…. square has fallen off so bad in my opinion.. Y only release it in japan what are u accomplishing by doing that …. i don't understand ..

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
12 years ago

So much for pleasing the western crowd SE.

karneli lll
karneli lll
12 years ago

So, anyone have an idea when WKC is coming?

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
12 years ago

ARRRGGGHHHH!!! FFS!!!! I was really looking forward to this, its bang out of order that we get treated differently, if japan gets it why cant we!!

This worries my even more, the fact that the FF7 Blu-ray wont be released in the same package and in a simluar time zone really makes the World Wide Release look unlikely…… i'm sad 🙁

pavlovic
pavlovic
12 years ago

As far as I know, FFXIII will launch in Japan before than any other territory, because it will remain as a PS3 exclusive in Japan, and they want to launch simultaneously in NA/EU in PS3 and 360.

But for the series fans, that sucks, no matter what

nickolars
nickolars
12 years ago

i like lightning better…

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
12 years ago

I already knew this a few months ago, it was obvious when they announced Advent Children Blu-ray, and is why I have been waiting patiently to import that movie. Sqaure is not where as good as they were back then, and I have lost all hope for them. Screw up company if you ask me, and are desperate for quick cash now, rather than holding on to their fanbase.

ps92117
ps92117
12 years ago

ah lovely se and there great choice making, where would they be without nobuo umeatsu and tetsuya nomura?

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
12 years ago

*starts to set up my .50 cal sniper rifle*
HEY SE PRESIDENT! Come out, come out where ever you are…

Nynja
Nynja
12 years ago

Is this how SE intends to expand it's "Western Presence" trying to garner more global appeal?

FAIL.

Arvis
Arvis
12 years ago

This is why I hate Square now. I no longer have a favorite developer. If White Knight is a homerun and then Level 5 reveals Dark Cloud 3, then they'll be my fav. Until then, I'm a gamer without a team to root for.

-Arvis

ps92117
ps92117
12 years ago

SONY corp x)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Oh shit.

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
12 years ago

are swears allowed for this? hehe

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
12 years ago

I'll make an exception this one time, as it's the exact same thing I said when I saw the news. 😉

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
12 years ago

What he said…

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
12 years ago

well, i wasn't too suprised. another nail in the coffin.

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
12 years ago

Not only do we have to wait 1+ years for the games release but no demo? I knew the Japanese didn't like us but c'mon man low blow.

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
12 years ago

Actually, Japan loves anything and everything to do with the US. I think the reason they dont release things like this, is because they dont think we'd go for it like they do.

Zorigo
Zorigo
12 years ago

oh piss.

AceTatsujin
AceTatsujin
12 years ago

SE's stupid decisions. MS most likely paid them, again. I'm gonna purchase the Japanese version regardless.

Riku994
Riku994
12 years ago

SE, piss the F*CK off.

tlpn99
tlpn99
12 years ago

Oh darn just have to wait like the rest of the people who dont get stuff ie us UK people don't get stuff the peeps in US does and vice versa. Least we all know now what it feels like to not receive something at some time or other.

Orvisman
Orvisman
12 years ago

If the demo comes on a separate BD then importing should be easy. But if it comes on the same BD as the movie, then is importing even possible? Aren't BD movies region encoded?

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
12 years ago

They are Region Free. Hence the reason Im importing.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

I read the demo is on a separate disc

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
12 years ago

Revenge for Hiroshima.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Revenge for Nagasaki will be the FFVersus port to 360.

LightShow
LightShow
12 years ago

world, don't even joke like that

ps92117
ps92117
12 years ago

revenge for iwo jima if ff14 goes multiplat

King James
King James
12 years ago

not funny

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

I won't import, even if I can get by without knowing what's being said or commanded in their language it would drain the fun out of it.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

lol…
Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenix is just too much 😀

Naga
Naga
12 years ago

Noooooooo!! ah well white knight chronicles!!!

MetalHead09
MetalHead09
12 years ago

as far as im concerned square can keep their games cause im not buying them. does square have any idea how pissed gamers are??? cause everytime they say something its bad news, its as if they have no idea or just simply dont care and think they are still number one when in fact they have fallen. and people said sony got complacent when they released the ps3, square has just topped sonys blunders.

King James
King James
12 years ago

u no u buying the Fabula Nova Crystallis. and square knows it too

LightShow
LightShow
12 years ago

there are a great many expletives i can shout at enix, but they're not worth them. I shall condense it all down to three words:

WHAT THE HELL??!?

Victor321
Victor321
12 years ago

all japanese devs are complaining that the american games are slowly dominating in their own country, yet they do this "japan-only" kinda thing. i was so hyped for this…T.T

Advent Child
Advent Child
12 years ago

OK that is simply the last straw for me. I have a policy of buying every good game regardless of developer, but I am officially changing that rule. Square-Enix will no longer receive any money from me. I don't buy from companies that would rather screw me over. So my cash is no longer in their wallets. I will no longer be buying any Square-Enix products including FFXIII and Versus.

AceTatsujin
AceTatsujin
12 years ago

no because THEY KNOW it will sell over in US and people WILL buy the PS3 to play the freaking demo and MS doesn't want that. Obivious that they got paid right?

@#!%! Square Enix all together to hell.

When is this Japanese version going to get released? March something? I'll pre-order it and play the game. Sick of all their god damn BS. Sony's doing nothing too WTF. I'm the consumer I'm pissed off to hell. God damn MS screwing sh!t up all over again, and again.

Shatterday
Shatterday
12 years ago

So apparently they had no idea they were going to do this when they announced that Advent Children was coming with a demo? Bullshit.

JohnnyGold
JohnnyGold
12 years ago

over react much?

if the game is being released on the same disc as the movie, it would need to be on blu-ray, which would make it so 360 owners cant play it.

its getting a release on both consoles, so therefor, the demo will release on both marketplaces at the same time.

the japanese might get the demo first, but square is a japanese company. theyll get the game first over there too. they get a lot of square products first.

its just the way it works.

if youre that torn apart about not getting the DEMO for the game, its insane to say you wont buy the game itself when it comes out. why would you do that to yourself?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

I think folks are just venting because this feels like yet another opportunity in which SE could TRY to redeem themselves with Sony fans but failed. Again.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey
12 years ago

Is it just me or does anyone else find it hard to believe that people really wouldnt buy the game from being "screwed over" from SE. I know I was really looking forward to Advent Children on BD and the Demo was the main reason why. I probably wont go right out of my way now to get the BD version. But to all those people who claim they wont buy futuree SE games…I just really have a hard time believing that. IMO SE has done some, well interesting things, but I really dont think their actions would prevent me from buying one of their games, ESPECIALLY in the FF series. So I dont know, I guess I really dont believe people who say they are fans of the series and state they would not buy the game for SE's business moves.

Victor321
Victor321
12 years ago

rightly said, i agree with you. although i am frustrated with SE again..i will buy FF13 and FFV13 and i am able to have the patience for the demo, not to mention the games itself, cuz i got a whole slew of upcoming and already owned titles on my PS3 that i am happy with.

=)

Advent Child
Advent Child
12 years ago

I have 150 video games right now on my rack if I get pissed off enough believe me I can definitely go without Square-Enix games. I think we need to show them that they piss off their fans they lose business. Microsoft never learned because people kept buying their product. So when I say I won't buy any Square-Enix product I mean it.

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
12 years ago

If I was Japanese… I buy a crapload of these Advent children BD's and then E-bay them for the scrilla!!!!! HAHA we will probably see that. Anyway back to being serious. This… Well, this… I… <SIGH>…