We game journalists should really learn how to speak Japanese…but it's really hard. We'll just have to rely on some Google translation for this one, as RPGFan has apparently done just that with a recent Famitsu article.

We already brought you the pertinent details from that Final Fantasy XIII Famitsu feature, but we may have missed something vital. It seems that Square-Enix expects their epic RPG to launch "on both sides of the Pacific sometime later this year," which means PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners may be able to place FFXIII on their holiday wish lists in 2009. But there's an interesting side story to this that's gonna irritate some PS3 owners out there- Square-Enix has said they won't even start work on the 360 version until the PS3 version is quite literally "in the box" and ready to go. Even so, they're waiting to complete the 360 version so both can ship simultaneously to North America (Japan should see the PS3 version earlier; there will be no 360 version), and this is the news that really annoys people. If this translation is accurate and FFXIII really will be available worldwide before the year is out, it means the PS3 version is rapidly nearing completion. And how would you feel if the game was just sitting there, all done and ready to play…but unavailable until the team finished making it for the 360?

We're not really understanding this philosophy, but we have to admit, we haven't understood a lot of what Square-Enix has done so far this generation. Would it be such a terrible thing to hand FFXIII to PS3 owners first, especially if the game is done ? Well, whatever. Guess we just have to roll with the punches on this one, and either way, we so desperately want this game…

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

ugh, i dotn see why they cant just release teh PS3 version earlier, 360 got sonic unleashed earlier…….. bad example but proves my point

Ooh new FFXIII character!:

http://anchan.an.ohost.de/save/src/123194141946.jpg

FLYING_APE
FLYING_APE
11 years ago

gta 4

djduke316
djduke316
11 years ago

Last Remnant…

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
11 years ago

lol. Drebin version of FF xD

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

That dude looks like Warrik from CSI

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

@ellejuss,
Yup

So it seems Japanese devs can't stop using stereotypes for their "brown" characters.

First Barrett, now this new guy.

He has a baby chocobo and likes to shoot, hmmmmm can the stereotyping be taken any farther lol?

wow

What a joke

John Shoemaker
John Shoemaker
11 years ago

The words I need to express my dissatisfaction of this are banned.

Bill_Clinton_
Bill_Clinton_
11 years ago

SE has pissed me off this generation .. im still not sure about this game yet im surprise there able to get not only the PS3 version done but the XBOX 360 version done that fast.. i just hope the game doesn't suffer in quality because its on the XBOX …

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Can you say crappy 360 port?

Hopefully this will show how much more powerful the PS3 is than the 360 because the game was originally coded on the PS3.

M$ft should remember the saying, "Be careful of what you wish for…"

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

If they released FFXIII first on the PS3 in NA then SE would have to give M$ft the keys back to that loaded-with-money armored car M$ft handed over to SE at E3!

fundando
fundando
11 years ago

ahhh the inevitable waiting period between FF games… I hope it is worth it this time

PS3addict
PS3addict
11 years ago

It all comes down to cash with this. MS will pay, and PS3 waits to play. I am pretty sure that if FF came out on PS3 before 360 that it solud be a console seller. At least it is not like Rockband 2. MS paid for a almost two month exclusive… That was just wrong.

King James
King James
11 years ago

Western expansion? lol…more like Western dissection.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Kinda like the way they handled Last Remnant?

QuasarSquirrel
QuasarSquirrel
11 years ago

Last Remnant is fun (I really like it, but I'm an RPG nut) but I'm 99.99% sure the reason it was out on the 360 first has more to do with technical problems with getting the Unreal Engine to run on the PS3. It does not run smooth at all on the 360. Installing it made it palatable, but still wonky. Hopefully PS3 owners will get a much better running game.

Has there been a third party UE game on PS3 yet?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

lol what a joke
This game will flop so miserably on the 360, watch and see.

It's obvious Jrpgs are not that important to 360 owners, just look at how WELL games like Last Remnant sold. *sarcasm*

Meh, rpgs are kinda dead anyway, hoping for WKC to be a great experience.

www
www
11 years ago

Rpg's might be dead but FFXIII or versusXIII have the reviving pill.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Don't you mean phoenix down?

www
www
11 years ago

hahahahahaaa….yea right!
reviving pill is to mgs as phoenix down is to ff.


Last edited by www on 1/14/2009 12:42:59 PM

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

RPGs are dead? Sorry, I missed that news flash while reading about White Knight Chronicles and Tales of.. series pushing console sales on their respective systems and how well received Fallout 3 was. /sarcasm

www
www
11 years ago

Well it sucks we'd have to wait for 360's version to be done,but who are you to tell Square how to run their business.
Rule no.1 in business is to "make profit or money as a whole"

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
11 years ago

It is because it is part of the deal with microsoft and they will get biggest first day/week release sales this way. It is easy to read between the lines on Square Enix this generation – it is all serious business for these people.

As for the game and port to the 360 – looking at other SE games on the 360 so far, it don't seem like they are all running so smooth. Then again, on the Final Fantasy titles are you running their top development teams, and they are prefectionist and shouldn't be just be happy with "great, it runs on the 360 fine lets call for golden-status".

Even though many are mad and pissed off at SE for doing these tricks, I am more disappointed and sad than pissed off.
I bought PS3 for FFXIII and other great RPG from Japan.
I hope that Sony or Level 5 – announce a concrete release date or frame, like Summer or Fall 2009.

But looking at earlier RPG releases, it takes extra time for us Europeans. This Final Fantasy XIII will be an exception.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Why would Level 5 announce a release date for FFXIII?

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

i am more hyped for versus , any news on that ben ?

FLYING_APE
FLYING_APE
11 years ago

Just becuz its exclusive sad fanboy.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

u assume that it is just cause he is just a fanboy making you a hypocrite , i have always thought that vs looks cooler than ff13, u don't belive me, is because u r too full of yourself

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
11 years ago

Flying Ape…Shut the Hell up. Hyprocrites don't deserve life.

MirrorSoul
MirrorSoul
11 years ago

I am to its an Action RPG like Kingdom Hearts and i crave for games like that..dont get me wrong i will still buy FF13 but i might be more addicted to Versus ūüôā

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

lets give them the benefit of the doubt here . maybe they mean that work on the english version for both 360 and ps3 will start after the japanese version is ready to ship .


Last edited by Sir Shak on 1/14/2009 12:04:37 PM

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

Technically, that IS what they mean, Shak. However, since the "enlish version" that you speak of would be no different from the Japanese version except in language, then a logical person would assume that the PS3 english version would be finished WAY before the 360 english version, which needs to be recoded basically from the ground up. But, rather than release the finished PS3 version, Square is just letting it sit on shelves, unavailable to the public, until the pointless 360 version is complete. And who knows how long THAT is going to take…?

That, in a nutshell, is why Final Fantasy fans are annoyed.

-Arvis

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

fu** you flying_ape ! if anyone has ever read my posts they would tell you that i like versus more because of its art style , not that i am not looking forward to XIII. its called preference .


Last edited by Sir Shak on 1/14/2009 1:40:45 PM

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Yes…Because its Microsoft's games that take to long to come to market..

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

I can't disagree joshua ms games don't take long to come to market. You are completely right 100% no sarcasm, i realy mean it.

CreamCracker
CreamCracker
11 years ago

I don't wanna this game anymore…now i wanna play white knight…

level 5 > S-E

www
www
11 years ago

neva!

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

Sorry, but he's right. Compare White Knight (in sales number and whatever review scores are out there) with Square's current-gen fare and you can see which company is making better games right now.

Level 5 > Square Enix, indeed. For now, at least.

-Arvis

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

in my opinion ff7 was and still is the best game ever but recently the thought of se has become vile. ohh level 5 said they would go exclusive if wkc sold well and it did, so for now lvl5>se


Last edited by ps92117 on 1/14/2009 7:50:15 PM

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

There's nothing Square Enix can do I've lost my faith in them ):

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

This IS just sad. M$ is a bitch for paying SE to do this to us. SE should be giving us timed exclusivity for once, like they've been doing for the 360. And the 360 version wont suck, and that's what's sad. They're building the game on both systems to maximize it to each of their potentials, NO ports! But whoever said that the 360 version will flop, you are undoubtedly correct. M$ fans do not appreciate rpg's that's why they bought the 360. This is just unreasonable, and just plain unacceptable. SE is just a few pushes away from losing a LOT of business. I hope they realise that and start to fix their ways.


Last edited by Riku994 on 1/14/2009 1:06:28 PM

KevinCairo
KevinCairo
11 years ago

Well, I think it's pretty obvious that Microsoft not only paid SE to bring FFXIII to the 360, but also probably threw in a tip to make it a simultaneous release. If that's the case, I don't blame them because it's better than them going out of business and never finishing FFXIII at all. Frankly, the news that it'll be out this year is much more exciting than the news that the 360 version will hold up the release is disappointing.


Last edited by KevinCairo on 1/14/2009 1:33:41 PM

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
11 years ago

SE would never have gotten to where it is now without Sony and the PS1 and PS2. Now it looks as if the idiots are abandoning the very people that got them to the top of the mountain.

Sort of like music artist and how most groups make it big together, then the band breaks up and the individual members all flop.

Whats so stupid on SE's part is that they continue to make exclusive games for the system that isn't appreciating their work. I think anyone with intellegence can say that most 360 owners can give a rat's ass about RPG's.

SE keeps shooting itsself in the foot, and doesn't have the brains to take their fingers off the trigger.

I won't be buying their stupid ass game. I have lost all faith in them as a company.


Last edited by PS3_Wizard on 1/14/2009 3:44:28 PM

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

That's business. Though, remember FFVersusXIII remains PS3 exclusive (for now) and that's the title I am most interested in – aside from a FFVII remake.


Last edited by Nynja on 1/14/2009 4:13:04 PM

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Who says we dont like RPGs? Iv never played one but I might give this one a try.

Look at the sales of Fable. It speaks for itself.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

That's the point Josh, lots and lots of Sony fans have been into RPGs for over a decade and you are an XBOX man and never have. I'm glad your interested it's a great genre, but the fact you haven't gotten into it is proof enough the biggest sales just logically wouldn't be on 360 hardware.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Ill have to agree sadly. Not many 360 owners I think will buy this. But then again Fable sold very well. So we will have to see.

Jackyl
Jackyl
11 years ago

Maybe I need to stop holding on to this but I'm still hoping what Square Enix Corporate Director Shinji Hashimoto said is accurate. "It's not like we're canceling or delaying the PS3 version at all! It's more of an added bonus for 360 fans. We won't be putting them at a disadvantage in any way."
Yes this was back on Nov 28th but he specifically stated that they weren't going to delay the PS3 version for the Xbox360. Guess until I hear a direct quote from someone at SE I will cling to that last element of hope.

daus26
daus26
11 years ago

Even if that were true, M$ would probably be able to bribe them with more money. Srry, but that is the only logical reason I can think of on why SE would make such a move. Delaying a finished game because the other systems version is not????

It all make sense. M$ probably paid them enough money to provide FFXIII in the 360 for NA. M$ knows the 360 is poor in Japan so they (M$) didnt bother paying SE more money to release FFXIII in Japan.

SE <3 M$ because of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

SE:
Loyalist fans < $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


Last edited by daus26 on 1/14/2009 4:46:19 PM

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Nintendo anyone?

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

joshua ff didn't become famous with nintendo, its like saying that new york should go to the dutch just cause they found it first. Oh n y r u back here again?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Jackl, the problem here seems to be that SE is always talking out of both sides of its mouth. I see that quote and when he said they aren't canceling or delaying the PS3 version I'll bet you a brand new servant ass-wiping monkey that he meant the development of it, not the release.