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