Realistically speaking, not many really believed Final Fantasy XIII would be available in North America this year. But even so, a few of us had our fingers crossed.

According to Reuters, Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada has said that FFXIII will indeed release this year…but only in Japan. It will come to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in other major regions "in the fiscal year beginning April 2010." Wada moved on to speak about the financial status of his company, and it appears the profits for this fiscal year will drop 21 billion yen (that's about $236 million) in comparison to last year. It's a 2.4% decline, but you needn't concern yourself with the publisher's position; Dragon Quest IX for the DS will release in Japan this March and instantly sell about 10 trillion copies. As for FFXIII, we're just really annoyed that PS3 owners have to wait for a completed game just because Square-Enix wants a simultaneous PS3/360 launch in North America. We have no problem whatsoever with the game coming to the 360; it'll likely be an inferior version, anyway, and even if it's not, more gamers should get a shot at an awesome title. The problem is that S-E has said they won't even start on the 360 version until the PS3 one is complete, which means PS3 owners have to wait . Why?

Well, whatever the reason, we won't be seeing FFXIII 'round these parts, on any platform, until 2010. That's the long and short of it. Unfortunately, this must mean Final Fantasy Versus XIII , which is exclusive to the PS3, must be even further behind.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII