In some ways, we're like, "yay, we get to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all year!" and in other ways, we're like, "…damnit, we have to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all damn year."
God only knows how far off a North American release date is, but we do have some relatively good news for you. We say "relatively" because Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada mentioned that the delay of Dragon Quest IX for the DS may cause the release of FFXIII to slip. Thankfully, this doesn't appear to be the case: according to Kotaku, FFXIII director and writer Motomu Toriyama simply said in response- "Development is going favorably for a 2009 launch." This was in the latest Famitsu, so we're going to say it's accurate and up-to-date, but don't get too excited; he's obviously only talking about Japan. But at least this means we might still see the game in the second quarter of 2010, so cross your fingers and wish really, really hard.
We've also learned that the playable demo included in the upcoming Blu-Ray release of "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" will be about one hour in length. That's a great length for any playable demo, and we only wish we could see it on store shelves in the U.S. The silver lining is that you can probably expect to see real in-game footage taken from that demo popping up on YouTube; hell, someone might even put up a video of them playing the entire hour. See? We're trying to stay optimistic, here.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII