It won't come as good news to role-playing fans, but at this rate, Square-Enix has a ways to go to re-earn a lot of lost respect, anyway.
According to FinalFantasyUnion , it seems the veteran RPG publisher isn't even willing to outright confirm Final Fantasy XIII for release this fiscal year. In a recent meeting with the Japanese press, Square-Enix received questions concerning both FFXIII amd Dragon Quest IX , and when asked if FFXIII would definitely release "within this fiscal year," the answer given was:
"God knows. … Is the truth (laughs). I'll try!"
…that isn't funny. But then again, perhaps we're just reading too much into a simple, lighthearted statement that may not mean anything. The one-hour demo that just released with the Blu-Ray edition of "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" said FFXIII would launch in Japan in "Winter 2009," and that's still the official word on the matter. So take heart. But really, remarks like this only make us think that another delay may be looming around the corner, and that would really suck for North American gamers, who still have to wait through the localization process.
Oh well, let's just be optimistic and stick with the previously revealed "Winter 2009" thing.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII