There are many assumptions and rumors concerning the Final Fantasy XIII release date, and that's simply because it doesn't have an official date for either Japan or North America.

But Square-Enix has remained firm in their stance that the most anticipated RPG of the generation will be available on Japanese shelves by the end of 2009. And recently, according to Final Fantasy-XIII.net (citing ITMedia), Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada has once again confirmed that stance. He said the development of the game is "going well," and the team is ready to make a big splash at this year's Tokyo Game Show, which kicks off towards the end of September. Wada also provided us with the exciting news that they will give FFXIII an actual Japanese date in "several weeks." Of course, we won't see it here until 2010, but Wada reassured everyone by saying it most certainly will launch at "the end of the year" in Japan. We've also heard in the past that Square-Enix is working to speed up the typically lengthy localization process, which could mean that FFXIII might launch here as early as late spring or early summer. Of course, that's nothing more than speculation mixed with a wee bit of hope, but whatever.

By the way, "in several weeks" could correspond to the upcoming GamesCom event, so everyone stay tuned. We have the feeling that a late-November/early-December Japanese release date is accurate…

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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englishgolfer
englishgolfer
11 years ago

japan's gonna explode when this game comes out!

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

I predict a ''Blazblue'' going to happen and the Ps3 version going to outsell the 360 version via imported japanese versions.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Which then leads to a slight less expected sales in the US on the PS3 because of the already imported versions settled in peoples home with more Xbox sales leading Squeenix to believe the 360 is the best option in the western area and develops more exclusives for it only to end up confused and baffled why they aren't selling shit. But that's only if those people don't buy the US version too.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

There is no 360 Japanese version… if that is what you are saying.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

FF hardcore fans would also buy not only the US version but the Special Edition.

again square must know the rpg arent doing well on the 360 but those check are worth for them…even microsoft dont care about the sales of the rpg's they only want to stop the Ps3 to get them.


Last edited by Oxvial on 8/7/2009 2:15:38 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Doesn't matter once you take total worldwide sales into account the Japanese market that is only available on PS3 will make a huge dent in the 360 sales.

Jackyl
Jackyl
11 years ago

@LegendaryWolfeh
Just as we expect a bunch of US import sales of the game I expect Squenix knows this as well and will be taking it into consideration.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Of course Squeenix won't, they're in denial about the possiblity of PS3 users in america wanting their games.

@Orvis
No I was talking about when the game releases in the western side later on in like 2010, since ppl imported they won't buy the game here on the ps3 so it'll look like sales on the 360 are more.

but either way all this is just sh** talk lol

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Doesnt really mean much when your in Europe lol, it usually takes a year after the games are relased there to get here to England.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

The longer we have to wait the less interested I become. Maybe that's a good thing. I hyped myself up(with the help of Crapcom of course) for Resident Evil 5 and I was greatly dissapointed.

DaNgerSteVe
DaNgerSteVe
11 years ago

STUPID sqaure not releasing the ps3 version first for america, and im hoping there is at least english subtitles in this game or else idk

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

most likely it'll be at announced at tgs,that's several weeks away

chucknasty
chucknasty
11 years ago

I wish I were Japanese. They get all the good games first, tentacle porn and, of course, tasty sushi. It's just not fair.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Lol what, you know there's actually live-action t porn in japan too ;D

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Japan is a cool place, I know from first hand experience, but you don't wish you were Japanese, trust me. A lot of social pressures and such, you're never good enough. A very high suicide rate.

chucknasty
chucknasty
11 years ago

I think the real solution is to learn Japanese so I can just order their games a year early and be able to play them…it would also be nice to know what those tentacles are saying that make them so darn appealing:)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

lol, chucknasty you are nasty. Friggin hilarious though. Japanese porn is the craziest thing in the world, even nuttier than german. What is wrong with people?

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

Haha… Fantastic! *Thumbs up*

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Like all Japanese games, I wish they keep the native voice acting and used the english subs. It feels a lot more authentic. But with Blu-ray, multiple languages shouldn't be an issue.. ne?? ne???

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Then it wouldn't be fair to xbots. Square was asked about the PS3 version and whether or not we would get the original Japanese audio. They said they could do it due to the large size of the blue ray discs but probably wont because it wouldn't be fair to xbots. Not enough room on the DVD. They are already pushing it. 10 discs? Ha.

Yay! Xbox doings it's part to ruin games for the rest of us who choose not to waste our money on junk! Thanks bill GAYtes!

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Fair?

No no no, the 360 has it's glory of XBL and superior game ports. It would do a great injustice to not add this feature for the PS3. Oh wait, that would mean the release date would be exactly the same time at it would be in Japan.

Damn M$ for releasing the game at the same time as the 360. PLEASE SQUARE-ENIX give the option of multiple language option.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I think they have to sync the lips to the english language in the localization process, so it would look wrong with Japanese coming out of their mouths.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Richochet, I'm with you. I think it's stupid but MS money talks and Square is listening with open ears.

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
11 years ago

Oh whats that? What did you say Yoichi Wada? SE wants to release FFXIII in the US at the same time in "several weeks"? That sounds like a great idea! Dude chucknasty, keep the hentai outta here!

556pineapple
556pineapple
11 years ago

This is cool, but I'm more looking forward to Versus XIII. When that games finished, maybe they'll finally start on Kingdom Hearts III?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

What a jip, FFXIII was the biggest reason I went out and bought my PS3 cuz it was supposed to be out in 2008, now its 2010, SE needs to collapse and die and give Final Fantasy to Level 5 or Atlus.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Me too. This and RE5. Then when it was announced that both of these games were going multiplat my stomach launched up into my throat. Oh well, with all the great exclusive that are here and are to come Its an even trade.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

@WorldEnds

I say give it to Mistwalker and rename the series to "Lost Fantasy", and chop it off from the Microsoft as sponsor.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

LOLLLLL @ FFXIIIon360

That's a classic ^_^

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Guys, give him all all your thumbs ups.
It'll look cool.

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

Astig!! gusto ko ng magkaron ng FFXIII, d na ko makapaghintay!!

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

Boring!!!!

I'll be too preoccupied playing Demon's Souls to even care.

Tristan
Tristan
11 years ago

Im too preoccupied babysitting my baby to even play video games.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

if this is true, i will buy a Jap. copy from the Playasia web to import it and "Blind play" it first, and when north american versions are out, i will trade in and get the English version. or i keep both. lol

just cant wait any longer

Kiryu
Kiryu
11 years ago

We would've gotten this game this fall if it wasn't for M$!

DaNgerSteVe
DaNgerSteVe
11 years ago

i cant wait to laugh my ass off after he says nothing, on a release date. Wada is serious pissing me off and deserve to leave has ceo president

___________
___________
11 years ago

"the most anticipated RPG of the generation"
make that the second most anticipated RPG of the generation, no 3rd.
1st would be borderlands.
2nd would be V 13 (whenever its out)
3rd would be 13.
i lost allot of respect when SE used CGI screens to show off how the game would look, and now it looks no where near as good.
if your title cant reach a certain quality dont say it can.
and moving over to M$ was their final nail in the coffin.
all the japanese developers have gone greedy.
SE, capcom, teamco, guys who do tecken 6.
they have all gone greedy and sadly from that there quality is slipping.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

I agree with "all the Jap. developers have gone greedy", but can not agree with "The Borderlands is the most anticipated RPG of this gen" — it is not even a typical JRPG, let alone most anticipated. it has to be FF13 followed by v13.


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 8/8/2009 5:06:53 AM

LowKey
LowKey
11 years ago

Who friggin cares, I wanna know when White Knight Cronicles is comin out.