Square-Enix still promises to release Final Fantasy XIII in Japan before 2009 is out, but North American gamers can only guesstimate concerning their 2010 launch.
Previously, we had heard that the localization process might not be so lengthy for this particular title, and we'd get it some time in the spring. But Square-Enix hasn't deigned to offer up a date, which means we're all still floundering about in the dark, hoping we don't have to wait almost a full year. Well, GameStop certainly thinks we won't have to: it's not exactly spring, but it's close, as you can see here . If this date is accurate, it means FFXIII will be on store shelves on June 22, 2010, and there's a good chance this is a bit more than your standard placeholder date. First of all, it's not on the first of the month and secondly, it's mere days after the conclusion of E3…and that'd be some damn good timing. Oh, and you don't normally have to worry about other blockbuster titles to compete against in the month of June, so perhaps Square-Enix is lining this one up nicely for the US market.
We'll have to see if Square-Enix confirms or denies this date at the Tokyo Game Show, which kicks off in less than a month. We anticipate a great number of big announcements at that event…
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII