We had heard that a release date announcement for Final Fantasy XIII might come during a behind-closed-doors Square-Enix conference at the Tokyo Game Show in a few weeks time.
Well, now it appears as if it's definitely going to happen; i.e., an upgrade from the rumor bin. According to the Unofficial Final Fantasy site , an invite for the FFXIII Premiere Party has supposedly been leaked to the Internet. The event is being held on September 8 at 7 p.m. Japanese time and will run for approximately 2 hours. It seems attendees will be able to play FFXIII and Square-Enix does plan to reveal the price and date of the game; we can easily guess at one, but it's the other that has us on pins and needles. Recently, we learned that GameStop listed the hotly anticipated RPG with a June 21, 2010 US launch date (on shelves on the 22nd) and the popular opinion is that it's not just a placeholder date. Of course, hardcore FF fans will also be looking for news concerning a Final Fantasy VII remake, mostly thanks to a new comment from producer Yoshinori Kitase. That alone should bring extra interest for this FFXIII party event.
Obviously, we'll let you know what leaks out from that private get-together, and we assume the Japanese press will be all over it.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII