An online ad leaked the Japanese release date for Final Fantasy XIII early, but now, Square-Enix has officially confirmed it.

Boss man Yoichi Wada stood before the crowd at the Final Fantasy XIII Premiere Party and revealed that the massively anticipated RPG would indeed launch on December 17 in Japan. Further information from the event says a European release date (and presumably, a North American date) is coming in the very near future, and Sony's Kaz Hirai has said we can expect a PS3 bundle for the game when it finally arrives. We're not sure if this will be limited to Japan, but it's great to know it's coming. Furthermore, the pricing for FFXIII in Japan is a little interesting; it will retail for 8800 yen, which translates to around $95; it's closer to a hundred bucks with the tax. …that's an expensive game, but you can bet the Japanese gaming public will still respond with vigor. We're not exactly surprised that a US/EU release date hasn't been revealed during this Premiere Party; it's more likely that Square-Enix is reserving that for the Tokyo Game Show in a few weeks time. Until then, we'll choose to stick by GameStop's listed date of June 21, 2010.

Of course, we may not have all the details from that party just yet so stay tuned. Maybe the last thing they'll announce is a Final Fantasy VII remake for the PS3… HAha…hahaHAhaHA! …'sob'

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Can't wait to see how much this sells, DQ for the DS was a monster.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

Im thinking if there will be a price increase for the game when it's released in the states. Maybe a reservation now while it's still marked at $60 bucks.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

you can reserve it all you want. if the price goes up, it will go up for you even if you preorder it while its 60 bucks. pretty much common sense that you will have to pay the higher price.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

meh, still horrible character designs

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Give it a chance, it might grow on you.

Byakko2009
Byakko2009
11 years ago

I agree with Scarecrow that the character designs aren't up to par with previous installments. However, to call them horrible is a terrible exaggeration. A minor drop in character design isn't enough to convict this RPG so soon. I'm sure it'll be nothing short of awesome when it finally comes out.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Maybe they will have "a great personality" ūüėČ

Jonesy555
Jonesy555
11 years ago

I love the character designs…but thats just me.

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

I think the blonde chick with the glasses in the cg videos looks mega hot… that's good design…

-Arvis

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Wrong article Arvis, Porn article is a few slots down.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

She's just a Lightning clone

King James
King James
11 years ago

@Scarecrow
U must prefer the older FF style games like 9 and 6.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Not necessarily, my favorite FFs are: X/X-2, XII, and VIII

These characters look so out of place. You got the futuristic Lightning, then you've got a cowboy with an afro and a chocobo in it. A guy straight out of FFVIII, and some FFX characters

The mixture of design just doesn't MAKE SENSE
And it's the worst kind of variety I've seen in any FF, design wise.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

The blonde female with glasses has a saucy professor persona mmmmm, with (sadly) awesome videogame cleavage? lol

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Can anyone give positive confirmation that the Japanese version "will not" support English subtitles?

My guess is that it will not.

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
11 years ago

I really don't think most of the character designs are too bad. Some look pretty funky, Lightening certainly grew on me. This game is going to be epic, I'm glad I started getting back into RPGs. Quick question(off topic) does Demon Souls really look that great?

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
11 years ago

YES and WKC looks better than all (imo)

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

WKC looks like it has good gameplay but from the preview I saw the graphics are seriously lacking compaired to some other games out there

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Yea. WKC will be good, but I don't think it will be better the FFXIII.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

WKC=1080p

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

well, white knight chronicles were released a while a go and final fantasy XIII isnt even out yet. Besides, square enix has been working a hell of a long time on this compared to white knight chronicles, i think. plus they have more money to throw at it.

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

hubby is not as excited as he was when they first announced it, but I bet once it comes out he'll sing a different tune.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Doubt the US will get the bundle. We rarely get cool bundles.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Ya, the PSP gets more love in terms of bundles than the PS3.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

That's one spot where UK can't complain.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

UK Representative: We'll see about that!

As for FFXIII….. I'm just trying to ignore it, we still have to wait 6 months after Japan during them 6 months spoilers will be all over the web. But when its finally released I'm hoping it will be legendary & to the quality of VII – X


Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 9/8/2009 3:01:51 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

That inFAMOUS bundle was a good one.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Avoiding spoilers will be tough.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Gran Turismo 5 race car rear spoilers that is..

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

Already on my list of stuff to import, I will be playing that game come this christmas, and then again when spring 2010 hits. Who cares if it's in Japanese, it'll be awesome to finally play a FF game on my PS3.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

For the record, heyface is just another idiot you can all ignore and who will always be banned whenever he shows up.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I figured that much, noticed he had posted on several articles within minutes all with negative views.

DGo8
DGo8
11 years ago

To be honest this doesnt get me excited one bit…i've never really got in to final fantasy…i played one on my friends psp & i loved it but..i've never liked or a better word to use got into a Final Fantasy before in my life i did own one on playstation but i cant remember what one lol… Still dont think it should be a XBOX game..Final Fantasy is a Playstation game..just my opinion.

I Expect thumbs down lol

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

Over 3 years after the launch of the ps3 and we're finally graced by the presence of a Square Enix game. I think I'll pass. =D

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Well for goodness sake, it better still be $60 for the rest of us or I'll be perfectly happy waiting and not giving SE any cashola this time around when I get it. That's Activision shenanigans!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I would pay double, even triple the amount. FF is my crack.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

Shhh! don't say that…they could be lisening…

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Oh I meant half or a 3rd of that price!

Jonesy555
Jonesy555
11 years ago

Thumbed up for the use of shenanigans in a normal sentence. I'd do it twice if I could for agreeing with you about the price.


Last edited by Jonesy555 on 9/8/2009 3:14:29 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

FF is my crack too, but SE have become a greedy dealer. Nobody likes a greedy dealer.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

If more them $60, that means a used purchase for me.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

If the price is that high I'd rather wait for Versus XIII.

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
11 years ago

One should not directly "translate" the currency and prices in other countries to US Dollars pricing. The normal price here in Norway for new games is $100.

Gogaku
Gogaku
11 years ago

If it lands on any price over $60 here in the U.S. I will not buy this game. And that's from a guy who loves FF.
Videogames are expensive as it is, and SE sure can afford to put a "regular" price tag on it. Boycot from me if that's the case…

Jonesy555
Jonesy555
11 years ago

I would gladly buy this game…a while after it goes down. Or rent it from Gamefly and buy it from them at a discounted price….this is one expensive MF'in game! WtF was SE thinking?

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

Well I just pre-ordered it and all together it's gonna cost me $110, I just don't care it's totally worth it.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Dreamy…

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

I wonder if they will be an xbox 360 bundle for the game as well.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

thanks a lot ben.

CrazyIrishBoy
CrazyIrishBoy
11 years ago

95 bucks! And it will be even more expensive in europe like usual, and even more expensive than that in ireland like usual. It cant be the basic game that they will be paying for… can it?


Last edited by CrazyIrishBoy on 9/8/2009 3:38:07 PM