GameStop currently hold a June 21, 2010 launch date for Final Fantasy XIII and at the recent FFXIII Premiere Party in Tokyo, Square-Enix announced the official release date for Japan: December 17.
But now that the videos from that event are starting to hit the Internet, everyone is trying to dissect the words of Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada, game producer Yoshinori Kitase, and Sony boss Kaz Hirai. However, there doesn't need to be much "dissecting" if you watch the end of the following video, where Kitase talks about the impending North American/European release for FFXIII. We don't need to explain it in detail; just watch and learn:
We had heard before that Square-Enix wants to shorten the localization process for this project and if they can indeed hit that three month goal, it would mean FFXIII drops on US shores in March. However, this could be both good and bad: March is already home to God of War III , which could prove to be immense competition. But on the other hand, the name "Final Fantasy" has rarely failed in the sales chart department so perhaps it doesn't matter.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII