Hey…where did this come from? How come we never heard of this before? We follow Final Fantasy XIII like it was our own child out there, wandering the mysterious, barren plains of "coming soon" land.
Well, maybe this is just the first time anyone is hearing of it. According to the Unofficial Final Fantasy Site , Square-Enix has announced Final Fantasy XIII: Episode Zero , which is "a set of stories that lead up to the events of FFXIII, to be released online separately and likely in a physical form at a later date." So basically, this prequel will show up before the game hits store shelves – we assume – and as we find at the game's official website , the story will be penned by Jun Eishima, a veteran of the long-running franchise. And just to clarify, we're not talking about a game, here; these are stories you will read, and the first episode will be entitled, "Encounter." It should be available "soon" although there's no word yet on whether or not a translated version will pop up on the North American and/or European Networks. The storylines in this series have always been stellar and to have some lead-in plot well before we dive into FFXIII should be helpful. No worries about feeling lost, or anything.
We'll let you know if Square-Enix makes another announcement that says these stories will be translated into English. For the sake of all hardcore FF fans 'round these parts, we hope that time is soon.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII