Update: This has been confirmed: Final Fantasy XIII will be on store shelves on March 9 in the US and Europe. Just remember that you heard it here FIRST. 😉
So we all know Square-Enix has a big announcement on tap for tomorrow (which is now about 15 minutes away, based on Eastern Standard Time). Most have assumed it will involve the Western release date for Final Fantasy XIII , and the big rumor is that due to the rapid smoothness with which the developers are handling the localization process, FFXIII will be here much earlier than expected.
At this point, the only date we have is the placeholder date provided by GameStop, which says June 21, 2010. However, ever since the game was confirmed for a December 17 launch in Japan, Square-Enix has been saying that if all goes well, we could see this massively anticipated RPG in the US before the end of the first fiscal quarter (which ends March 31, 2010). Well, we're here to tell you that such speculation should be proven as official fact in just a few hours time: according to an inside source, we have heard that Final Fantasy XIII will be in North America "in the first two weeks of March," and the expected date is actually March 8. Now, without anything official, we're not going to announce this as irrefutable fact, and there's always the chance our source could be wrong. But said source seems awfully certain about this, and we have to admit, all the evidence points towards this outcome. However, last weekend, I speculated what might happen in March of next year IF…
And that "if" has come to pass. March will now include the biggest RPG of the generation, the biggest action game of the generation ( God of War III ), and the most anticipated racer of the generation in Gran Turismo 5 . Granted, the latter is only confirmed for March in Japan, but series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has said it'll be in the US and Europe "not much later." So it seems March is going to be murder on our wallets but even so, we can't wait. FFXIII…just GIMME. 'drools'
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII