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. 😉

Original Story:

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

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Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

Again, with wishful thinking: I so so so so hope the Japanese version includes English subtitles.

Oh, and does this mean the Poll result counts in this article? Seems the majority were correct with their prediction.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

i wish too, this could be possible with the generous space on BluRay, just like Bayonetta.

If that is the case, I will just buy the Jap version, and actually, if every JRPG this gen has english in Japanese version, i will buy all in Japanese versions, cuz I do prefer the Jap. voiceover and the overall cover arts and you get hands on the game without waiting for localization


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 11/12/2009 11:29:12 PM

Jackyl
Jackyl
11 years ago

I'd also go for the Japanese version if it has English subtitles. Especially since those copies will have the beta pass code for FFXIV!

Smoothhands
Smoothhands
11 years ago

@ Jakyl: apparently the FFXIV beta code with FFXIII was a misinterpretation. I don't believe there will be a beta code with it.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Mine Mine Mine. I love you FF.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

Is this source the same person who leaked your secret game?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

No.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

What, since when was Ben's secret game leaked? Tell.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

We haven't announced it yet (can't, really).

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

It just goes smoothly cause it's made in PS3 then ported to Xbox. If only everyone could do that, then we'll be shooting out excellent PS3 games.

Although to me, I would think that will be the last game that Square Enix will be using PS3 as lead platform. So future Final Fantasy games will look worse than XIII, except for XIII versus. Please someone tell me im dead wrong.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Future games will use the same engine only better optimized for each console with shared art assets… so… NO there will not be "worse looking" games in the future… it's amazing really that you would even think that the PS3 has some kind of magical edge over the 360

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Has nothing to do with magic. When the PS3 pumps out games with graphical and performance power like uncharted 2 and KZ2 and the best game on the xbox thats touted by you tools is queers of bore 2, with all it's screen tearing and terrible texture loading, it's OBVIOUS the ps3 has the edge. Go troll some were else.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

Happy birthday to me, what a March it will be.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

GOWIII and GT5 have something to say 'bout this

So does Super SFIV

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

And White Knight Chronicle have something to whisper.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Even if I have to go broke I'll get FFXIII, WKC and GOWIII.

bomba2812
bomba2812
11 years ago

and so does battlefield BC2

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
11 years ago

Jeeezz… GOW3,GT5,BS2,FF13… I will be broke after that… :D. But I'm still hoping this date is true. I'm a FFF – Final Fantasy Fanatic 🙂

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Ohhh na.

___________
___________
11 years ago

seems like a wasted opportunity to me.

just2skillf00l
just2skillf00l
11 years ago

1…2…no it will be released 3 months earlier than expected. Well not really if you think way back when…but that's old news. Hopefully this proves to be true. Because if it is…sniff…(get that onion outta here)…sorry about that it will truly make my month even more epic than it already will be. (there wasn't an onion)…sniff

piratedrunk
piratedrunk
11 years ago

I'll definitely be getting both.. but God of War will have to wait. This game looks incredible

EDIT: oops replied to the wrong person my bad


Last edited by piratedrunk on 11/13/2009 2:30:07 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

God of War III will have to wait. I need my Final Fantasy fix.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Fuck God of War, I'm renting that. FF13 will consume me for months.

daus26
daus26
11 years ago

I agree with this. As awesome as GOW is, its length can't be comparable to Final Fantasy's legendary 50hrs plus single player mode, at the least. For sure, FF13 will last much longer for me.

However.. GT5 is the one I'm getting first of the three.

___________
___________
11 years ago

i cant believe im hearing this.
if i could only buy 1 game for the rest of my life it would be GOW3

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Button Smashing/Gore rolled up into what will probably be 8hrs of gameplay like the last 2 GOW games = Rental for me.

I'd much rather play an RPG, especially a new Final Fantasy where I'm guaranteed at least 100hours.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Exactly.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Length and fun are too different things

GOWIII = fun
FFXIII = a story which has a lot of potential to be great, but a lot of potential to be lackluster

That's why rpgs are hard to design. If the story ain't great/original and engaging the game could just be an afterthought

On DESIGN alone, GOWIII rapes FFXIII

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I'm with you Jawk, FF always wins if cash is the issue, but you guys shouldn't put down Kratos. We gotta support our exclusives too.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Yeah yeah. Final Fantasy is our stuff but Kratos will always beat anything =]

King James
King James
11 years ago

Vertigo,

That GoW comment is the new #1 comment I disagree with you the MOST on. Which is funny b/c I always knew you would top yourself somehow. I didn't know how you would do it, but I knew you would. LOL.

www
www
11 years ago

I have the GOWIII Demo, its cool but the graphics isn't all that, I think U2 is still better looking, well its a demo so you'll never know. The gameplay is splendid as always.

___________
___________
11 years ago

fun will always beat replay ability for me.
ive always hated RPGs but still i would rather have a 5 hour fun game than a 20 hour boring game.
example resistance fall of man, every single time my cuz comes over we play that, ive finished it like 20 times and am still not bored of it.
but FF XII finished the SP once and never touched it again.
GOW3 may be short but i can see me playing it again and again probably finishing it 4 times in the first 2 weeks, but FF XIII, ill probably play it till ive finished the story mode than take it back.
thats why to me FUN!>length.
thats one thing games are completley lacking these days.
FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Last edited by ___________ on 11/14/2009 7:12:37 AM

daus26
daus26
11 years ago

Ben I thought you said GoW III was delayed to April 1st, or was that some kind of April fool's joke?

Also, the date in Japan mentioned late March, for Gran Turismo 5. Kaz has said multiple times that the release dates for US/Europe is still to be decided and that it'll be based on marketing strategy. But he did confirmed that it would be after, so best guess is at least April. Honestly, I thought Sony's strategy were to spread out these high quality AAA games rather than jamming them in one month, let alone 3!

I just don't see it, but it could very well be possible cause they're all different genres. If not then its March and April we gotta worry about.

Culoslap
Culoslap
11 years ago

I'm passed the point of caring about this game.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I don't know why. There's always a waiting period between FF's and I'm sure it won't suffer from your typical multiplat short comings. Square is a much better dev then most other 3rd party devs.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

well, to me, final fantasy games have always be a game that break through barriers in technology. same as all the final fantasy in their times like how it was the best graphics back in ff7. but now that its just settling because of being a multiplatform, its hard to get worked up.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

That's alright culo, you'll still buy it.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Anything on a european release?

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I've read the announcement is about both western versions.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Release it early and make me a happy man SE.
If you do, then the world will end with you….

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Looks like you got your wish, so I won't have to take them down with me when the world ends.

spiderboi
spiderboi
11 years ago

I just crapped in my pants. damn, together with GT5 and GoW. I can hear my wallet "Mercy……"

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

if you had to drop one game what would it be?

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

I'll be getting GT5 first, it'll be the first time i seriously try my hand on a GT game, back in GT3 and GT4 I wasn't really interested in it because I was sucked in by NFS:MW and NFS:Carbon and also the Burnout series.
But now things are different as this is gonna be the first racing game in blu ray that's actually gonna be worth buying.(Motorstorm? meh…..less than 20 tracks and 16 cars really just isn't worth it even if it's 8 type of vehicle.)
But I'll probably be getting FFXIII not long after.


Last edited by Snaaaake on 11/13/2009 8:10:25 AM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

8:20am Central time here and I'm sitting here reading various news sites waiting for 9:30 to come around when the FF13 Nov. 13 news drops!

Victor321
Victor321
11 years ago

My wallet just filed a lawsuit on me.

soli
soli
11 years ago

lol ben ur wrong by a day ;p

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

No I'm not. It SHIPS on the 8th, which is the date I had. So…HA. 😉