So now that we know Final Fantasy XIII is less than four months away, Western RPG aficionados have circled that March 9 date on their calendars. They're probably seeking more info, too, which is where we come in.
Downloadable content has become a staple in this generation; past RPGs like Fallout 3 have benefited greatly from significantly large digital expansions. However, according to CVG , producer Yoshinori Kitase says the team isn't planning to release any DLC for FFXIII…well, in Japan, anyway. The interesting part about his comment is that, due to Square-Enix's thirst for learning more about Western tastes in an effort to appeal to a wider audience, they're clearly not ruling out DLC for Western territories. Said Kitase:
"Unfortunately, it has been decided that no DL contents will be available for the Japanese version due out in December, while no decision has been made for the overseas versions."
When asked if he feels any pressure to add DLC to FFXIII, simply because everyone else has jumped on the downloadable bandwagon, Kitase followed up with this:
"I do not feel any pressure. We intend to ensure that Final Fantasy titles we produce will be highly appreciated worldwide. Hence we always expose ourselves to inspirations from western products in attempts to digest and apply them for Final Fantasy."
It almost seems as if Square-Enix is approaching the Western release of FFXIII as an experiment. They may bide their time and see if the fans demand additional content, or if they're happy with the game as is; this is more a matter of "feeling us out," you know? That's how I'm interpreting these statements, anyway.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII