E3 2008: Square Enix Final Fantasy XIII Q & A – 360 Will Delay US PS3 Launch

Immediately after the Microsoft event, Square Enix decided it was a good time to directly address the press about the big Final Fantasy XIII news. Along with press from around the world I pressed into a small conference room to listen as Final Fantasy Producer Yohinori Kitase and Square Enix VP Shinji Hashimoto as they addressed questions about the highly anticipated game.

Right out the gate the question of why Square Enix changed its stance on Final Fantasy being a Sony exclusive game was posed. The gentlemen diplomatically fielded the question and the root of the answer was basically that Square has come to recognize the impact of the 360 in America versus the PS3 and they want Final Fantasy XIII to reach the widest audience possible. The two versions will be developed by Square Japan but only the US and possibly Europe will get the 360 version.

While this might not seem strange one of the more shocking admissions during the conference was that the development cycle of the game would proceed normally for Japan but the US release would be tied to the development of the 360 game and the localization concerns. The 360 development, according to Hashimoto would not even begin until after the PS3 version was complete. This effectively means that Japan will get FF XIII a good while before the US and Europe because the 360 version will take time to integrate and develop.

There was a lot of discussion in the panel about the motion control, downloadable content and other advantages that could be leveraged for the various platforms but Kitase reiterated a number of times that the two versions would be identical. They were not sure how they would ship the game on the smaller storage size of DVD or even how many DVDs it might require because the game is not yet complete and they aren;t sure how much of the PS3 Blu-Ray it’ll take up.

There was a little talk about the differences between the previous games and FF XIII and it basically came down to a flashy, fast frenetic game that is being built off the ATB ( Active Time Battle) system and would not be real-time as some have feared.

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10 Comments on E3 2008: Square Enix Final Fantasy XIII Q & A – 360 Will Delay US PS3 Launch

Davn Kincade

On July 14, 2008 at 8:41 pm

This is a large right hook to U.S. and European sales of the PS3, i’m wondering in Sony will address some concerns about this move.

A friend of mine who has been a long time fan of the Final Fantasy series has been holding off on buying a PS3 until FFXIII came out…now she has no desire to even pick one up..i’m sure she’s not going to be alone on that one.


On July 14, 2008 at 9:31 pm

An amazing catch for the 360 obviously but how it’ll get ported in time for a release window is anyones guess. I think sony could still get a nice run if they demand english subs in the japanese release and ‘secretly’ make it region free :razz: but it is a powerful message from microsoft in this early stage of E3, is it too early though :wink:


On July 14, 2008 at 10:07 pm

that’s a hot female character depicted. i mean male. i mean female. no, i mean male. i mean… oh, it. i give up :roll:


On July 15, 2008 at 12:52 am

Who cares, the entire series has been ass since VI & VII


On July 15, 2008 at 2:12 am

ohh great, now we have to wait an eternity before the game releases … good move from square to move to the 360, a little late though. bad move to postpone the us/eu ps3 version, my guess is that MS paid for this.
But maybe it will “only” take a year to get the title to the 360 – i doubt it though.


On July 15, 2008 at 3:33 am

@ Handisnacks; I don’t think you went far enough – I declare Final Fantasy is pure ass, 8-bit is where it was best and even then it was pretty terrible.


On July 15, 2008 at 6:32 am

@ Davn Kincade

If your friend is a huge fan of Final Fantasy she will surely still be getting a PS3 because of FFXIII Versus which is still exclusive. If she was going to buy a console for ONE game why would she decide to miss out on half of it?

This will not affect console sales at all. Anyone who was going to upgrade to a new console for FF will still be getting a PS3 because that’s still the only console that has the whole of FFXIII. Nobody is going to buy a 360 for FFXIII and everybody who was going to buy a PS3 for it will still do so.

It makes me laugh how many people are lying online that they were going to buy a PS3 but now FFXIII is on the 360 they arent going to :lol: If they were that much of a fan they would still be getting one because there is every chance that FXIII Versus will be a better game than FFXIII.

All this move means is that Square Enix will sell more units of the title in the west than they would have and its good PR for Microsoft but nothing more.


On July 15, 2008 at 7:01 am

@ Handisnacks & Andrew:
If you don’t like FF series, then why even read stories about new ones and come here to flame about how much they “suck”. off and die. Especially VII. That was the best. game. EVER. Period.


On July 15, 2008 at 7:03 am

Well looks like I will be buying the 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII now. Achievments and better online play through Xbox Live FTW.

Still playing Uncharted though and it is a great game. The PS3 needs more great exclusive games.

And Norbit what the hell is Final Fantasy XIII Versus? I have not heard anything about it at all.

The All-Star Game is on tonight baby……Go Marlins!!!!

Davn Kincade

On July 15, 2008 at 9:18 am


I hate to tell you this, but games sell systems….if you believe that people are ‘lying’ because they will buy a system for one game then that’s your choice, it’s incredibly arrogant on your part but it’s your choice…..i purchased a Wii simply to play Zelda and haven’t touched it since.

FF Versus is exclusive as of 2006…things change, not to mention that there hasn’t been any real confirmation that FF Versus is even coming stateside…so FF versus is a moot point at this stage.

FFXIII -was- exclusive…and it -will- affect sales..it’s affecting sales as i type this, is it going to be a disaster for Sony?…probably not….will they see an obvious slump? you better believe it.

Frankly this argument is old, the numbers are out there and they don’t lie…Square-Enix has come to the conclusion that it’s going to be more profitable to bring FFXIII to the 360…justify your fanboy status all you wish Norbit, it makes little difference to anybody with eyes and half a brain that the PS3 has been the worst selling console Sony has produced.