Final Fantasy XIII arriving spring 2010

E3 2009: Square Enix narrows release window on long-awaited role-playing game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3.

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LOS ANGELES--At last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the biggest news out of Microsoft's media briefing was that Square Enix was bringing the next installment of its longtime Sony-exclusive Final Fantasy series to the Xbox 360 simultaneously with the PlayStation 3.

This year's Microsoft conference hosted another bit of Final Fantasy XIII news. Square Enix's Yoshinore Kitase announced that the developer is targeting a spring 2010 North American launch of the game. Kitase also showed off a bit of gameplay from the upcoming role-playing game. Attendees were treated to a look at the game's battle system, in which rebel protagonists Suds and Lightning fought a persistent robotic boss, which ultimately felt the wrath of the summon attack Odin.

For more from the Microsoft press conference and the rest of the show, check out GameSpot's complete coverage of E3 2009.

Discussion

146 comments
sanim02
sanim02

mehh 12 was mediocre from old Final fantasy standards. 13 we'll wait and see but I have no hopes for it. If you guys really wanna know why FF is so HUGE. Play FF V - X

lazydogg2007
lazydogg2007

i been an avided xbox fan since they came out and never played final fantasy before, untill i went round to my mates house and he was playin FF12 and let me have a go!!! 24hrs of him lettin me mess around on it and i was hooked!!! since then i became slightly more than addicted to rpgs! Oblivion Elder scrolls, fallout and im even tempted to buy lost oddessy!!!! But the fact that FF13 is comin out on 360 is awesome!!!! i can wait its a shame that its such along wait does any one have an idea roughtly when its released!!!!!

princeofcali33
princeofcali33

i'm a final fantasy fiend! this game won't be out for a while but i will wait patiently cuz when it comes out i will be getting it first day it comes out!! this one definitely seems to be well worth the wait. could easily be one of the best games of ALL-TIME! you read it correctly. wish i could go to japan to get it beforehand but wouldn't understand. haha.

Brunopereira14
Brunopereira14

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee finally. i was hoping it'd neva say if it was coming for sure. coz there were the maybes which i dnt like. prefer a deffinate answer. GoGaToR07. it'll be approx £50 right? i mean FFXII for ps2 was like £37.asian pride. i strongly agree with u on that. FFs have been for many years the best games in those years.

Brunopereira14
Brunopereira14

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GoGaToR07
GoGaToR07

well i guess i can save up my money now. man this sucks hurry up already.

GaRdYbOy
GaRdYbOy

Time for Final Fantasy XIII to get some achievements!!! Whoops

daddyslttlpiggy
daddyslttlpiggy

the fact that this game has been set back about 3 times now kinda makes me mad, first it was supposed to be out apr 09 then apr 10 and now it won't be out until dec 10 that is over a years and a half away. I love square enix they put out alot of good games and final fantasy is my favorite of all time. with how many times they have set this game back I have no doubt that it might be the best final fantasy ever made

rawr215
rawr215

that's like a year away! T__T it's not like i want this game... I NEED IT lol

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I can't wait for this game to come out it is going to be really awesome.

2682271
2682271

it is not only (one of the best) it is THE best and the one and only :)

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

Final Fantasy XIII could easily be one of the best games of 2010.

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

who cares about 13!!! I WANT 14 NOW!!!

gmax
gmax

Lucky number XIII.

Salehjamal
Salehjamal

@lukemularczyk: Wrong. Porting isn't just as translating. The english voice casting was started when the Xbox 360 dev kit wasn't even delivered to SE. Really I don't care if it was ported to the xbox but what I hate is that I have to wait for it to be ported so I can play it on my PS3 when I could have played it earlier just because of marketing rubbish.

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

really cool! we'll just have to wait now..

lukemularczyk
lukemularczyk

"you know what sucks...if it was not comming out for the 360 we would have got the game this year for the PS3 because the game was already finished and in production for the PS3 since last year" No its not, they started the translation work early but its still nowhere near ready on the ps3 for a us release, thye gotta trasnlate everything, test it , most likely fix anything that shows bugs after the jp release. you are not waiting for the ps3 release because of this, normally it takes a year for the US versions to come out after the JP release so tis about the same ammount of time!

yazuchi
yazuchi

damn you xbox! we just wanna play the game. FF goes well with ps3, no doubt about that.

MareInfinitus
MareInfinitus

@gameking5000 - Technically, FF is on the Wii with FF Crystal Chronicles. But FFXIII on the Wii would be a load of crap. I'm kind of glad they're waiting till next year to release it. It lets me know they're not rushing things.

jscapo
jscapo

Its all about money. What do you expect? Do you think they care about making you happy by releasing the PS3 version a year earlier? I hope it worth the wait in any case. Boing

iboo01
iboo01

thats a let down I actually thought they d release it this year

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I will be buying the PS3 version but I don't mind waiting until they have both versions ready. That way both PS3 and 360 owners can enjoy it together. Sounds fair to me.

bboysleepy32
bboysleepy32

we really have to wait for the 360 the version? wtf!!!

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

ok seriously i know that it's profitable to release it on two consoles but after delaying it for a year for one extra console JUST for a simultaneous release, i mean come on!!! just release the ps3 version than let the others wait. if you want it, get a damn ps3! other than that, i hope they don't "down-grade" the ps3 version just 'cause the 360 version can't keep up.

bennae66
bennae66

hmmm now the big question: do i get it on ps3 to partly justify my purchase a year ago of said console, or will it be just as good on 360? hmmmmmm

haloshalo
haloshalo

lol spring 2010 SE is really dated

Vann009
Vann009

Wow, that small demo was awesome. I loved the summon. The new build doesn't look that different TBH, though it's nice to hear English voices. I'm waiting anxiously for Sony's and SE's own press conference.

mrmac1595
mrmac1595

FFVII perfect game, why not remake that while we wait another year for this (already finished on the Ps3) game!

DMLSLAT
DMLSLAT

I have nothing against Microsoft except how much longer they made us wait for this. And that they buy things off other companies like this a lot, i.e. Rare, MGS...

minion715
minion715

you know what sucks...if it was not comming out for the 360 we would have got the game this year for the PS3 because the game was already finished and in production for the PS3 since last year but noooo we got to wait for Microsoft's slowness and what sucks more Japan gets to play it a year before the rest of the rest of world because again Microsoft payed Squar Enix to have it realeased at the same time for North America and Europe. I seriously hate Microsoft

TIDUSFOREVERX2
TIDUSFOREVERX2

First off, what games has Square-enix ever pushed back after they gave an official release date, and when they say spring of 2010 they mean it. It IS Xbox's fault that it isn't coming sooner, but i don't believe by much. The reason I believe this is because people at Sq said that they are going to stop first finishing games and then shipping them to be translated and voiced in other countries, it isn't cost effective. so they will simultainiously design, translate and voice their games in order to achieve sooner releases and more loyal fans. PS3 is going to look better, face it, it was meant to to pe on Playstation thats where it belongs, it is only getting to xbox because microsoft has nearly unlimited funds to just throw at companies, anyone who denies that needs to be pushed off a tall something. FFXIII Versus is a Playstation Exclusive, If this changes people are going to be P.O.'d. Also if there is a Limited edition PS better be the one to get it. * also note that FFXIII is NOT going to be released on XBOX in Japan.

JUSTBLAZE_928
JUSTBLAZE_928

Thats awesome ive been waiting to hear somethin on this game for a long time now. Hopefully it wont get overhyped and then let people down like RE5 did.

Ohno_Kateh
Ohno_Kateh

After all of this anticipation FF13 has brought to many fans, it better be worth while. I have been waiting (like many others) on this release date. I still don't think it is xbox worthy though.

bioghost
bioghost

It will be better released in Christmas rather than Spring 2010

xado
xado

Microsoft sucks PS3 FTW

xophaser
xophaser

With my unemployment situation I would rather get it sooner then later (though Q3 09) Too bad, need to focus on other stuffs. Definity don't care for FF anymore after all these years of hypes and no game. Should of just designed and developed the game for the PS3 then ported to the 360, this is too long.

PABLOCRT
PABLOCRT

I don't know if FF XIII should be on xbox, PS and FF are the perfect match

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Final Fantasy 13 Versus won't be released until late 2011 or perhaps even 2012. This is the reason why we didn't hear anything about Final Fantasy 13 Versus for Xbox 360. Even Final Fantasy 13 was only given 5 minutes of play time. Microsoft's E3 is once again filled with "current" games being released "this year." When a game system such as the Xbox 360 has so many games being released "this year" there isn't room to focus the limited time available on games that won't be released until late 2010, 2011, or 2012 the way that Sony does with the Playstation 3 due to the fact that the PS3 has experienced so many delays. The bottom line is that Xbox 360 is the only console you can play a high-definition version of Final Fantasy right now with Final Fantasy 11. We also know that Final Fantasy 13 is going to be released for Xbox 360. Building up a brand name and a base of consumers, only to avoid releasing a game like FF13 Versus is completely illogical. It goes without saying that Final Fantasy 13 Versus will be released for Xbox 360 in all markets that see the release of Final Fantasy 13. The only reason Microsoft didn't take a minute to make this clear at E3 is because that literally would have stolen 20% of the time given to the Final Fantasy 13 game that will be launched in the next year.

fffan9391
fffan9391

Who the heck is Suds? Are they talking about Sazh?

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

Ok and then they'll announce a 2010 Q4 release, j/k......I really hope that dosen't happen. lol Hope some info on Versus XIII comes out at E3!

tha_whiz_kid
tha_whiz_kid

I reallllllly wish i could of seen odin's special attack.It is a long wait on the game, but it well live up to the hype!

herviross_2
herviross_2

I was hoping for a late Q4 release this year but looks like I'll have to wait till next year to play this game.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

looking more forward to FF13 versus.

r4v3gl0ry
r4v3gl0ry

Good, Square Enix. Just don't make it any later than June 2010.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

Spring 2010 is way too long... >_>

deesnutts25
deesnutts25

The only reason PS3 owners do not have this game in hand at this moment is due to the fact that M$ paid off SE to hold off releasing it on PS3 to see which system it sells more on. Just another way M$ will try to snub off the PS3 and say their system is superior and better than the PS3, yet the 360 version is whats holding up the NA release. Also note that a simultanious release would prevent comnumers from purchasing a PS3 just for FFXIII if it was released already.