Final Fantasy XIII due March 9

Square Enix's latest J-RPG headed to North America and Europe in early 2010, Leona Lewis' "My Hands" named as theme song; new trailer inside.

Japanese gamers have known since early September that they'd be able to wade into Square Enix's highly anticipated Final Fantasy XIII on December 17. However, Square Enix has continued to string along North American and European gamers, saying only that the game would debut on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the West, hopefully, within three months of the game's Japanese debut, sometime in spring 2010.

Lightning is about ready to strike.

Today, Square Enix ended the mystery, announcing that Final Fantasy XIII will be available in North America and Europe on March 9. The publisher also said today that "My Hands" from Leona Lewis' upcoming album Echo has been chosen as the game's theme song.

Final Fantasy XIII was announced for the PlayStation 3 alone alongside Final Fantasy Versus XIII as part of the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo. However, Square Enix caused a stir at E3 2008 when it announced during Microsoft's press conference that the Japanese role-playing game would arrive in tandem on the Xbox 360. All said, Square Enix expects Final Fantasy XIII to shift some 6 million units worldwide across the two platforms.

Set in the futuristic city of Cocoon, Final Fantasy XIII follows the plight of female protagonist Lightning, as well as myriad supporting characters. Though Square Enix has released limited information about the game's plot, it will apparently see Lightning and her cohorts fighting against their "destiny" to destroy a separate locale known as "Pulse," and the denizens of that place.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Final Fantasy XIII, as well as the brand-new trailer, below.

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gorillaboy058
gorillaboy058

@ VOTGKota, hells yeah, sony has always been the way to go. Raw POWER, Blu-ray, tons of BAD A$$ games coming out, new low price, If you don't own one get one. You'll be crying when you have to buy three new xbox's like I did just to play a couple of not so awesome xbox exclusives. I'm not a fanboy, I just want everyone to admit that microsoft has kicked off the new century as the most flawed hardware. If they wanted the toilet bowl trophie, They got it.

VOTGKota
VOTGKota

@ luffy11234, the xbox kept us PS users from playing it because of the extra development to the xbox. Us final fantasy fans know where the real gaming power is at. And where our loyalties stand-- PS3. If there facing economic difficulties, we can let it slide this time. Final Fantasy VS XIII is ours @ a much quicker pace once XIII's development is done.

luffy11234
luffy11234

just reserved my copy, man i could be playing this now but my little friend the xbox kept me from playing it. -_-" aaahhhhh joy

birdgang_1
birdgang_1

Square Enix was nice enough to make this one for the 360, but what sucks for them is that Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be all ours. :)

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

@ron2k9 Final Fantasy I-VI had been on the SNES! All the other FF games had been on Sony's platform since then. I personally am disappointed that Final Fantasy XIII is releasing for the Xbox 360 too but, like everyone else, Square Enix is facing some economic issues themselves.

ron2k9
ron2k9

at last a release date for the most amazing game series in history,no matter what anyone says final fantasy rules all :).but why bring it out on the xbox 360,all these years its been on a sony console,if they didnt bring it out on the xbox aswell us final fantasy fans will be enjoying it.

Baelex
Baelex

Unbelievably poor choice for them to change the main theme of the game to a crappy pop song that does not channel the spirit of Final Fantasy AT ALL. They only did it so that the game could make a few headlines in the U.S. because they got a semi-famous singer on board. Basically, they're sacrificing the quality of the game in order to (maybe) sell a couple more copies. Disgusting. There's no need to hide the fact that the game is Japanese. History of videogames has shown us that attempts to adjust the content in Japanese games for localization purposes have turned out AWFUL.... I just thought they would learn.

anger021780
anger021780

Finally a concrete date! And yeah wtf at the song lol... Oh well I can live with some crappy pop song...

Gammet25
Gammet25

Its been so long since i heard that final fantasy 13 is coming out, *sigh*

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

RELEASE DATE FINALLY! YESH but i'm worried about that song... ugh.

X-Remnant
X-Remnant

Oh God... that song is awful.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Still tho... It's all about Versus XIII baby. Oh yeah. :D

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

@texasgoldrush I'm sorry but Jenova, was really the main villian of FFVII. Sephiroth doesn't want to "take care of the planet" as you say, there is no theme of that with him. He wants to be one with his mother, Jenova. Jenova is an alien super being that consumes all energy and planets in it's path, and be the ultimate ruler of the universe. Cloud is a representation of the detached people of the planet who wanted ultimate strength and desire, but lose themselves along the way, thus the inner struggle of who he really is. And you could really go on and on about it all, which is why the story in that is pretty good. The game was fairly easy, but I'd have to say that beating the weapons, in any stretch of the imagination is not easy, not normal, not hard, but incredibly difficult. Still, I prefer VIII to all, call me crazy, but the style just calls my name for some reason.

LynnJynh9315
LynnJynh9315

"Bet you'd like to know the North American release date, ya? Well... they didn't tell me" What a frickin jerk! what the frickin heck was he thin... ... oh... :-) Lol.

telmobarbosa
telmobarbosa

Please dont make us suffer anymore, just release this already... That battle system and graphics seems amazing, reminds me of FFX wich was the title that i relate to the most.

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

really enjoyed FFVII due to the materia system, probably my favourite system of all the series.

neno2480
neno2480

@Space_Lion. You need to read what I said again, man. Not trying to be rude but here: "You read it because of the story and FF7 had a great one. Could have been better, could have had more originality to it, could have been explained better on key elements, coulda coulda coulda. Come on...just stop with the "could have" crap." "Again, don't get me wrong, Chrono Trigger, FF6, Legend of Dragoon, Alundra, FF4, Tales series, Grandia, etc. are alllll fantastic games(and better) but none of them had as big of an impact on the gaming industry than FF7 and for THAT, the game should get SOME respect because it paved the way for the USA to get more and more JRPGs." With all of this, I am saying that FF7 should be respected for it's impact but as you can see, I DID mention plenty of games that are BETTER. Before you lecture someone, please pay attention to what they say.

Space_Lion
Space_Lion

The point being, saying that something is good because: it was the first to do this, that, or that. Or that it was a break through for it's time is a stupid argument. We should judge a work by itself independent of impact. If something is poorly written but was a break through, does it mean that it's better than something that is well written but doesn't break "new" grounds. In otherwords is the song "I want to hold your hand" better than say Radioheads "paranoid Agent" simply by the merits which you use to declare VII as great. Now I'm not saying that VII is a bad game, but I'm saying that to say that it's better than VI just because it's more popular and it was many people's first RPG is quite asinine.

Space_Lion
Space_Lion

@ neno2480, you shouldn't judge quality based on it's impact, but based simply on its quality. Shakespeare is still popular today because his works are actually genius, regardless of their impact. It's why years later things that were once popular or had large impact on their respective industry sometimes fade to obscurity, but obscure things become popular with time because people realize they're good. This is a common theme in the literary world. William Blake died poor and hardly anyone read his poems, now he's one of the most famous Romantic era poets, while many that were popular at the time are no longer remembered. The same goes for Herman Melville. Moby dick went out of print shortly after it was published and faded into obscurity, now no one will say that it's not one of the greatest American novels of all time.

neno2480
neno2480

About the FF7 deal...difficulty wise...I would have to say that it is pretty easy. I barely ever saw the Gameover screen like I did in 6 but! Difficulty of a game does not take away quality. If you want to be extremely challenged, play games that are made for that like over the top shooters. RPGs are an interactive book. You don't read a book for a challenge. You read it because of the story and FF7 had a great one. Could have been better, could have had more originality to it, could have been explained better on key elements, coulda coulda coulda. Come on...just stop with the "could have" crap. It was a landmark game the set the tone for RPGs AND the console war between PS1, Sega Saturn, N64, Gamecube, etc.. that all came out during that time. That is why it is iconic, that is why it has such a huge fanbase. Not to mention that it was a LOT of gamers FIRST RPG!! Again, don't get me wrong, Chrono Trigger, FF6, Legend of Dragoon, Alundra, FF4, Tales series, Grandia, etc. are alllll fantastic games(and better) but none of them had as big of an impact on the gaming industry than FF7 and for THAT, the game should get SOME respect because it paved the way for the USA to get more and more JRPGs.

neno2480
neno2480

@-Celeste- The problem with gamers like you and I is that we played the old school stuff where gaming was still new and developers made the game the way they wanted. Now, developers are trying to get the most money and they are torn between making a game THEY want and making a game that will sell to EVERYONE. Basically, the casual gamer market is winning because the casual gamer has the money and will buy any game they are told because they don't know any better. Hence why the Wii continues to out sell the others. Do casual gamers really want to get frustrated and not beat a game after they spent $60? No.

jellyBEANz1
jellyBEANz1

Nothing holds a candle to nostalgia, but oh please you're not fooling anyone, you'll be lined up at your local retail store like everyone else on release date.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

FF has sold out. I'll pass on this game. It will never hold a candle to FFVI.

ArmoredBreaker
ArmoredBreaker

@-Celeste- Did u at least beat one of the weapons(desert or underwater weapon) in ff7??? of course the ffs get easier but is because they have much more things to do than just fight the final boss!!

ArmoredBreaker
ArmoredBreaker

@texasgoldrush Are you retarded?? sorry for the offense but im very bad at english and i know that sephiroth was responsible for using the ''meteor magic''While aerith used the energy of lifestream to protect everybody with Holy!!!! That was awesome, sorry u sucks!!

deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

i doubt it'll actually come, but if it does I'll definitely buy it

-Celeste-
-Celeste-

@CharlieFubar Please explain WHERE in my original comment I said anything remotely close about where FF12 lay in relation to all the other FF's. I didn't even imply that it was in the top 5 let alone the top 3. The only comment I made was that FF12>FF7. There could be 5 other FF's in front of 12. FF7 was ridiculously easy. It was a cake walk compared to FF1-6. All the FF's after 6 have gotten progressively easier and easier to beat. You really should stop put words into other people's mouths as if they say something they really arent. If you want me to list out my order for best FF's, then do so, but don't assume that 12 is my #1 FF.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@ texasgoldrush I Guess you need to learn how to read or something. The Main Objective the whole game, Is to keep the planet Safe from EVil. Shin-Ra = a Threat to the Planets Well Being, Sephiroth = A Bigger Threat to The Planets well being. Hmmm...Cloud going up against both Shin-Ra and Sephiroth to save the planet kinda sounds looking out and taking care of the planet, because you're taking away two negatives so the planet can continue to live longer. jesus christ.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

Everyone knows 12's story was just a poor rip off of the Star Wars story.

jellyBEANz1
jellyBEANz1

@DeadScytheBlaze Buy the JP version, I don't speak very much Japanese and as such I prefer the English voice. Also before you respond, scroll down and take a moment to review how much of a loser you're making yourself look like; that is not acceptable behavior unless you're under the age of 10.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@ buffdaddy69 The problem with FFVII is that the main antagonist and the main conflict, the one between Cloud and Sephiroth, has nothing to do with the human abuse of the Planet. The main conflict in the game boils down to revenge. Thats why FFVII fails. It tries to say something important about human abuse of the planet, but the message is muddled by the main conflict not being about that. Sephiroth himself does not fit the theme of "taking care of the planet" well either and your main antagonist has to fit the main theme of the narrative. Shinra is not the main antagonist, and if the designers wanted the theme you stated to be the main one, they should have been the main antagonists. In FFVI, Kefka does fit the main theme of the game, as the polar opposite of human preserverence. FFVI theme is that we as humans find meanings in our lives, such as love for one another and their memories and triumphs, even in times of great despair (symbolized by the World of Ruin) and will fight to live, even though one day we must die. The Empire is just a stepping stone on the road to power for Kefka.

DeadScytheBlaze
DeadScytheBlaze

They should let us choose japanese voice, and if japanese voice is selected, this theme will be played.

DeadScytheBlaze
DeadScytheBlaze

i have already sent a message to Square Enix please do this too.... in order to make as an official sountrach the Japanese song.....PLEASE

DeadScytheBlaze
DeadScytheBlaze

PLEASE LET'S ALL DO SOMETHING IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS SONG BE THE OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK OF FINAL FANTASY 13......PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE........ ......................I LOVE IT SO MUCH...................LEONA LEWIS SUCKS............WE ALL WANT Sugawara Sayuri - Kimi Ga Iru Kara............

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@ texasgoldrush Also, FF7 was originally ment to be a sequel to VI, then ws changed to take place in New York and Be a Detective Story, then was changed to what we have today. FF7 had bigger and better moments then 12, with Hojo actually being Sephiroths Father after it was explained that He forced himself on Sephys real mom. Aeris being maimed by Sephiroth (Which Fueled Clouds motive of Revenge more, seeing how Clouds originally intent was to get even with Sephiroth for all the pain he put him through) I could go on and on. FF7 = AMAZING FF12= Watered DOwn Combined Bootleg version of crappy MMO gameplay and Equally Crappy Story. The End.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@ texasgoldrush Since you're saying VII ripped off of 6 story wise like you said with the whole Resistence going up against an Evil Empire or Person, Then you can Say all Final Fantasy 12 rips off both VI and VII with the whole Vahn and COmpany (AKA Resistence) going up againts Archadia (Evil Empire) who some how thinks Mist of all things which fuels his all mighty and powerful Airship "Bahamut" (Which is a totally Original Name) is going to get him power to rule an entire world. Sorry, But that sounds a little bit more weaker then Sephiroth who summons a Meteor to create a wound in the planet causing the lifestream to all go into one place so he can be reborn as a New God and rule over the souls of the whole universe (Also, FFVII's main Theme was that of Nature and how we need to do as much as we can to preserve out earth, which explains a Group of Mercs going up against a Huge Corporation that is destroying the planet with its heavy pollution and an even bigger foe that just wants to watch the world and planet suffer, The theme which is also explained in greater further detail in the extras for Advent Children movie.)

Aero5555
Aero5555

I just heard Leona's song "My Hands", and my reaction is "WTF???", it has nothing to do with fantasy or anything, just a generic ballad or whatever the heck they call them. It's insult enough that she ruined Snow Patrol's classic (in my personal opinion), why'd they choose her song is beyond me. Seriously WTF?????

comachrissie
comachrissie

I didn't really finish FF12, it wasn't for me, but I'm a big fan of the series from 7 onwards. Really excited to grab this next year and try XIV online whenever that comes out. I hadn't been following dates too closely so March is a nice early surprise.

neno2480
neno2480

@texasgoldrush. I'll give you 7 as not completely original but a lot of it is original. The full on backstory is of course original. About Jenova and ancients. To say that 12 had a better story...? No way. 12 was a complete bore. All these politics flashing around and I hated it. Now, 7 was the first FF I ever played but I am by no means a fanboy of it. Personal opinion? The order is something like this: 6, 4, 7, 9, 3, and the rest are in a backlot somewhere because I can care less about them 8, 10, and 12 were the worst of the series IMO and that is not in any order.. I hate them all equally. lol.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

"@ texasgoldrush Wow, If you think 12 is better then VII, then you truly know nothing about good roleplaying games and stories." XII has a better story than VII...its Ito's (Matsuno left the project) weakest story, and the executives meddled and made Vaan the main character instead of Basch, who would have been more fitting (or Ashe). But the story was pretty good. It wasn't flashy like VII, VIII, and X, but it had substance. VII's story is grossly overrated. Not only does the narrative completely fall apart after Midgar (as like the game doesn't know what its main theme is anymore), it has the worst character cast in the series with many useless characters. Also, it rips off FFVI in its story structure...lets see a band of rebels (Returners, Avalanche) fight an evil organization (Empire, Shin Ra), who create a monster (Kefka, Sephiroth) that turns on those who created him and becomes an even bigger threat. Meanwhile an amnesic hero who worked for the evil organization (Terra, Cloud) must fight against this monster who ends up becoming an angel at the end of the game. Its really unoriginal. Basically, its a cyberpunk FFVI that isn't as well executed.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

"lol.. Funny to hear people say FF7 is not even top 3. Not only is FF7 top 3 in Final Fantasies, its Top 3 in best games ever. Dont want to mention names but.. someone had posted that if you think FF7 is better than 12 than ps1 was my first console and FF7 was their first one. lol.. thats false. Put FF7 against any game out there in a poll and the only game that will beat it is Zelda Ocarina of time. Its been done before" Take a look at IGN's Readers Top 100 Best Game Ever poll in 2008.......... FFVII came in 30th.........compared to Chrono Trigger which was 2nd (Ocarina of Time was 1st) and FFVI was 14th. Its fitting that FFVI is the only FF game in IGN's Video Game Hall of Fame other than the first FF. VII is eligible but has not been voted in. Honestly the top three FF's are VI, Tactics, and IV.

Fusion_Master
Fusion_Master

this is going to be an incredible game. hamauzu is a fantastic musical composer, whilst final fantasy 7 and final fantasy 10, whose creative minds are behind this game, arguably created those 2 fantasys as the best in the series to date.

Xtatic324
Xtatic324

lol.. Funny to hear people say FF7 is not even top 3. Not only is FF7 top 3 in Final Fantasies, its Top 3 in best games ever. Dont want to mention names but.. someone had posted that if you think FF7 is better than 12 than ps1 was my first console and FF7 was their first one. lol.. thats false. Put FF7 against any game out there in a poll and the only game that will beat it is Zelda Ocarina of time. Its been done before

jellyBEANz1
jellyBEANz1

I'm confused as to why American, English as a native language individuals are still complaining about the theme song not being in Japanese. Seriously, get over yourselves. For those complaining about the song choice in general, take a minute and convert the lyrics to any of the previous theme songs. Have any of you ever even noticed the theme song in any of the previous final fantasies? To this point I only knew there was one, the one in X-2 because they made a huge deal about it. I find it hilarious some of these responses make it sound like they know for a fact that the song is going to be playing during every battle, and every cut scene, when you open the main menu even. Christ, it will most likely be so well integrated you won't even remember what you were complaining about; this game did take 4(?) years to design. As for those responding to my post about X being as good as or greater than the previous games, I stand by it. And XII was alright, just despised the fact that I (being Vaan) had no purpose whatsoever in following Ashe, and was simply along for the ride. I also still don't get the hate for X-2, aside from the girly story it had a phenomenal battle/skill system. I put more time into maxing that game out than all the PS1 games.

Tauu
Tauu

I'll buy this game, but I'm turning the volume off when the Leona Lewis song comes on.

Dragonblade01
Dragonblade01

Wow, I can't believe all the hate for XII. It had a great story, great music, great characters, and great gameplay. I swear, most FF fans just seem to snap if it's not quite the same as the rest of the games.