Signs Point Towards a Final Fantasy XIII Simultaneous Release
Last week Square Enix announced that Dissidia: Final Fantasy would be released in Europe on the 4th of September, 2009... only a week after the North American release.
For those who have been following Final Fantasy for some time, delays between regions are usually quite substantial.
To quote: It's not uncommon for there to be a 4-5 month delay between the North American and European versions, and it's something that's always been very disappointing to European gamers.
However, the announcement that Dissidia: Final Fantasy will be coming so soon after is huge. Square Enix have gone on record numerous times about how much more detailed Dissidia's dialogue is than Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII's and if they can get the localization done so efficiently on a game like Dissidia, it definitely looks positive for Final Fantasy XIII.
There is of course The Last Remnant too, which was released worldwide on the same day and while Square Enix have claimed it's something they're striving to do, up until now it hasn't been overly evident.
So, while nothing has been set in stone yet, the signs are certainly there that Square Enix might try to cut down the 4-5 month delay to something much more manageable, especially since they claim to have started on localization already.