282w ago - The announcement was made earlier today that FFXIII is coming out on Xbox 360 too. In fact, it'll be a simultaneous release on both PS3 and Xbox 360 for US and Europe. Today's Square Enix E3 press conference clarified a few details.
First: Final Fantasy XIII is still a PS3-exclusive... at least in Japan. According to Kotaku, Square Enix exec Shinji Hashimoto told reporters: "I think you are right [in assuming that (the Xbox 360 version) is not coming out in Japan.]" It will only appear on Xbox 360 in English-speaking territories.
In addition, Final Fantasy XIII will release in Japan first -- and then will be localized for the international audience. That means Japanese gamers will enjoy FFXIII on PS3 long before the rest of the world will see it go multiplatform.
Hashimoto says that the Xbox 360's large install base in English territories is what led to the decision to make the game multiplatform. Because the decision was recent, there's no way of estimating how many discs the Xbox 360 version will be.
Also, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still in development as a PS3 exclusive.
282w ago - In an interview with Japanese magazine Dengeki PlayStation, Tetsuya Nomura offers some interesting details about Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete, Blu-ray version of the film out there is already a certain time. We thought so far only a few bits of footage had been added, but little information and a complete absence of release date proved to be quite strange.
In fact, according to Nomura, these are passages of the whole scenario that have been added and others who have been modified. The Japanese release date has been decided, but it will have to wait (probably to the event DK ╬£3713 in early August) so that it is unveiled. Nomura also notes that a big announcement that should accompany the release date, without giving more details. Such vagueness should encourage the wildest rumors.
Tetsuya Nomura is also rapidly on the development of Final Fantasy XIII Versus, a topic that had already provoked a general cafouillage a few weeks ago. The director of Thursday confides that the team is currently working above is very reduced, for the simple reason that the team kinematics is dedicated primarily to Advent Children Complete and programmers lend a hand to those of FFXIII.
No, really, Versus XIII should not arrive before long. As a consolation, we can expect to have FFXIII...
284w ago - Final Fantasy Dissidia is a game being developed by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable. It was officially announced on the 8th of May 2007, after the trademark "Dissidia" was registered on te 6th of April 2007.
The purpose of the game is to help celebrate 20 years of Final Fantasy and as such, it will feature memorable characters from the fabled series. However, given a really quick start to its development, things seem to have slowed right down.
Up until last week, when Famitsu had a brief section on the game to announce that Jecht would be joining Tidus in the game (instead of Seymour, as many thought), there hadn't been any news on the game for a good three months. It was then, that they released a glut of new characters, including what appeared to be Golbez, Exdeath and Kefka.
We then have to go back another three months for the last piece of news, which was that Tidus would be joining the cast alongside possibly a Judge from Final Fantasy XII. This has been coupled with a new trailer and a brief interview in Dengeki magazine. This still doesn't really explain the slow progress though.
The overall lack of news has been coupled with Final Fantasy Dissidia's apparent no show from this year's E3, as it is currently not scheduled to be shown, which is puzzling...
285w ago - Reports surfaced yesterday suggesting that work on Square Enix's action RPG Final Fantasy XIII Versus had halted while members of the game's development team went to help finish up Final Fantasy XIII.
This isn't completely true, however, as Square Enix issue a statement today, clarifying that only "some" of the devs working on Versus XIII moved over and that work on the title has not been put on hiatus.
Reports that development for Final Fantasy Versus XIII is on hold are false.
To quote: The truth of the situation is that when free, some staff from the Versus team have been helping with the XIII team on development of Final Fantasy XIII. Development for both titles is continuing as originally scheduled.
287w ago - Square Enix announced today its 'DK╬£3713' summer event that will be held in Japan. The invite-only event will allow a select few to check out various games including Fantasy XIII and Kingdom Hearts.
The party will be broken up into separate sessions, with three sessions taking place on August 2 and August 3, each lasting a duration of three hours.
Attendance will be limited to 400 attendees per session, which totals to 2,400 people. Users of the Japanese Square Enix Members site can apply for admission to the event now. Applicants will be picked at random.
Square Enix plans to show off a number of upcoming titles at the event, including Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy XIII. No mention of Dragon Quest IX, unfortunately. Check below for the complete list of games:
* FINAL FANTASY XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII (Mobile)
* FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Coded (Mobile)
* KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (Nintendo DS)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep (PSP)
* DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (PSP)
* The 3rd Birthday (Mobile)
* Sigma Harmonics (Nintendo DS)
* FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE (Blu-ray)