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Rumor: Microsoft Paid for Final Fantasy XIII PS3 Exclusivity Breach?

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319w ago - There's apparently a big feature article in the upcoming issue of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu that talks Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII and all that jazz.

While scans haven't hit the Internet yet, we've heard from several trusted insiders who have seen the yet-unreleased issue. It mentions that FFXIII is going to be out in Japan by next summer and in Europe/USA on both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 by the end of 2009 – which pretty much what we already know.

Here's the juicy bit: According to the Famitsu piece, Microsoft is footing the bill for Square Enix's FFXIII breach of PS3 exclusivity contract. No idea how much money that entails or the exact deal Microsoft worked out with Square Enix, but the fact there is not Xbox 360 version announced for Japan is telling. Square Enix does state how porting the game to the Xbox 360 should be easy.

More interesting tidbits: It's apparently hard to tell which looks better: Star Ocean 4 or Final Fantasy XIII. Also, the company plans to focus more on PSP game development from now on.

File this as rumor until proper scans surface.
 

Final Fantasy XIII Xbox 360 Asia Version Announced!

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319w ago - During E3, Microsoft announced that Final Fantasy XIII was coming to the Xbox 360 – but only for North America and Europe. However, the Xbox 360 was not announced for Japan. Add another country to the list!

At a recent Microsoft game exhibition in Taipei, Microsoft Taiwan's Entertainment and Devices Division head Grace Chou announced that Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360 would go on sale in Taiwan, but haven't yet decided which localized version will be launched for the Asian territories.

We imagine that means it should be possible for Japanese Xbox 360 owners to import the Asia version and play it on their consoles – that is, unless the Asia FFXIII is region coded so that's impossible. This version could have the original Japanese language track with Chinese/Korean/English subtitles or it might be the English language version with Chinese/Korean subtitles. According to Chou, the language hasn't yet been decided.

Below is a pic of the Taipei Xbox 360 event festivities, including ladies in sailor uniforms with more linked above.
 

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete to Include FFXIII Demo

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320w ago - More news is slowly coming out from Square Enix's private DKΜ3713 fan event.

According to a Famitsu report, the Blu-ray release of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete will feature a fully playable Final Fantasy XIII demo for the PlayStation 3 on a separate disc, along with exclusive trailers for both Versus XIII and Agito XIII.

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete is scheduled for a March 2009 release in Japan. Taking this into consideration, it's safe to say that the full version of XIII won't be hitting Japan until after March of next year.

Unless Square Enix has a worldwide launch announcement up its sleeve, you know what that means for those of us living in North America and Europe.
 

What Final Fantasy 13 Will and Won't do for the Xbox 360

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321w ago - Today you will hear about what Final Fantasy 13 will and won't do for the Xbox 360. So sit back, grab a beer or your respective drink, and get ready to read!

4. Final Fantasy WON'T be the saving grace in Japan for the Xbox 360

Final Fantasy does not need to be released in Japan for the sole reason that Xbox 360 in Japan is pretty much the equivalent of finding a VII gaming system in America. In Japan, they don't want much to do with the Xbox 360. They support their countries products and have no need for a American console with more shoot'em ups that you can shake a stick at. Just take a look at July's numbers of in Japan.

1. PSP- 56,998
2. Nintendo DS- 48,540
3. Wii- 41,798
4. PS3- 12,458
5. PS2- 10,405
6. Xbox 360- 3,807

If I were in charge of Microsoft, I would have stopped trying to beat that dead horse many days ago.

3. Final Fantasy 11 was on the 360.

FF11 on the 360 was a joke, as far as I can remember (the beta). The game had a install time that was just ridiculously long. The game was known to have a 6 to 10 hour install time. You could not just set the game to install then go off to work. You would always have to click different things every hour or so.

On top of having a install time that took...
 

Final Fantasy XIII Versus Jump Festa 2007 Trailer Leaked!

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321w ago - HBJ5, a member on FinalFantasy-xiii.net Forums (linked above), has found a leaked version of the Final Fantasy Versus XIII Trailer shown at Jump Festa 2007 which has never seen public eyes outside of Square-Enix's evil Closed Mega Theater.

To quote: We're not sure where this video has been leaked from, but we can only thank the Photobucket user a thousand times for uploading it for us. Thank God they have a good quality camera.

From what we can tell, this isn't the complete trailer, but is a good portion of it. The music is apparently from the final boss battle in Lost Oddyssey but I don't remember it. This trailer like all the rest is 100% CG.

Video is available from idStarfleets via YouTube below:




 
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