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.
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)