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After delaying the game from summer to autumn a couple of weeks back, Square Enix now has a firm release date for Final Fantasy Type-0 for the first time. The game will be coming out in Japan on October 13th, priced at ¥7,700. The higher price (the equivalent of $97) is most likely due in part to the higher production costs caused by the game being shipped on 2 UMDs.

Tabata also came out with a statement announcing that the theme song for Type-0 will be sung by Japanese rock group Bump of Chicken who previously performed the theme song for Tales of the Abyss. Tabata says that a theme song is an essential component in the game that’s required. The demo for the song titled Zero apparently moved him greatly.

Source: Inside-Games



Each of the Final Fantasy XIII-2 official sites have been updated soon after the E3 trailer release include a small amount of new content. Each of the sites contain a new render (which we’ve ripped) and a small description of the new character Noel Kreiss. He dual-wields swords with an expert technique and can combine them into one, forming a new weapon. No one knows much of his past or how he stumbled upon Serah during her time of distress.

The Japanese site also features new background music from the game as well as a new wallpaper and their rendition of the trailer. Although oddly still voiced in English (but subtitled) it shows a release date of December 2011. A simultaneous worldwide release seems to be out of the question.

Official Japanese Final Fantasy XIII-2 Site
Official NA Final Fantasy XIII-2 Site
Official European Final Fantasy XIII-2 Site



The announcement that Final Fantasy XIII would be seeing a Japanese release hasn’t gone down well with a lot of Japanese who were promised time and time again that FFXIII would only be available on Playstation 3. The discontent mob decided to take their outrage out on Yoichi Wada, the president of Square-Enix, via his Twitter account.

With the tweets ranging from accusations of betrayal to blatant death threats, you can bet that Square knew this was coming. You can read some of their responses below:

Is it true? After saying so many times it would never be released on the Xbox in Japan, if you really do release it nobody will trust your word again.lockquote>

Say something!lockquote>

You’re going to betray us after saying it would never come out? I’m cancelling my pre-orders.lockquote>

You liar!lockquote>

Lying to customers is how you do business, eh? I’ll never buy a Square Enix title again.lockquote>

With all the illegal lies and misdirection about FF13 you made, I reported you to the ministry of consumer affairs. And you promised DLC and quietly abandoned it – you’re detestable.lockquote>

Charlatan!lockquote>

Stop your pompous waffling and resign! Haven’t you made enough money yet? Next time put a guy who actually loves games in charge.lockquote>

What’s up with game developers? Practically everything they say is a lie…lockquote>

Well done, Scrooge.lockquote>

Hey Wada! What the hell is this about FF13 on the 360 in Japan? You kept advertising the game in all the mags as a domestic PS3 exclusive! If you go through with this nobody’ll trust you again… Honestly I hate you so much I’d like to kill you. Quit soon. This is your last chance.lockquote>

You’d better be prepared to run, or you’ll be killed! At the very least you ought to be prepared for a few rocks thrown your way!lockquote>

Source: Sankaku Complex



2006 was a simpler time when exclusives were exclusive and the idea of Final Fantasy XIII appearing on Xbox 360 was ludicrous. In 2008, Square’s promise that Final Fantasy XIII would be exclusive to Playstation 3 was shattered when they revealed that the game would also be appearing on Xbox 360. There were tears for some, suicides for others but there was a last flicker of hope for the nearly extinct “console exclusive” when it was announced that Japan would be exclusively getting the PS3 version. Those days are now over.

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII will finally be coming to Japanese shelves with a couple of extras the original release didn’t include. The new edition will include the English voices as well as a new “Easy Mode” (It was hard?). It will also be priced at ¥4,980 which is half of the cost of the PS3 version. The game, now known as “Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International” will be released December 16th, almost exactly a year after the PS3 version.





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