With the PlayStation 3 flagging across all territories, many were hoping that a swift release of Final Fantasy XIII from RPG heavyweight Square Enix would help to ease the situation somewhat. Hopes of that, though, are fading fast.
Since only a few screenshots and a small trailer of the highly anticipated role-playing game Final Fantasy XIII have been banded around, people were desperately hoping that more media would be revealed at the Square Enix Party 2007 that took place a couple of weeks ago. Whilst this hope was fulfilled, sadly it seems that all hopes of the game hitting later on in 2007, even in Japan, have all but disappeared into the ether.
Over on IGN’s PlayStation 3 channel it is being reported that the RPG behemoth’s President, Yoichi Wada, has sealed the game’s fate, at least until the end of the current fiscal year. Speaking at a company financial briefing in Tokyo, Japan a few days ago he stated:
“It will still take a bit more time. At the very least, [a release] this fiscal year is definitely out of the question.”
- Yoichi Wada, President of Square Enix.
What this means is that not only will the second most wanted game in Japan (behind Square Enix’s Dragon Quest IX for the Nintendo DS) miss out on the lucrative 2007 holiday period in the Land of the Rising Sun, but will certainly not make an appearance until 1st April, 2008 at the very earliest. Whilst some people have stated that there are regular misunderstandings when translating from Japanese to English, it must be stressed that Wada-san was extremely clear with his expression. Unless Square Enix attempts to cash in on the lucrative holiday period of Golden Week, which starts at the end of April, PlayStation 3 owners could well have to wait until a stronger period later in 2008 before the game hits the streets, meaning the US and Europe will possibly even have to sit tight until 2009!
Sad news indeed, but stick with Playstatic for further updates…