As many of you know, the release date for Final Fantasy XIII was pushed back when the announcement of the franchise including the XBox 360 for the first time. Also, as many of you know the Japanese version of the game releases generally about half a year before the US version does, and then it takes several more months before the UK and other European versions are released. Well according to PS3center.net, the UK release will happen around the same time as the US version is released. Producer Yoshinori Kitase mentioned how they are taking needed steps to eliminate the time difference between the US and UK release dates stating:
“For example we have already started recording English voices, and also the text localisation has been in progress, too. Normally we complete the Japanese version first, then move on to the US and EU versions, but this time there are some tasks that are happening simultaneously. So this time we’re hoping to release sooner than a year later than the Japanese release.”
I have no problem with them moving the UK date closer to the US date, in fact it has absolutely no impact on my gaming experience once so ever, however, I am still agitated over the fact that the original release date for the PS3 was pushed back when they announced the incorporation of the XBox360. In my opinion, especially since the Final Fantasy franchise has been exclusively for PlayStation, I feel that the PS3 version should have been released when planned and have the XBox360 version release at a later date. Many other games have separate release dates for different platforms so why was this game treated so differently?
The only light at the end of the tunnel that I can find for this is that with the extra year of development in the XBox360 version, there is plenty of time to fix all possible bugs and glitches in the PS3 version, in turn, eliminating them in the XBox360 version as well. I am expecting an absolutely flawless game when it is finally released in 2010, and honestly, anything less than that would be like the new Guns N Roses album, waiting all this time just for a disappointment.