Square admits to using fake identical FFXIII screens

Monday, 15th February 2010 11:40 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Square Enix has said in a statement to Kotaku that identical shots Final Fantasy XIII released at the weekend, supposedly showing parity between the PS3 and 360 versions, were “altered”.

One of the shots was found to be identical bar the shoulder buttons, which had the LB 360 button shopped on top of L1 button for PS3.

Square said it would release new shots soon, but the released batch were meant for “non-promotional use”.

“Unfortunately we did mistakenly include screenshots taken for pre-production (non-promotional use only) in our latest release of assets,” read a Square statement. “Screenshots from the final game intended for the press kit will be released shortly. As shown in our recent demo tour and Microsoft’s X10 event, there is no material difference between the two consoles.”

Away from the screen-shopping matter, the company showed off the game’s first TV ad, which only mentioned the 360 version.

New and exclusive bundles for the RPG were announced last week for 360 in the US and Europe.

The game’s out on March 9.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. Blerk

    Tut tut! What are they hiding? :-D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Bulk Slash

    Screenshots will only tell half the story anyway, we’ll probably have to wait for Digital Foundry to hear about framerate or FMV quality issues.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Jadeskye

    i’m at a point now where i just don’t care anymore. bring me the game i want on some form of hardware i own and i don’t care anymore.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Filofax

    Its such a shame that gaming needs to be analysed by places like Digital foundry, its even more sad that people base their purchasing decisions on such findings.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. NiceFellow

    @4 – couldn’t agree more.

    OT this is quite funny, though. I doubt it was anything more than some guys in their media department deciding to save themselves some time, and no doubt SE management is having a word with them about it.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    now that i have both a ps3 and 360 i am quite interested in comparisons, for example if i had known about the screen tearing i would’ve got Darksiders on the ps3

    when it comes to games like ff13 and bioshook 2, if theres a better gaming experience to be had on one console i’d like to know which it is

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Aimless

    I enjoy reading the comparisons, it’s the inevitable console war skirmishes in the comments sections that I make a point of avoiding. I’d rather people discussed the games themselves instead of the console they’re on, unless there’s some pressing relevance.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    The patch takes care of pretty much all of the tearing in Darksiders 360, mington. I’ve been very happy with it since.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. mington

    yeah i know, its a shame they couldn’t get the patch out earlier, i very rarely replay games, and quite often with action adventure games, i’ll get them release day and have them completed within the week, never to be touched again

    so although darksiders is patched up and runs fine now, it makes no real difference to me as its done and dusted.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Syrok

    Another good reason not to buy shortly after their release. :)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. zoopdeloop

    SE definitely hides something and they tried to fool people with photoshoped screenshots,they got caught and now try to cover it up.
    especially that tweet from SoniaIm at SE smells fishy

    ” Aside from easily being proven as altered, and this method not being one we use, we don’t feel there is a need to enhance the X360 #FFXIII”

    #11 5 years ago
  12. MasterChiefFenix

    WOW. WHAT A SURPRISE! pretty cool somebody finally confesses to this.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Michael O’Connor

    “We’ll probably have to wait for Digital Foundry to hear about framerate or FMV quality issues.”

    I can save you the trouble of waiting:

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Blerk

    Pah, where’s the anal framerate analysis? Torn frame stats? Loading time charts? Call that a comparison? :-D

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Michael O’Connor

    @ Blerk

    That split second frame lag in that one cutscene 10 hours into the game totally made me choose the PS3 version over the 360 version!

    … *laughs*

    #15 5 years ago
  16. dirigiblebill

    Heh :)

    In DF’s defence, their analyses have thrown up some pretty damning contrasts in the past (Assassin’s Creed, Bayonetta) and unlike the bulk of “technical experts” they at least have a decent toolkit at their disposal. Shame about the spit shower comments threads, yes, but don’t shoot the messenger etc.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. RGW1982

    “Pikolo| February 13, 2010 ~ Yeah we’re all know 360 console is more powerfull than ps3″

    The Sheer Stupidity Of That Statement Made Me Laugh, The Mentality Of 360 Fan Boys Is Hilarious.

    The “we’re all know” Made Me Laugh Even Harder, The Under Education Of America Prevails Again. :)

    #17 5 years ago
  18. dirigiblebill

    You, sir, are a sock AICM5P.

    #18 5 years ago

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