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“No reason” to bring FFXIII 360 International Edition west, says Square Enix

Wednesday, 8th September 2010 12:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Square Enix has just told VG247 it has no plans to release the International Version of Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360 – that was announced this morning in Japan – to Europe and the US.

A Square spokesperson told us the Japanese re-release was “essentially identical” to the version America and Europe got in March this year for PS3 and Xbox 360, and that there was “no reason” to bring it west.

“This is the International version, essentially identical to the game that has already been released in Europe and the US – so there’s no reason to release this version outside of Japan,” the publisher said.

Defection detected. Again.

Square’s Shinji Hashimoto announced the new version alongside producer Yoshinori Kitase at a Microsoft press conference (via Andriasang) today, after a leak in this week’s Famitsu and an earlier leak in Dengeki magazine.

The game, an international edition known as “Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits Edition”, will release on December 16 in Japan for a budget price of ¥4,980, according to the latest issue of Famitsu.

During the Microsoft conference, Kitase announced it will have an Easy Mode and a book known as “Corridor of Memory”.

He also confirmed that a novel to the game, known as Episode i, will be included, which details events after the game.

It was previously reported that it was a post-completion in-game quest, but Square clarified the situation in a statement.

“There is no new episode content. Early reports may be confused by a pre-order item accompanying first editions of the release called Final Fantasy XIII – Corridor of Memory, a book of original stories set within Final Fantasy XIII,” said a statement sent to VG247 by the publisher.

As with the US-EU version of the game, the new edition will be on three DVDs. It has the English voice-acting from the western version with Japanese subtitles.

Leona Lewis’ My Hands will be the theme again.

This will be the first 360 title in Square’s Ultimate Hits budget line.

Here’s the Japanese TV ad for the deal, featuring a massive X.

Lightning strikes

A Japanese release of FFXIII was hinted at earlier this year, when the game’s Achievements list appeared on Xbox Japan’s website in July.

But Square remained coy on it, with producer Yoshinori Kitase refusing to comment on it at gamescom.

Final Fantasy XIII launched in December of last year for PS3 in Japan, before launching in the west in March this year for PS3 and Xbox 360.

The game shipped 5 million units of the game worldwide, before it was confirmed in May it had sold 5.5 million units.

Square also announced a sequel to Dissidia: Final Fantasy today, named Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy. It’s to release next year and will feature Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII and Kain from Final Fantasy IV.

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  1. Talyis

    not really disappointed since it’s technically already on the 360, let’s just hope FF Versus 13 stay true to Sony, maybe this time SE will finally make a great FF game. Not because of Sony but because they can focus on one platform!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    I’ve just updated it with some more info.

    It features, if not all, some cut content some of the devs were talking about before the game released in the west as a post-completion quest.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Kerplunk

    I read that heading as though it had content cut FROM the future release. Not as content already cut being re-inserted!

    Perhaps the headline could add a little clarity by stating “features previously cut content” or something?

    Obviously, reading the full article cleared things up for me. But, you know, there’s some people out there that only read headlines.. :o

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    So is this not coming to PS3 as well? Or did they just forget to mention that version given that it was a Microsoft press conference?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    I’d be amazed if it wasn’t tbh, just for the new stuff.

    I’ve asked Square anyways to see if there’s any chance this stuff is coming west.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    The “International” versions haven’t made it out of Japan in the past, I don’t think. Always a first time, though.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    Isnt FFVII on the PS Store (EU i think) the International version?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    Blerk – Yeah, that’s right, but considering the new content, I’d still be surprised if it didn’t materialise at some point.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Freek

    It seems like a terribly poor busines decision to putt in extra development time and then only release that content in one country on the least popular platform.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Depends how much money Microsoft are giving them for doing it. I still think we’ll find out that there’s a PS3 version as well, though.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Happy Hardon Harry

    I remember when SquareEnix developed good games. Also, so called “exclusives” hold as much weight as a fart in water these days.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Johnny Cullen

    Updated. That Episode i thing is actually a novel, not in-game content.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Johnny Cullen

    Another update. No plans for the west.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gadzooks!

    Shame. I received FFXIII on PS3 as a present and massively regret not swapping it straight away for a 360 version. Going to rectify that mistake by trading it in for 360 copy and would have liked some extra content…

    Need some strong weed to blank out the first 10 hours of one-button corrider tedium on this playthrough. It’s worth it for the Gran Pulse chapters though.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. zoopdeloop

    @14 there’s no extra in game content at all.
    The game as it is plays and looks a little bit better on the ps3 and if you take account Gran Pulse for it’s missions the 360 version has some serious framerate issues while the ps3 version doesn’t.Just saying…

    #15 4 years ago
  16. frostquake

    For people like me, I would welcome an Easy mode..very very much!!! You know the casual gamer. And don’t you Hard Core Players Harsh our Casual Game Mellow…we can all live in peace…we just can’t play multi-player games together. LOL

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Gadzooks!

    @15

    Not really concerned how the versions perform. I’m swapping cos i’m selling my ps3.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. zoopdeloop

    @17 sorry,you didn’t mention that was the reason you wanted to trade it in the first place.You spat out other fanboyish excuses like extra content(which isn’t true)and doesn’t make sense.
    In that case it seems fair…good for you :)

    #18 4 years ago
  19. theevilaires

    GOD I love people in denial. It makes me look sane sometimes :D Who trades in their PS3, lets see what kind of case that would usually be in.

    A. You hate SONY with a passion
    B. You’re a XBOT
    C. You’re engaged to Aaron Greenburg
    D. All of the above

    Anyone knows where Gadzooks! fall under :D

    #19 4 years ago
  20. zoopdeloop

    There are other reasonable reasons TEA why one would trade/sell a piece of hardware.
    But i guess some people here have already showed their true colours bashing or nit picking on one specific hardware and it’s software all the time. :)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Lord Gremlin

    It’s important to focus on PS3 with FF13 Versus, because 50 GB of space = potentially largest and most detailed open world game you’ve ever seen.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Blerk

    Or, alternatively, 4 or 5gb of game and 45gb of pre-rendered video.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. JonFE

    “Or, most likely, 4 or 5gb of game and 45gb of pre-rendered video.

    There, fixed that for you Blerk!

    #23 4 years ago