Community Blog: Final Fantasy XIII Gets Release Date

jalexbrown Posted by: jalexbrown Nov 13, 2009 | 5 comments
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The highly-anticipated RPG from Square-Enix finally gets a US/UK release date.

I've been waiting a long time for Final Fantasy XIII.  In fact, I've pretty much been waiting for Final Fantasy XIII since the day it was announced at the 2006 E3 Conference.  But Square-Enix did a naughty thing and left me in the dark for a long time.  I never knew how long I was going to be waiting until I could get my hands on the game.  Today, however, Square-Enix finally broke the silence and gave a solid release date.

Square-Enix confirms that Final Fantasy XIII will be released in the US/UK simultaneously - and on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 - on March 9th, 2010.

As far as release dates go, this one took me for a loop.  I'd never realised before today how much of a difference three months could make (the game was tentatively to be released around June of 2010).  Needless to say, I'm pumped for March 9th to roll around.

Also, in other news surrounded Final Fantasy XIII released today, the theme song selected for the game will be "My Hands" by Leona Lewis.  I've never heard this song myself, but fans of Final Fantasy seem to have mixed feelings about this song as the theme song, namely throwing around the idea that it's Square-Enix's attempt to westernize the Final Fantasy franchise.

Unfortunately this announcement contained nay a hint about Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but considering the game hasn't even gotten a Japanese release yet, we can safely assume it's still a ways down the pipeline.  There is fan speculation - and keep in mind this is just fan speculation - that there may be a collector's edition of Final Fantasy XIII (for the PS3, of course) that will contain a demo of Versus XIII.  I don't believe this will be the case; simply put, I think that if Square-Enix decides to release a collector's edition (as they did with Final Fantasy XII), they'll opt out of a Versus XIII demo in favor of something that can be packaged across both versions of the game.  So instead of getting a mindblowing Versus XIII demo, we might have to settle for an okay-to-pretty-cool art booklet or something like that.
 (Keep in mind that Square-Enix HAS NOT confirmed a collector's edition of Final Fantasy XIII for any console; this last paragraph is entirely speculation, and based in no way on any piece of confirmed information.)

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