Final Fantasy XIII could be even further delayed, a Square Enix spokesperson has admitted. The game had already been pushed back out of 2009. But now, answering questions from Japanese financial reporters, a Square Enix representative refused to confirm that the game would even ship in Japan before the end of the financial year.
When asked if Square Enix would be bringing Final Fantasy XIII out during the current financial year, the rep said: “God knows, is the truth.” If Final Fantasy XIII weren’t to come out before the end of Square Enix’s financial year, then that would mean it would come out in Japan sometime after the start of April 2010.
Given localisation and multi-platform issues, that would mean the earliest it would get a UK/European release would be Christmas 2010, and more likely some time in 2011.
With the Internet bemoaning the demise of Japanese role-playing games, with their turn-based combat, impenetrable plots and cartoon characters, will Final Fantasy XIII be worth the wait? Or does Mass Effect 2′s western style of action-role-playing signal the end of the supremacy of traditional Japanese role-playing games?
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