Final Fantasy XIII screenshot
Final Fantasy XIII screenshot

Square Enix hopes to release the European version of Final Fantasy XIII “sooner than a year later than the Japanese release”, producer Yoshinori Kitase has said.

Traditionally, the North American version of Final Fantasy games is released about half a year after the Japanese version, with the European version released half a year after that.

Given that Final Fantasy XIII looks like it will be released this Christmas in Japan, Europeans are faced with the prospect of having to wait till Christmas 2010 before getting their hands on the stunning-looking JRPG.

However, speaking to at a recent press event for Dissidia: Final Fantasy, a PSP fighting game due out this autumn, Kitase gave the strongest indication yet that the Europeans won't have to wait as long for Final Fantasy XIII as they have done for Final Fantasy games in the past.

He said: “Obviously we would like to release it over here as soon as possible. Traditionally the Final Fantasy numbered series, it takes about half a year between the release in Japan and the release in North America, and another half a year before it's released in Europe. But we would like to minimise this, this time.

“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.”

Commenting on the gap between the US and EU release, Kitase said: “We would like to make the gap as short as possible.”

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the interview with Final Fantasy legend Yoshinori Kitase in full.

What do you think about the wait Europeans will have to endure for Final Fantasy XIII? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Wido's Avatar


I agree with FM with his wise words.

However, I do feel a upset for the European fans over this long period till its due out.
Posted 13:18 on 05 May 2009
CrustyJockStrap's Avatar

CrustyJockStrap@ Woffls

Microsoft have said outside of japan it will be a simultaneous release on the ps3 and 360.

I know they had not started work on the 360 version by October last year, but i would be very supprised if work haddn't started by now

Microsoft press conference that Final Fantasy XIII is going to be released on Xbox 360 the same day as PS3 in North America and Europe. What a huge coup for Microsoft, and what a great piece of news for Xbox 360 owners who also happen to be great console RPG lovers.
Posted 12:28 on 05 May 2009
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Good things come to those who wait, personally I'm not fussed, it'll come when it's ready and I've got plenty to keep me busy in the meantime.
Posted 12:16 on 05 May 2009
thpcplayer's Avatar


HEll i dont think it will be out in even 2010 that's very bad it been so long in development. WTF
Posted 08:29 on 05 May 2009
sworded_lion26's Avatar

sworded_lion26@ Woffls

nah, they won't release it globally on the PS3 until its finished being developed on the 360. Everyone's going to have to wait till 2011 for it in English.
Posted 06:56 on 05 May 2009
Woffls's Avatar


Ouch, Late 2010 at the earliest for a PS3 release as they're not working on the 360 version until the PS3 version is done. It will be at least half a year after that before we see it over here on 360, maybe even late 2011.
Posted 00:46 on 05 May 2009

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