No Asia, You Still Won't Get FFXIII On Xbox 360

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In summer 2008, Xbox Taiwan announced that Final Fantasy XIII would be getting an Xbox 360 "Asia" version. Microsoft clarified that "announcement", and then further clarified that clarification.

So in 2008, Final Fantasy XIII wasn't getting an Asia version, and a new report confirms that it won't be getting one in 2010, too.


Localized Asia versions with original voice tracks are sold in territories outside Japan like, for example, Taiwan or Singapore, but are able to run on Japanese Xbox 360 consoles. In Japan, Square Enix role-playing game Final Fantasy XIII was released only on the PlayStation 3.

In the West, the game will be released on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

According to Xbox Singapore, 'Square Enix has not announced the availability of an Asian version of FFXIII.' Asian gamers either must import the Japanese PS3 version or either the PS3 or the Xbox 360 Western versions.

Final Fantasy XIII here for PS3 only [asiaone via オレ的] [Pic]

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Mass Deduction (née scrapking)

Dear Squeanix. Release a version without pre-rendered cut-scenes. Please release it with real-time rendered cut-scenes (ala Mass Effect and, frankly, almost every western game). This will not only reduce the number of discs from a tonne to, well, fewer, but the game will benefit from it as well. The advantage the slight graphical upgrade that pre-rendered cut-scenes offer is more than off-set by the reduction in immersion due to switching back and forth between two levels of graphical fidelity.

Aren't convinced your customers want this? Do what the video industry used to do when they released both widescreen and pan-and-scan versions of a film; release a version with pre-rendered cut-scenes on a bunch of discs, and one with real-time rendered cut-scenes on a few discs. The decisions your customers make at retail might surprise you.

P.S. If you ever want to sell these games through digital distribution, the small size of a game with real-time rendered cut-scenes will be required.

P.P.S. Do you expect me to install 7 DVDs to my hard drive to reduce load times? Are you nuts?

P.P.P.S. Fewer discs costs less, do you guys not like profit or something?