Final Fantasy XIII Aiming For Western Release In Spring 2010

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Japanese release dates for Final Fantasy XIII are all well and good if you're Japanese, but what if you're American? Canadian? British, Australian, German, French? Well, then you'll want to know dates for the game's Western release.

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Speaking at tonight's Final Fantasy XIII event in Tokyo, Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has said "In the past, it's taken a year or half a year to release our games abroad, but this time we are aiming for an international release this Spring".

Note he says "international", not American, giving hope to Europeans that they may actually see the game at the same time as Americans.

Those hoping for something a little more precise than "Spring", you won't have long to wait; Square promised that the finer details on the international release of the game are "upcoming".

DISCUSSION

Ok, Kotaku, here's a next story idea for you. Tell me why this still happens. Why they (meaning most publishing/game companies) can't release games internationally the same day, or within a few weeks? Do they just not work on localization until after the initial release? Is that the only real reason?