Microsoft Explains Why Final Fantasy XIII Is On Xbox 360

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The question that many gamers were asking after Microsoft's E3 press conference was "How did Final Fantasy XIII end up on the Xbox 360?" Way back in July, Microsoft Global Marketing Manager Albert Pennello explains:

I think the most obvious reason that they made the announcement is just looking at the success of our console...Square has done games for us in the past, and I think there's a point where Square just has to look at the Xbox 360, the install base and attach rates that we're seeing and actually has to make a decision on their own that it's the right thing to do for them... I think it's easy to assume that something's going on behind the scenes, I think the more obvious answer is we're doing really well and the game creators want their games to be where the most people and the most consoles [are], and right now that's the Xbox 360.

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For third party publishers, multi-platform makes sense. Still rather curious why it's not on the Xbox 360 in Japan, though... Summit In The City [Mundorare via TalkXbox via Xboxer]

DISCUSSION

kyolux
Kyolux

@macr0planet:

3 reasons why people could be legitimately complaining:

1) PS3 version downgraded because of 360 port (very unlikely anyway, since they build it for now with ps3 in mind)

2) PS3 version releasing later then it would have been if there was no port (would pretty much be my boat if I hadn't dozens of games to play already (not including this Fall's lineup)

3)Xbox 360 version follows jrpgs current trend to fail to sell on the 360 transforming in a huge cash lost for Squenix. (Porting and publishing on two differents platforms cost more obviously, with the over time benefit of usually selling more copies. But since multiple dvds games are more costly to publish to begin with, and with the jrpg trend, this looks quite risky.)

1 reason why people shouldn't complain

1)Fanboys who wants to keep the game to themselves or just need to justify their purchase.