Final Fantasy XIII
9 years ago.
Tetsuya Nomura Comments on Final Fantasy XIII's Multi-Platform Status
Final Fantasy XIII was finally announced for an Xbox 360 release in Japan this December, nearly a year after the original PlayStation 3 version's release. Previously, Dengeki PlayStation had leaked out that the port was in fact coming and was later confirmed in Famitsu last week on the day of Microsoft's Pre-TGS Showcase event. Reaction from Japanese fans across the internet was varied, and some included death threats to Square-Enix President Yoichi Wada, while others spammed the 3rd Birthday twitter…
9 years ago.
Lightning Debuts in Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy
Tetsuya Nomura had an unannounced game set for reveal sometime before Tokyo Game Show. That game ended up being Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy, a sequel to the 2008 action game, scheduled once again for the PlayStation Portable. The original cast will be returning, along with some new characters to the series. One of the first of several promised, is Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. It's interesting to note that this is the first time we've seen her 2D portrait in…
9 years ago.
Square-Enix Announces a Second Final Fantasy XIII Vinyl Collection
If one just wasn't enough, Square-Enix Music announced today that they are releasing a second analogue record collection known as W/F: Music from FINAL FANTASY XIII -Gentle Reveries-. This limited edition set releases on June 30th for 2,800 yen. Included on this 12-inch vinyl  is a series of eight tracks, featuring music from the overseas version of Final Fantasy XIII: SIDE-A 1 FINAL FANTASY XIII プレリュード Prelude to FINAL FANTASY XIII 2 ブレイズエッジ Saber's Edge 3 セラのテーマ / 海外 Version(初収録) Serah's Theme / Overseas Version 4 宿命への抗い Fighting Fate SIDE-B 1 ドレッドノート大爆進! March…
9 years ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Customer Survey
Over a month has passed since Final Fantasy XIII's western release, and the North American Square-Enix Members site is asking fans some questions based on their purchase. Participants will receive 30 points for their account at a later date. It only takes a minute or so to complete and details can be found below: FINAL FANTASY XIII Customer Survey Posted on April 16, 2010 12:22 AM in Memberland We are conducting a FINAL FANTASY XIII customer survey here on SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS. If you…
1 decade ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Unlocks Final Fantasy XIV Promotional Codes
When Final Fantasy XIII released in Japan, it came with a registration code for a chance to enter the Final Fantasy XIV beta on PlayStation 3. No one knew if North America and Europe would be receiving the same treatment... until today. People who purchase only the PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIII and register the Square-Enix Member's code inside will be awarded a Final Fantasy XIV Promotional Code. The code offers fans two things: a secret in-game item…
1 decade ago.
A Message from Character Model Supervisor Kimitoshi Tsumura
Are you excited? We're exactly one week away from the western release of Final Fantasy XIII! Once again, the official website has been updated with a new developer's message, this time from character model supervisor Kimitoshi Tsumura. Greetings! I was in charge of character modelling for the FMV sequences. There were many factors that I grappled with when creating the character models for FFXIII, but the one I focused the most time and effort on was definitely the realization of realistic-looking textures. On previous…
1 decade ago.
Messages from the Final Fantasy XIII Development Team
Square-Enix continues to update the official Final Fantasy XIII website as we countdown to the western release, this time with a few messages from field planning co-director Hiroaki Hishinuma, battle planner Daisuke Inoue, and battle director Yuge Abe. HIROAKI HISHINUMA It has taken an awfully long time, but we have finally completed the latest entry in the Final Fantasy series! I’m pleased to be able to report that the years we have devoted to constructing and setting up the field sections of…
1 decade ago.
A Message from BG Planning Director Yoichi Kubo
With only a short couple weeks until the western release of Final Fantasy XIII, Square-Enix has once again updated their official website with a new message from background planning director Yoichi Kubo. Welcome to the world of Final Fantasy, reborn for a new age! Take a step within and what awaits you is a seamless, high-speed, high-tension, adrenaline-fuelled world of unprecedented experience, like a super-blockbuster action movie, smashing aside existing concepts of what an RPG is! In order to render the backdrop to…
1 decade ago.
A Message from Composer Masashi Hamauzu
In addition to director Motomu Toriyama, Final Fantasy XIII composer Masashi Hamauzu posted a message for the fans on the official website today: I have dreamt about producing the music for Final Fantasy since I was very young, so when I finally received the offer to do so, I was overjoyed – and more than a little daunted by the challenge of living up to the series’ lofty reputation. Thankfully, my anxiety disappeared soon after work on the project had begun.…
1 decade ago.
A Message from Director Motomu Toriyama
The official North American and European Final Fantasy XIII websites were updated today with a message from director and scenario writer Motomu Toriyama under a new section titled Developers, suggesting more interviews and comments will follow. Here's what he had to say: Hello there everyone. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 editions of FFXIII have finally been fully mastered and we are now eagerly awaiting the countdown to the worldwide release. I have just returned from a three week global media tour…
1 decade ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Launch Party Announced
Square-Enix announced today, as part of the "Lucky 13 Campaign" that they will be hosting two launch events on March 8, 2010 for the North American release of Final Fantasy XIII. Fans who have signed up for Square-Enix Members can enter to win one of 200 tickets to the Final Fantasy XIII Experience, and bronze members and above have a chance to win one of 50 invitations to the Final Fantasy XIII Launch Party. The press statement can be read below: In…
1 decade ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Sponsoring the NBA All-Star Game Today
If you didn't already know, Square-Enix is sponsoring the 2010 NBA All-Star game today with Final Fantasy XIII. Here's the press release: New York, NY - February 10, 2010 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Square Enix Inc. (Square Enix) today announced a promotional partnership that will make FINAL FANTASY® XIII – the latest in the world-renowned action-packed role-playing videogame series that has shipped more than 92 million units – the presenting partner of the 2010 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.As…
1 decade ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Limited Edition Vinyl Record Announced
Square-Enix announces today that they'll be releasing a limited edition 12 inch vinyl record featuring eight Final Fantasy XIII tracks selected by composer Masashi Hamauzu, sold exclusively on their e-store. The record releases on February 26th for the price of 2,800 yen. The name of the album is "W/F: Music from Final Fantasy XIII" and features these select tracks from the recently released full OST: SIDE A: Nautilus Fang's Theme Sunleth Waterscape Daddy's Got the Blues SIDE B: Pulse de Chocobo World Without Color Flash Ragnarok -Sans Pipe Organ- Pre-orders are already live…
1 decade ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Import Review
48:46:12. That's the amount of time it took for me to complete Final Fantasy XIII. After waiting over 3 and 1/2 years for the game to release, was it worth it? Did it live up to the hype? Well... yes and no. As a whole I would say I did enjoy the game, but there were several things that definitely keep it from being one of the best in the series. Let's begin with the story. If you're expecting something epic…
1 decade ago.
Western Localization of Final Fantasy XIII Complete
The English localization of Final Fantasy XIII is now complete, awaiting master disc approval. This news was revealed today on the official European site by a message from the game's director, Motomu Toriyama. Dear gamers in Europe, FINAL FANTASY XIII overseas version is finally completed. I am sorry for the long wait. At present, members of the development team in Japan are on a New Year holiday while awaiting an approval for the master disc. The overseas version was developed simultaneously with the Japanese one…
1 decade ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Impressions
After three years of waiting, and being one of the biggest supporters of FFXIII, I figured it was time to post my impressions of it so far. I'm currently 16 hours into the game almost exactly and at this point (on Chapter 9), I still feel the game is good but not great. There are a lot of interesting and worthwhile elements, but certain design choices are just... disappointing, I would say. I've sort of categorized everything into subsections here: The linearity. If you…