Sony loses Final Fantasy XIII exclusivity
- Posted July 14th, 2008 at 18:05 EDT by Eric Blattberg
- 117 Comments
It's official people, Final Fantasy XIII will appear on the Xbox 360.
During Microsoft's 90 minute E3 press conference, Yoichi Wada, president of Square-Enix, announced that Final Fantasy XIII would also be released on the Xbox 360. To clarify, that's outside of Japan, where the title will release first and be exclusive to the PS3. The game will release simultaneously on the PS3 and 360 in Europe and North America.
This has got to be a real blow to Sony, though they likely already knew the details far before the public announcement. Frankly though, we're a bit surprised that Sony wasn't willing to dig into its deep coffers to keep one of the biggest games of 2009 exclusive to its platform. As of now however, Final Fantasy Versus XIII appears to remain a PS3 exclusive.
While you may be down in the dumps at the moment, remember that Sony may have a trick or two of their own that we'll see at their E3 press conference tomorrow. Stay tuned.
- 1:06pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
everyone has gone mental
- 1:08pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
this already seems to be the biggest news and E3 and i dont know what could top it. a frilly FF7 remake isn't even comparable to the loss of exclusivity of a brand new game on the scale of 13......
- 1:09pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
this was already known along time ago
- 1:10pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
Hey, it's a good thing they haven't spent a good few years reassuring us this thing would stay exclusive right?
Syphon_Filter | Syphon_Filter2
- 1:11pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
Sony this year is down and everything is going to both system.
- 1:12pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
omfg..... ive never played a final fantasy game but this was gna ship more ps3's!!!! i feel so down as i know another good game will be ruined coz of XBOX!!!!! this is the end of 3rd party exclusive's
crubio | RICO7878
- 1:13pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
Well I still plan on getting it for PS3 when released but Sony and SE from the beginning obviously had a deal for PS3 only and this just feels like a spit in the face for Sony and FF fans. I understand that SE in a trying to run a business and make money, but if they had a deal with Sony then they should just keep it regardless of how much money MS waved in their faces. I'm really not feeling the luv for SE right now. Oh well, guess this is the reality for 3rd party exclusives from now on.
- 1:15pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
I did not see that coming. I figured that if they were going to do a multiplat one, it'd be FFVII remake or mmo
- 1:17pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
- 1:21pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
Bad move by SE.
- 1:21pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
- 1:22pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
Just out of curiosity, what would you guys said if it came down to one or the other. Would you rather give up MGS4 or Final Fantasy 13? I think that MS was bound to get one or the other. It became pretty clear when Sony went on and on about MGS4, but said nothing about FF13.
- 1:23pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
i dont know about u guys but im really pi$$ed. This along with Metal Gear Solid 4 were the only reasons why i bought my PS3. Name me 5 triple A games that Sony has exclusivly. GTA4, DMC4, RE5, Guitar Hero, and now FFXIII all went to M$!!! What does the PS3 have that M$ doesnt?! Sure we have RFM2 and KZ2 but im sick of FPS games. Where is the love Sony? I bought my PS3 as soon as it came out. Was I wrong...?
- 1:24pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
psn id: gingo... the MS press conference didn't really have anything that special until this final announcement which really surprised me even though i'm not a big fan of the games
- 1:25pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
The war is over!!!
We have to give it to Microsoft! They really want to win!
- 1:26pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
I remember a time when this hobby was so on the fringe, you got laughed at for playing as an adult. Now they think this junk is subject matter for movies, and couples with no children play together. But with that mainstream penetration came the real business end. Sure, Commodore, Atari, and of course the big "N" were always in it for the bucks, but how cutthroat the business has gotten is just astounding to see in real time. If you are my age (33), we actually saw it come to be. Now, I posted this sentiment a long while ago about how big business was choking the life out of the industry, killing everything that was fun about it. You knuckle-draggers just brushed me off, but how did you feel when you found out about FF13? You know that feeling you felt on the back of your tounge that made you rush to a forum to give you 2 cents? How many times have you felt that over the last 2 years. How about the 10 years before that. Not fun.
I cited that 80% of video games were crap. Licensed movie and comic book crap to seel to children. AND IT SOLD. Madden took a dent last year (13%), but EA got away with releasing the same game from 2001 to 2006 (and to an extent, 2007). What did you fanboys do about that. NOthing. Or worse, you bought it.
We had next-gen consoles costing $250-$600! The $250 one was just a rehash with an innovative controller.
Western Gamer tastes came to destroy all that is concole. The Japanese RPG is all but killed by western RPGs like Oblivion. AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ON FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS! Through it all, everybody lost perspective Big companies, developers, publishers and FANS. Especially the fans. You let it all happen and didn't fight with your dollars (except waiting to get a PS3, but let's face it, people didn't wait to get a PS3 out of principal, the waited because they just didn't have the money).
Sony screwed this whole thing up one day one. They did it all for Blu-Ray, but I don't think they would say it was worth it. I've loved their products and vision, but they do not understand their consumers and they paid for it with market share they had no business losing. If I was SE (or anyone else MS paid off), I would have done the same thing. If Sony inspired the brand loyalty in their customers that they assumed they had, none of this would have happened. Instead, they came into this generation screwing Developers (all that crap with the dev kits), Customers ( NO games lined up), and ultimately, themselves. I got rid of my other console after Halo 3 came out, because back then, I thought it was going to be the 'FPS machine". MS LISTENED to that. THEY WERE CLUELESS TO THE FACT THAT FPS WEREN'T EVERYTHING, SO THEY CHANGED. Sony was one step behind. They still are. Anyway, it's clear that if I want to play the variety of games I THOUGHT I was going to get on the PS3, I need to get another "other console". I cannot believe how bad Sony screwed this up. I just can't believe it.
- 1:26pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
i figured square enix was going to go multiplat with the final fantasy franchise eventually but i thought it would be after the nova crystalis trilogy of games :P
At least its not going to be on the xbox exclusively, but im kinda interested now with how the game will turn out technicly speaking. If this was planned when they started deving does it mean that the game wont be as good as it could have been due to having to restrict it so the 360 will run it the same? Though if this wasnt fully planned from the start im now really doubt ing the whole, the ps3 can run thiungs the 360 can t argument. though im guessing the whole more people will get to experience the godlyness that is final fantasy is always a good thing.
oh yeah and i wonder how many discs the 360 version will need, its fairly safe to say the game is gonna be pretty huge.
- 1:29pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
i told yall this was going to happen in a recent post anit no way u go 21/2 with out a date. then again M$ flash american money in there face and now sq enix spilling there guts out
- 1:34pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
What a big let down. What do we as ps3 owners have left to be proud of? I just hope I really hope they have a counter move for that.
- 1:38pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
This is a tremendous blow to Sonys already staggering 3rd party exclusive support. Im willing to bet Tekken may be next.
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