FFXIII hitting Europe in spring 2010, story to last 50+ hours

Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase has revealed that the eagerly awaited RPG will receive a simultaneous launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe next spring.

Speaking to VG247 at GamesCom this week, Kitase stated, “We don’t have the actual month down yet, but in Japan it’s scheduled for a winter release, and in Europe and North American territories it’s spring 2010.”

“For Europe and North America, the PS3 and 360 versions are going to be released simultaneously.”

Traditionally, fans of the legendary franchise have been kept waiting up to six months for the European conversion following the North American release. Fortunately that’s not the case this time, Kitase added, with Square having made significant headway in reducing the wait time between the U.S. and PAL versions of the title.

“For previous titles it took usually about a year to localise each version and bring it over to Europe, but for this title there should be a considerably shorter gap and [we'll] bring it to European territories as close to the North American release as possible.”

Elsewhere, the FFXIII producer also let slip that the game’s story will clock in at over 50 hours, not including any side-quests. English dubbing has also wrapped, he continued, stating that the title will feature English and Japanese sound dubs only. Subtitles will be available in your native language.
Stay tuned to PSU for more information on Final Fantasy XIII in the coming months.

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