The recent rumors regarding a 2008 release date for Final Fantasy XIII were denied by the North American department of Square Enix. It was not enough for Japanese Famitsu, however, who decided to call and ask Square Enix's PR department a few questions:
· Will FFXIII be released in 2008?
All the information about that is false and Nomura/Toriyama never said the game will be released during 2008.
· What caused that rumor?
The websites overseas probably mistranslated Toriyama when he said the development team is hoping to release a battle system demo in 2008, and "finally get the experience you wanted".
· To conclude, what is the current status of FFXIII, and when will we hear more information?
The PR department has stated that the progress of all Fabula Nova Crystallis games is going well, and the company always releases new information in events and through the media.