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1UP E3 2008: Final Fantasy XIII Producer Q&A

On Tuesday afternoon, 1UP took part in a roundtable interview with Yoshinori Kitase, producer in charge of Final Fantasy XIII, and Shinji Hashimoto, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Square Enix. While other journalists from two other outlets were present during the interview, the question and answers presented here were specifically asked by 1UP. So, if you see these questions repurposed elsewhere, you know where they came from.

Interview excerpt:

1UP: Because of the difference in the storage media -- Blu-ray versus DVD -- will there be any compromises made to the Xbox 360 version in terms of the FMV quality or audio quality? Will you need to use different compression techniques?

YK: At this point, nothing's really been decided; that will be a process that takes place in the future, but for the difference between the hardware, we'll work on trying to find ways to compress the prerendered movies and voice that take up a lot of data in ways that don't affect the final product. As for the in-game visuals, we're going to look for ways to ensure that the quality remains the same between the two versions.

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Chad Warden3686d ago

"we're going to look for ways to ensure that the quality remains the same between the two versions."

In order words downgrade the PS3 version for the sake of a 360 port.

Square-Enix = The next Capcom

SUP3R3686d ago

The PS3 version isn't suffering anything!
Read!
The 360 version will have to be compressed to facilitate the limited capacity of the DVD medium, PS3's data is fine because of Blu-Ray technology.
Geez you guys really need to get a grip!

Chitown712913686d ago

Don't worry we're getting it back. Square is just delusional right now for some reason. We will have FFXIII exclusive again. Why you ask?

1). Why hasn't XBOX 360 developement started yet? And why does it start after PS3 developement is done?

A: Because Square is banking on Sony to offer them money. Sony is a very stubborn company ( even though I love them )and in a way Square is trying to force them to pay for Final Fantasy. Sony isn't dumb they know this title sells systems, and they are going do everything in their power to get this exclusive again. Also where is the FF fanbase? You guessed it, with the Playstation. Let me put it like this, would you buy Halo for the PS3 if it came out. Probally, but only if your a hardcore gamer. If your a casual gamer you would only think Halo was on Xbox, the same way everybody thinks the next Final Fantasy is on Playstation. Come on Square get your heads in the game.

thereapersson3686d ago (Edited 3686d ago )

It says that the PS3 version is FIRST AND FOREMOST being developed, with the 360 version being worked on by a separate team off of ported code from the PS3.

edit: @ super

Why are people disagreeing with you? Here's an agree and a bubble for speaking sense.

iamtehpwn3686d ago

Square enix would never release a version that would make them look stupid in their own home country.

chanto233686d ago

i don't think Sony will get the exclusivity back...but seeing as the PS3 version will be completed before the 360 version starts development...you can bet Sony will work a time exclusivity on the USA and Europe...

LaChance3686d ago (Edited 3686d ago )

is that FF13 tops FF10 and FF12.
Played every FF game since FF7.

My toplist :

1 : FF9 , best FF and my favorite videogame, simply the best game ever made in my opinion.Felt so close to Bibi and Djidane (french version names) , that game was just beautiful.Its a pity it didnt sell as well as the other FF games.

2 : FF7 and FF8 , equally execelant but FF8 was a tiny bit too "teenage love story" to me.

3 : FF10 and FF12 : nowhere as good as the PS1 FF games;Especially FF12.But FF10 was ok.FF12 story was as boring as the scenarios in Need for Speed Underground.

On topic : happy they wont be taking off anything for the 360 version but are going to use compressing to the maximum.
If it holds on 4 discs then its not a problem for me.
5 discs would be alot but I would still get it one day one.

Its a pity EU gets it last , so that means I'll probably get it in 2010 ? If it isnt region locked I'll import the USA version.So that means maybe end 2009.

thereapersson3686d ago

I'm glad someone else liked FF9 as much as I did. I actually felt like it was the closest to the old design of previous Final Fantasies, especially all the moogles and black mages and stuff. Really one of my favorite games on the PSone.

Honeal2g3686d ago

I agree i thought i was like the only who thinks ff9 was better than ff7 Zidane was the MAN vivi was sick too glad to see people share my view on the awesomeness of ff9 learning skills through weapons ...god i gotta play now...

i am prayin when they say its mixture of ff10 and ff12 that its like a 85%(ff10)and 15%(ff12) cause FF12 was garbage.

P.S i love you Square just saved me 399$

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jamilion3686d ago

The ps3 version is going to suffer because they want to make both versions look the same is what your saying mr. Yoshinori

Angelitos3686d ago

I'm going straight to the point about the FF13 multiplatform case:

It ruined the SONY relationship

It disappointed many fans

SONY depended on them to make a great game, to help improve the sales and reptutation of the PS3

Exclusives that tend to go Multi looses interests

Ruined the Playstation exclusive trademark

Becoming like Capcom(no need for further explanation)

Gave one less reason to own a PS3, which it was the PS2 and PS1 that gave Square Enix where they are now.

Showed they cared more about money than loyalty

Slowing down the FF13 Verses development

May question themselves about the storage space and specs they are using when developing FF13

They are looking to seem to betraying another company(like when they ditched Nintendo)

Gave something the Xbox fanboys to cheer and make fun of to the Sony fanboys

Making themselves look foolish when they made statements like, "We are arent looking forward for Final Fantasy games on different platforms". " The PS3 suits Final Fantasy 13".

Made another foolish statement saying it was to reduce the fanboyism, and yet, Last Remnant is a 360 timed exclusive, Infinite Discovery and Star Ocean are 360 exclusives.

And other foolish statement when they said FF13 multi was because of the install base, but then why is FF13 verses a PS3 exclusive? hmmmmm

ThanatosDMC3686d ago

hheheheh... damn, i still think this is funny!

http://i35.tinypic.com/124v...

testerg353686d ago

Now you're a straight up fanboy..

"It ruined the SONY relationship
It disappointed many fans
SONY depended on them to make a great game, to help improve the sales and reptutation of the PS3
Exclusives that tend to go Multi looses interests
Ruined the Playstation exclusive trademark"

So will Sony help SE in the production cost? Since it is taking years to produce, imagine the cost. Because of the PS3s install base will Sony help if FF13 doesn't sell enough to recover cost? I mean according to you its a "relationship" and since Sony doesn't pay for exclusives or help fund development, what kind of relationship is that?

LaChance3686d ago (Edited 3686d ago )

a 3rd party dev says.

Since Bioshock going to PS3 , I realised that a 3rd party devs word means NOTHING , absolutely NOTHING.

Proof : Final Fnatasy 13.

Whats next ?

Anyway as a JRPG fan that has played EACH and EVERY FF game on PS1 and PS2 and own every Jrpg out on 360 (except for Blue Dragon , never convinced me) I am so happy its coming to 360 its just crazy , moreover it was something I wasnt even expecting.My jaw dropped when I went on N4G and saw that thread on front page.I couldnt stop smiling for like an hour or so.I kept on going back to the thread over and over again.

You guys cant even imagine the shock and excitemant a 360 gamer like me felt when I heard the news.I mean its just crzay !!!

But hey guys dont feel too down , its only videogames.

@juuken below : I was pissed of for 10 minutes when Bioshock went multiplat.I promise I was "pissed off" only , no anger , no hate for Sony or anything like that.On the contrary I thought it would serve MSFT right for relying so much on 3rd party devs.I was saying that it would probaly be a wake up call for MSFT.

Its only videogames , If Gears 2 went multiplat I'd be pissed for 10 minutes then move on and carry on gaming.I mean you cant do anything against it so I just moved on when Bioshock went multiplat.The feeling dissaapears after 5 or 10 minutes for me.

juuken3686d ago (Edited 3686d ago )

So...when more 360 exclusives come on the PS3, I'll just say they're just videogames.

I agree with you Angelitos. I don't blame you for feeling this way because I feel the same way. I'm trying to heal from this but it's still terrible.

testerg353686d ago (Edited 3686d ago )

juuken... wtf.. c'mon man.. "heal from this"[email protected]#[email protected]#?! By the way they are "just" videogames! Get out of your damn basement, tell your mom you need to step out, and find a girl for a "relationship" (btw.. its a two way thing, not just you you you and don't blame her for everything... contrary to what you believe it can be your fault too).

Edit: juuken, please go back to the Bioshock threads and you won't see the "2K betrayed", "Sony paid", "I need to heal" bs like you guys post. Also, its not hard to imagine how you, queefyb, and angelitos are by just reading your posts. "Heal".. seriously wtf.

juuken3686d ago

tester, and I'm sure 360 fanbrats said the same thing when Bioshock came to the PS3. And thank you for assuming things about me when you don't know about me.

Common Sense3686d ago

I believe Juuken is a girl.

juuken3686d ago

tester, you're still failing.

What Angelitos said is true. This was the work of Microsoft's bullsh*tting tactics again. And I wasn't being serious with the whole 'healing' thing.

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD THE FAIL TRAIN!

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cellypower3686d ago

This game is going to get gimped,

Arsenal4Ever3686d ago

SE the next CAPCOM CONFIRMED

They are toning down the PS3 version because the lackluster 360 can't keep up with the cell processor.

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