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MS Clarifies Final Fantasy XIII Asia Clarification

Back in early August at a Microsoft game exhibition in Taipei, Microsoft Taiwan's Grace Chou apparently confirmed that an Asian Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII was getting released in Taiwan. According to Taiwanese site GNN Gamer, the Microsoft exec stated it hadn't been decided which localized version (Japanese or English) would be launched for the Asian territories. This Asian version (which would conceivably be released in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore) made Japanese Xbox 360 owners excited as it possibly meant they might be able to import FFXIII and play it on Japanese Xbox 360s.

Regarding recent inaccurate media reports about the availability of Final Fantasy XIII in the Taiwan market, Microsoft Taiwan hereby issues this statement:

"At E3 2008, it was announced that Final Fantasy XIII will be available for Xbox 360 platform in North America and Europe. There is no plan to launch the game in Taiwan. We regret any confusion caused by this."

When Kotaku contacted Microsoft directly about whether or not Final Fantasy XIII will be getting an Asian version, Microsoft issued this statement: "There's really no more to say than that as announced at E3, "Final Fantasy XIII" on Xbox 360 is scheduled for release in North America and Europe. There are no plans to release the game in any other region, including Asia."

Do keep in mind that after the E3 press conference, Kotaku approached Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui about the chances of FFXIII getting a Japan release. His response? Ask Square Enix.

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Whoooop3385d ago

How many explanations does Square has to give????

deeznuts3385d ago (Edited 3385d ago )

We need to find the best translator in the history of translators, or just a fluent speaking Squeenix person in any NA/EU language, in the know, and get this story straight! Or the best japanese speaking person among the sites.

Talk about lost in translation!

CaptainHowdy3385d ago

We know we know, this jrpg is seeing no side of the....J

Viktor E3385d ago

This is turning out to being a fine beginning to a Tuesday morning http://dyackflop.ytmnd.com/

OSIRUSSS3385d ago

"Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui" Talk about a guy not earning his paycheck. The 360 has been getting murdered in Japan by Next gen,Last Gen and handhelds alike. What has this dude been doing the past 3 years?

PoorDroids3385d ago

filming upskirt asian schoolgirl videos. he's in Japan. WTF else would he be doing?

Alexander Roy3385d ago (Edited 3385d ago )

10 years ago, when we got our informations about games from magazines, there were announcements. If the game for some reason didn't make it, it got canceled, end of story.
Today, we get announcements that get a clarification that get a clarification. Call me a wuss or oldschool, but that is sad.

But I agree with deeznuts: We need an ultimate press conference with only the big heads of SE and one and ONE ONLY translator that is as fluent as possible both in Japanese and English. Let those guys do the talking, hell, lock them in for a day so that they can talk about this until there is nothing left to misunderstand. This way, we could finally have a clarification that doesn't need a clarification.

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