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Square Enix confirms FF13 on December 17th, $100

Square Enix has confirmed the final release date for the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII officially.

Yoichi Wada took to the stage minutes ago at the Final Fantasy XIII Premiere Party over in Japan and announced that the game would debut on December 17th 2009 for 8800 Yen, roughly 95 US dollars.

With tax, the price of the game will rise a little further to around 9250 Yen, or bang on 100 dollars at today's exchange rate. (Culture, Final Fantasy XIII, PS3, Xbox 360)

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patterson  +   2342d ago
$100??? Well there goes my plan on importing out the window. I know Japan loves Final Fantasy but man this is borderline self sabatoge.

But hey, I could be wrong, maybe it's still going to sell like crazy and if not, I'm sure they'll drop that price soon enough.
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Lucreto  +   2342d ago
I would pay that even if the game is gimped. It would be my MW2.
SpoonyRedMage  +   2342d ago
Well they charged a ridiculious amount for Dragon Quest IX as well and look how that went...(inredibly well that'd be).
patterson  +   2342d ago
How much were they selling Dragon Quest IX?
AP  +   2342d ago
Very expensive. Importers are going to have a headache. With decently fast shipping, this could cost 120 or so to actually get.
Sarcasm  +   2342d ago
And we thought Activision was money hungry.
SpoonyRedMage  +   2342d ago
DQIX was the equivalent of $65 I think, which is a LOT for a DS game. They also pushed a lot of merchandise as well.
Equinoxe_7  +   2342d ago
That what games cost here in denmark, but many import games too.
lordgodalming  +   2342d ago
FF titles always sell for a premium in Japan. This isn't surprising news, but it is still bad news for importers. :(
crck  +   2342d ago
Games in Japan are not priced like they are in the US. They pretty much have a different price for every game unlike the US which has a flat $60 suggested retail price. I believe Star Ocean 4 was sold at close to the same price.
Sarcasm  +   2342d ago
"Games in Japan are not priced like they are in the US."

Man that really sucks. If that same sort of thing happened in the U.S. I'm pretty sure Kotick would charge $120 for MW2.
evrfighter  +   2342d ago

weren't they talkin about DLC too...
AKNAA  +   2342d ago
As much as I love FF games...
Even I would never pay that much!!! Great work SE, take full advantage of your loyal hardcore customer in Japan! the same people who made you what you are today.
Man, they better not pull that bullsh1t here!
Syronicus  +   2342d ago
100 bucks?
I think it is safe to say...

lordgodalming  +   2342d ago
@ everyone freaking out:

In Japan FF games ALWAYS launch between 8000-9000 yen, or around $90 depending on the current exchange rate. This is not shocking, or even really news. This is normal. The game will still be $60 when it lands stateside, unless you want the limited edition, which will be more.
FarEastOrient  +   2342d ago
Oh my God! My poor wallet.... grumble... grumble... and a PS3 Slim with FFXIII Bundle, geez forget a price cut, I need a raise.
ABizzel1  +   2342d ago
What a rip off. They better do this in Japan only like they usually do, because this isn't going to fly anywhere else.

OMG, what if they made the PS3 version $100, and made the 360 version $60. I highly doubt that would ever happen, but Square hasn't been using their brains to the fullest this gen.
mastiffchild  +   2342d ago
I remeber this happening in Japan with a few games and often, I think, FF releases , at least, start of with a premiom price tag out there-it's not something new and I know DQ9 was searer than the usual DS game as well.

Thing is it's never been the case in the west and JRPGs haven't sold that well so far this generation(for whatever reson you prefer)on home consoles so to reproduce this price hike in the west could actually harm the sales of FF13-esp when you think that UK/EU/Aus gamers already pay nearly what they're asking for this in Japan. In Sweded, IIRC, games can actually copst m,ore than this anyway so to raise it further would be incredible to my thinking.

Anyway, it's not a new thing in Japan, and so far hasn't been something they've carried out worldwide so no need for us to panic just yet.
MAiKU  +   2341d ago
oh my god!
RememberThe357  +   2341d ago
F*ch that.
foxtheory  +   2341d ago
I hope to dear God
that it doesn't go for $100 here in the US!!!
njr  +   2341d ago
If this is really the case, change the title to 8800 yen so people don't spazz out.
GameGambits  +   2341d ago
I was thinking about seriously importing the Japanese Version if I couldn't understand it just to play it since 2009 is a pretty slim year for games I know I'll buy day one.

However, that's a bit steep for a game I can't understand, so I'll just wait for the cheap 60 dollar version for my PS3 instead. :)

I wonder though if games cost 60 bucks in Japan too for new releases like FF13, then what would the sales #'s for PS3 and FF13 look like? I mean that'd be a steal in their books.
G3TDOWN  +   2341d ago
people need to boycott on this !!
stupid developer you can tell they are HUNGRY for money...

First, they announced it for 360 and now 100 bucks ?

Look at GT5... GT5 is still $60 and I think it requires more work

JUST DONT BUY the game for a month... they will Drop the price
Anon1974  +   2340d ago
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FiftyFourPointTwo  +   2342d ago
100$?! Microsoft is that you?
VsAssassin  +   2342d ago
That is unreasonably high-priced!
SE is really showing their bones here.
El Botto  +   2342d ago
wtf why is it 100 bucks?
Did they raise the price of the game?

Or simply exchange rate results? Cos 100 bucks, I can get two games for that amount.

EDIT: well there you go:

"or bang on 100 dollars at today's exchange rate."

Be cool, people. Its probably just 60 bucks when it releases in the Spring.
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ukilnme  +   2342d ago
Lol. I don't think MS ever said people would be willing to work more than one job just to buy their console. So...Sony, is that you?
Missan  +   2342d ago
You don't need two jobs to afford $600 console. Just save up across 2 months and there it is.
Etseix  +   2341d ago
so.. in other words.. Square waste a lot of money doing shetty xbox 360 games, and now they want to get all the money they lost, putting a ps3 game more expensive?
Shaka2K6  +   2342d ago
Quite possibly the worst Final Fantasy every made all thanks to the xbox 360 pathetic graphics and weak hardware.
ukilnme  +   2342d ago
Stop crying.
Wiitactics  +   2342d ago
How can anybody stop crying when a FF games could have been more if it had stayed exclusive!

Each FF game takes like 3 to 5 years for Square to develop and every entry must be at the highest quality because they don't make sequels. But now thanks to the Sh1tbox we'll get a gimped down version of a game that will probably be good but that could have been even better! It could have been the first FF game to be released with dual audio and with lots and lots of content thanks to the blu-ray.

When FF fans talk about FF is not the same as people talking about Gaylo or Call of Duty because those games are nothing compared to the legendary FF franchise. FF is on a league of its own, just like Metal Gear. Or at least it was...
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Missan  +   2342d ago
Those who deny the 360 gimped this game are just crazy. It' kinda obvious.
AngryTypingGuy  +   2341d ago
Isn't FF more than one disc on the Xbox? How are they gimping it down? Not for storage reasons. Processing? The 360 can do every bit as much as the PS3, and it would look just as good if it were PS3 exclusive.
thereapersson  +   2342d ago
Why so inherently expensive?
commodore64  +   2342d ago
It would be logical to suggest that the high price is due to the fact that the ps3 is demonstrably difficult and expensive to develop for and thus incurred higher additional costs that needed to be recouped by the developer in the form of higher prices.

What other explanation could there be?
Da One  +   2342d ago
That's an explanation
OgTheClever  +   2342d ago
To pay for the extra DVDs the 360 version uses.
Homicide  +   2342d ago
That's how much games cost in Japan. DS games in Japan cost around $60. Hell that FFVII Blu-ray movie with the FFXIII demo cost around $70, and it still sold!
Anon1974  +   2342d ago
Again, Commodore is simply stating opinion, not fact.
Developers have commented in the past on the cost of development. The Wii's the cheapest and the PS3/360 are comparable, and this was before Sony slashed the cost of their development tools this past March.

As for more difficult to develop for, is it more difficult or just different? That's really just a matter of opinion. There have been plenty of developers that don't seem to have any problem putting out quality products on the PS3, and they've made a tidy profit at the same time.

In the end, Commodore's notion that the PS3 is the reason for a price hike is laughable. It's funny that he claims it's "logical" to assume...blah blah..blah. It would be logical to assume that if PS3 games cost more to make, then all PS3 games would be more expensive, not just this one. This is clearly not the case.

The price is simple. The US dollar isn't as strong. The Yen has appreciated in value against the US dollar by approx 25%, so it takes more US bucks now to make the same money for Japanese developers.
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DelbertGrady  +   2341d ago
I think he was being sarcastic though.
commodore64  +   2341d ago
There goes darkride again, stalking my comments like a nutjob

We can rely on him to serve up a never ending stream of pro-sony spin and outright lies, despite overwhelming evidence in my favour.

Here's the truth:

you've been proven wrong again.
show some character for once.
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Anon1974  +   2340d ago
Ah. The old bait and switch.
Classic Commodore. When you've lost an argument and don't have a response, distract. "Look over there! OMG."

You know I'm right which is why you're trying to switch to something unrelated. Why don't you try sticking to the points being discussed?
LJWooly  +   2342d ago
I have enough trouble parting with £40 for most of my games, so sod that... then again I've never imported a game from another country in my life. Still, that's lame and doesn't fly with cheapskate tight-fisted bastards like myself.

I'm having second thoughts about buying it when it comes over here, anyway... so I was obviously goin' to dislike this anyway.
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THE MAX SPEED 21  +   2342d ago
no chance of it being that expensive when it'll come state side.
peeps  +   2342d ago
indeed. it's just because of exchange rates and so on altho it's odd that all games released in japan don't translate to a similar figure.

I know $100 seems a lot but whats the average income of ppl in japan etc if u see what i'm getting at?
THE MAX SPEED 21  +   2342d ago
perseus  +   2342d ago
The average income for people in Japan is actually much less than many other Western countries when you take into account cost of living. The reason FF is expensive isn't because Japanese make more, it's because it's FF and Squeenix thinks they're willing to pay more. Games in Japan costabout 6000 yen, if you buy from a game store NOT an electronics store.

I think they'll lose the casuals though, at that price. On the other hand, a lot of PS2 waiters will come over to the PS3 as soon as FF is out, so it might balance out.
FreestyleBarnacle  +   2342d ago
There is no fixed price model for games as you would find in the US or UK. Some cost more, others a heck of a lot less. This is not an Activision moment it's just how things work in Japan. It's also not a direct reflection of development costs although when a company can be sure it can charge more and sell more it will pay more for development and often make a better game thus increasing demand perpetuating the cycle.
mastiffchild  +   2342d ago
F'styleBarnacle-that's the way I understand it too. Genres/games they feel have a premiom value in their market have often been priced more expensively-just a different way of doing things.

In the west JRPGs don't command that respect and there's no history of games being priced by a similar method(IDK how records/CDs are priced in Japan but would be interested to see if it's done like their games)over here-and SE haven't ever tried to put higher tariffs on their FF games in the west either so I can't see it this time no matter what they charge back home.
Ron_Burgundy  +   2342d ago
also confirmed
the flopbox is a fire hazard, stay away from it at all times
Xakep  +   2342d ago
$100!? Eat a handful of hickory walrus d*cks Square.
THE MAX SPEED 21  +   2342d ago
what the hell does this have to do with xbox? all you fanboys are Retarded like hell.

worst cases of ADD.
jashwin  +   2342d ago
just waiting for more info for ff13 versus....this game is going to be epic,especially in japan..
QuizPyro  +   2342d ago
you guys have got to learn that its Final Fantasy versus XIII not Final Fantasy XIII versus
TooL 316  +   2342d ago
well they had to make up for ms 5 disc edition some how, too bad the Japanese ps3 owners are paying for it.
Narutone66  +   2341d ago
I'm not a fan of FF. I just can't bring myself to play the FF series, just not my kind of game. I would feel ripped off if I have to pay $100 for a game.
KilZoneGeneralStrife  +   2342d ago
What?fck. .we pay $100 U.S Dollars on average for a game here. .
Where would this leave us now with next years pal release.Fck you Enix..I blame you for ruining Square.the Square that brought me FF7,8, favorites.
Godem  +   2342d ago
English subtitles please!
AP  +   2342d ago
Not gonna happen.
Ngai  +   2342d ago
Yep. Their site updated too.
clintagious650  +   2342d ago
Wow talk about GREEDY...
Now these IDIOTS want to blame their own country for the "LACK OF QUALITY GAMES" moneyhungrystupidenix has been bringing out. If I were japan I wouldnt even buy it until the price drops to normal price.
Marty8370  +   2342d ago
SE pricing a joke....................
I could understand charging more for the crapbox version as it's on more disks and will cost more to produce.

it's like 1 Blu-ray Vs 4+ DVD9's(thats my guess)

But it's like SE are charging Jap PS3 owners for the extra costs envolved in doing the gimped crapbox version.

Looks like SE are cover there asses in case the gimped Crapbox version bombs like the majority of RPG have.
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Ninjamonkey  +   2342d ago
Maybe thats just how its priced in Japan?

The site said what it would cost if you imported it. But most people wont be. Most people will buy this game once it comes out in their country, unless its cheaper abroad.

Chances are it will be priced similarly to all the other games in your reigon.

At the end of the day that title was HUGELY misleading. Theyve not announced the price for the US yet so no need to start bashing just yet.
Anon1974  +   2341d ago
You hit the nail right on the head.
This is a little high, but not much higher then other Japanese titles. Tekken 6 is 8000 yen, the new Gundam game is 8000. Plenty of new games are released in Japan for 7500-8500 yen.

It looks shocking to us, until you consider the US dollar is weak compared to the yen. Game prices aren't really going up, it's just US dollars don't buy as many yen anymore, so when the price is converted it looks quite shocking.

Now, what would be concerning is if it did launch in North America for $100, and it could happen..but greed has nothing to do with it. They still have to pay their developers in Yen, pay the programmers the exact same thing and more then they ever did. That doesn't change. What has changed is the value of the US dollar. If game prices are kept the same, that works out to be a huge pay cut for Japanese developers because they still have to pay their employees in a stronger currency. It's not their fault that the US dollar is weak.

Now Activision jacking up the price for MW2, that's just plain greed. It's not costing them anymore then a regular title to make. They don't have any currency conversion to worry about as most of the sales will be North American. They're just gouging because they can.
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jay2  +   2342d ago
F this game, MW2 and Tony halk RIDE, thank you Mr Banker but NO DEAL!
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Ravage27  +   2342d ago
Wow 100 bucks....
Looks like i ain't gonna regret my decision to buy it used
Epedemic  +   2342d ago
my solution to the money hungry companies, buy the games used if you don't pirate it. I'm definitely going to pirate MW2 and just buy FFXIII used since I'm not a big fan of greedy companies, especially ones that lie. (SE)
Eric Cartman  +   2342d ago
Screw You Wada, I'm Going Home
This is pathetic. They know that most of the fans are going to buy it anyway, they are setting the price too high. As far as I know, Dragon Quest VIII (PS2) was much more expensive than other games.

Mr. Wada, suck my balls.
MegaPowa  +   2342d ago
$100 bucks for a game that bores me? no thank you
TheMART  +   2342d ago
We all know the PS3 can take up to 5 times the developmentcosts compared to the 360. There you have the reason why the price will be so high...
Missan  +   2342d ago
No, it's because FF has ALWAYS cost more than normal games in Japan.
TheTruth89  +   2342d ago
And you are so gay that you don't know that PS3 version was finished BEFORE your crappy dvd capable 360°c mini-furnace.
commodore64  +   2342d ago
I agree with Mart.

The only logical conclusion is that the additional development resources which were, and always have been, required by the ps3 development have to be recouped by increasing the price!

Can't argue with the fact that the ps3 is hard and costly to develop for.
Anon1974  +   2342d ago
@ Commodore. A fact, is it?
"Can't argue with the fact that the ps3 is hard and costly to develop for."

Sure you can, this is not even close to being fact. Developers have stated that the cost in developing PS3 and 360 games are very similar. As for hard, no one said it was hard to develop for the PS3, just different.

Again, your "facts" are simply opinion.
commodore64  +   2341d ago
Oh gawd.. darkride my dear fellow... must you be ever-so-ignorant?

Yes, it is a fact.
The only one who passes off opinion as fact is ... uh.. you.

Fact is, dozens of developers have complained about the difficulty and expense of coding for the ps3!
here's a sample:

But there is no need to do research, nor do you have to take my word for it.
Just listen to Sony's own Kaz Hirai prove you wrong, again:

Fact is, even Kaz Hirai stated that the ps3 was more difficult to programme for!
.. but I guess you know more about it than Kaz does himself, huh darkie?

Man up, old boy.
You've been proven wrong again.
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Anon1974  +   2340d ago
What on earth are you talking about?
You just proved my point.
First off, Valve has never developed anything for the PS3. That's like me saying hiking Mount Everest is easy. If you haven't done it, your opinion doesn't really count. And in the article they didn't say it was hard...they said it was different, just like I said.

Second article again, the developer didn't say anything about development being hard, just different. The headline said hard, not the developer.

The third article states, and I quote "how it processes is just different."

And the fourth article is Kaz commenting, not a developer. How many games has Kaz made?

Different is difficult for some people, I'm not denying that, but there are plenty of developers that haven't had any issues.

That's my point. How can you say it's a fact it's hard to develop for when you have some saying it is and some saying it isn't? It just comes down to opinion.
lordkemp007  +   2342d ago
This Is Bobby Kottich dic$ishnes taken to the next level.

Wonder what US and Euro prices will be?
DiLeCtioN  +   2342d ago
this generation
of game companies are really money hungry and full with lies.

I am definitely not going to pay £60 for a single game, when i usually buy two used games (usually just released but pre-owned) for that price.

SE, Activision, Free Radical and a few others that i cba to list are not on my good list of game companies but those 3 are the worse this gen for me
ultimolu  +   2342d ago

Are they sh*tting me?
gano  +   2342d ago
Only reason gotta be it has eng subs.
Gotta.... ps3 region free, long wait, gotta be....
INehalemEXI  +   2341d ago
if it has english subs it would be hard to resist.
stonecold3  +   2342d ago
i would not pay that
importing it to australia might cost more than $ 220 which is a total rip i would not pay that priced since it been gimped cause of m$
silvacrest  +   2342d ago
WTF $100??
Anon1974  +   2341d ago
Games look expensive in Japan because the US dollar is weak.
This isn't that out of the ordinary. FF13 will be 8800 yen. Tales of Vesperia is 7600 Yen. Mobile Suit Gundam Senki - 8000 yen. Tekken 6: 8000 yen.

Japanese game prices are all over the map, that's just how it is. When you then throw in the foreign exchange, the US dollar is weak versus the yen, weaker then it's been in years. Suddenly games cost $90-100 US.
This isn't price gouging, it's simply the exchange rates on foreign currency. Just like some titles are $50, 60, $70 bucks here, game prices vary in Japan as well, but they don't pay in US dollars - they pay in yen. It's probably the same type of prices they've been paying all along, it's just it looks bad to us because of the fluctuating US dollar.
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dorron  +   2342d ago
If 100$=100€ I'm not buying it till a good price tag is reached.

Drop the price or burst !!!
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