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.

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patterson2907d ago (Edited 2907d 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.

Lucreto2907d ago

I would pay that even if the game is gimped. It would be my MW2.

SpoonyRedMage2907d ago

Well they charged a ridiculious amount for Dragon Quest IX as well and look how that went...(inredibly well that'd be).

patterson2907d ago

How much were they selling Dragon Quest IX?

AP2907d ago

Very expensive. Importers are going to have a headache. With decently fast shipping, this could cost 120 or so to actually get.

Sarcasm2907d ago

And we thought Activision was money hungry.

SpoonyRedMage2907d 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_72907d ago

That what games cost here in denmark, but many import games too.

lordgodalming2907d ago

FF titles always sell for a premium in Japan. This isn't surprising news, but it is still bad news for importers. :(

crck2907d 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.

Sarcasm2907d 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.

evrfighter2907d ago


weren't they talkin about DLC too...

AKNAA2907d ago

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!

Syronicus2907d ago

I think it is safe to say...


lordgodalming2907d 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.

FarEastOrient2907d 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.

ABizzel12907d 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.

mastiffchild2906d 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.

MAiKU2906d ago


foxtheory2906d ago

that it doesn't go for $100 here in the US!!!

njr2906d ago

If this is really the case, change the title to 8800 yen so people don't spazz out.

GameGambits2906d 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.

G3TDOWN2906d ago

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

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FiftyFourPointTwo2907d ago

100$?! Microsoft is that you?

VsAssassin2907d ago

SE is really showing their bones here.

El Botto2907d ago (Edited 2907d ago )

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.

ukilnme2907d 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?

Missan2907d ago

You don't need two jobs to afford $600 console. Just save up across 2 months and there it is.

Etseix2906d 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?

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Wiitactics2907d ago (Edited 2907d 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...