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Submitted by Diselage 2623d ago | news

No FFXIII This Year

Fielding questions at a Square Enix financial briefing in Tokyo today, president Yoichi Wada said this about Final Fantasy XIII: "It will still take a bit more time. At the very least, [a release] this fiscal year is definitely out of the question."

Japanese is known for being a pretty vague language, but Wada's words were pretty clear. No FFXIII in Japan until some time after May 2008. (Final Fantasy XIII, PS3)

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Shadow Flare  +   2623d ago
Did anyone
else even think it was coming out this year? I thought everyone knew it was coming 2008
Violater  +   2623d ago
The Word
you are looking for is "DUHHHHH"!
bootsielon  +   2623d ago
What about Versus?
And Haeresis?
techie  +   2623d ago
Versus is 2009 :)
PS360WII  +   2623d ago
Any FF player knew this game wasn't coming out this year.
Tyrael  +   2623d ago
no surprise there
tehcellownu  +   2623d ago
mgs4 and final fantasy viii early 2008..
tplarkin7  +   2623d ago
No.
MGS4 and FFXIII holiday 2008 (if we're lucky).
Karebear  +   2623d ago
When does their fiscal year end?
I know a lot of business have the end of the fiscal year in July here. The calendar year and fiscal year don't always line up.
See link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
m000b1  +   2623d ago
I thought we already knew end of 08.
Expy  +   2623d ago
More time to work on this game is always good!
Dlacy13g  +   2623d ago
Pretty sure we all knew...
but now its official. There is just something different about speculated knowledge and hard truth when it comes to release dates. I mean everyone speculating the release date could still hang on to hope that it comes out this year. Now...there is no hope. It's 2008 no if, and's or but's about it.

And whats worse is now this puts another dent in Sony's holiday speculated releases. No MGS4, no FF13, No GTHD/5 ...assuming no Killzone2 since we have not seen ANYTHING around this game at all. So what are we looking at for the Holiday releases? Lair? No should be this summer if according to plan? Heavenly Sword? I think it maybe holiday time frame if I am correct. Home should be launched but its really not a game per-se. I mean honestly...I really don't know what killer exclusive app they have that is gonna drive sales.

This has to concern Sony.
tplarkin7  +   2623d ago
Still not "official".
Square teases by continually pushing the rumored dates. People will think that this "official" response means Q1 2008. But it won't be released before October 2008.
closedxxx  +   2623d ago
SONY= 2008
It seems like SONY has already written off 2007. I guess they figure Resistance and Motorstorm is all we need this year. WTF is going on!? It seems like every day there is another PS3 title getting delayed until 2008. It's not jus tthe exclusives either (wait, what exclusives?) Several multi-platform titles have already been bumped from the PS3 2007 lineup. But really, if you're going to get a multiplatform title, and you also own a 360, you would obviously get it for the 360 based on the PS3s multi-platform game track record.
I'm not saying FF viii was expected this year, but then again, what game is?
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tplarkin7  +   2623d ago
I agree.
Sony is in big trouble. PS3 owners will be dry for a very long time. At least they'll have Ninja Gaiden Sigma. But this year is getting stronger and stronger for the 360. There are great games that we don't talk about since there are so many. Remember Kingdom Under Fire? That's just one of many 360 exclusives that will fill in any gaps between the huge titles.
THE TRUTH  +   2623d ago
So basically
What you two gamers have said is now that FF13 won't be on PS3 until 2008 that Sony is in huge trouble? Well NGS will be out in early July with Lair out in the end of July followed by Heavenly Sword in early August. You say doom and gloom but I just can't see it. 360 will have it's share of titles also no doubt, but let's not turn FF13 news into some kind of game vs. game 360 vs PS3 flamewar.
calderra  +   2623d ago
That would be a valid comment, Truth, except that Sony is dead last in the console battle globally and desperately needs to catch up. Not to mention Sony's game division has experienced tremendous financial losses that Sony has proven it can't really absorb. Staying in third place just isn't an option. Everyone in the industry knows that Sony needs to get its big guns blazing if it's going to dig out of this hole.

And yet, 360's upcoming lineup is as big or bigger, with the massive franchise that is Halo 3 going off in September. 360 is even dominating Playstation's usual are of expertise- RPGs. Mass Effect, Blue Dragon, BioShock, and maybe even Lost Oddyssey. The wake of the missing Gran Turismo is going to be filled with Forza 2, DiRT, and maybe Project Gotham Racing 4 as well, catering to virtually every possible breed of car nut.

And Playstation's firing back with... off-beat services and platform/adventure games? Unless you're just a die-hard Sony fanatic, you have to see big problems there. The only thing PS3 is going to deliver this year that really caters to returning Sony fans is Heavenly Sword, because it's basically a new spin on the timed-sequence laden fighting game (aka: God of War). Basically no RPGs are hitting, no Metal Gear, and most everything else is multipltform- with even other former Sony exclusives (Devil May Cry) also being delayed.

PS3 needs FF13, and it needs it yesterday.
THE TRUTH  +   2623d ago
Here we go again calderra
You response is very opinionated and not exactly factual. I have a few things to point out from your post that are very telling of your objective:

1.) "Sony is dead last in the console battle globally and desperately needs to catch up." The key word "desperately" is really unwarrented based off the fact Sony is almost at the exact same numbers in sales they were in with both the PSone and PS2 so I highly doubt Sony is desperate especially being the PS3 isn't even at it's 1 year mark yet.

2.) "Not to mention Sony's game division has experienced tremendous financial losses that Sony has proven it can't really absorb." Do you have any crediable sources for this statement because as far as I know it's a bold lie.

3.) "Everyone in the industry knows that Sony needs to get its big guns blazing if it's going to dig out of this hole." Well first I would like to know of this mysterious hole some gamers seem to think Sony is in? AGAIN PS3 hasn't even been out a year, where exactly do you think that the PS3 should be in regards to sales?

4.) "And yet, 360's upcoming lineup is as big or bigger, with the massive franchise that is Halo 3 going off in September. 360 is even dominating Playstation's usual are of expertise- RPGs. Mass Effect, Blue Dragon, BioShock, and maybe even Lost Oddyssey. The wake of the missing Gran Turismo is going to be filled with Forza 2, DiRT, and maybe Project Gotham Racing 4 as well, catering to virtually every possible breed of car nut."

You are entitled to YOUR opinion but at very least you should present your statements as such. It's a fact that MS business model is very different to Sony's. Sony has never been the company that puts it's egg in one franchise/basket. Halo 3 will be huge BUT SO WERE HALO 1 AND HALO 2, so to use that as a point to argue which company will win is useless. It's quantity of quality titles over a variety of geners that will take a company to 100 million sales my friend. Both consoles have what LOOKS to be huge lineups BUT we will have to see which titles gets the gamers attention the most.

4.) "The only thing PS3 is going to deliver this year that really caters to returning Sony fans is Heavenly Sword"

Hmmm: Let's see Rachet and Clank: TOD, Socom, Tekken 6, Warhawk, Singstar, Eye of Judgement, Hot Shots Golf 5, Loco Roco, and Jak and Dexter: TFL. Those titles wont "caters to returning Sony fans"?

5.) "PS3 needs FF13, and it needs it yesterday" why? because you say so.... I'm curious to know if you own a PS3 based on your statements I would have to say no, and that you prefer a 360. If that is true than who are you to say what Sony needs to do especially when Square makes games according to SQUARES timetable NOT Sony's. FF13 will be out when it's ready and not a day ealier. I as a gamer accept that and welcome Square to take all the time they need to make the game as best they see fit.
-_-_-_-_-_-_-  +   2623d ago
calderra, here's just my opinion:
I don't think Sony actually has any competition. I think X360 and Wii are not completely *technically* next gen. Wii clearly isn't, and MS just rushed their new console before the time was right so they're stuck with a last gen format (DVD). So, basically if you're not a patient man, you should buy yourself an X360 and buy a PS3 in late2008 or 2009. Maybe MS launches a new console then, who knows.
So, my point is that Sony is not desperate and they don't need to do anything fast since they have plenty of time. And I think they WANT games to start coming out in 2008, you can see that many games are being delayed. They don't want to sell a console at such a huge loss. It's clear and everyone knows that PS3 needs a price cut, so why do you think Sony isn't listening? They launched PS3 just because MS rushed them. Thanx for that MS. We should enjoy X360 and Wii until PS3 gets serious.
Just my opinion. (that "last gen format (DVD)" wasn't X360 bashing but I was just telling the truth, just like CD wasn't an appropriate format for lastgen)
no_more_heroes  +   2622d ago
I've got two words for you...
Heavenly Sword.
sumfood4u  +   2623d ago
NOT SURPRIZED ABOUT THIS OR ANY OTHER PUSH BACKS!
Games always get pushed back since PSone!
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THE TRUTH  +   2623d ago
ARCHAIC
FF13 was NEVER intended to come out in 2007 or even 1st Quarter 2008. but I have to respond to ARCHAIC comments about how Sony has given up on 2007!

1.) Square developes there games on it's own timetable NOT SONY'S.

2.) Little Big Planet, Uncharted, Heavenly Sword, LAIR, Haze, Killzone 2, Singstar, Eye Toy, Home, Warhawk, Rachet and Clank. Come on gamers Sony's plate is pretty damn full right now and that's not even counting firmwire updates. It hasn't even been a year but I do think Sony is doing a great job and with developing games for gamers who like to play a variety of genres.

Your opinion is valid but at least be objective and get all your facts straight before making such statements
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Dlacy13g  +   2623d ago
@The Truth....
Little Big Planet, Uncharted, Heavenly Sword, LAIR, Haze, Killzone 2, Singstar, Eye Toy, Home, Warhawk, Rachet and Clank....

Ok First off, HOME is not a game. It's an app inside the PS3. I get its got game appeal to a degree...but really its a social network element and not a game.

Eye Toy - Very niche gimmick ad on...just like any camera. It's not a system seller.

Haze - I have yet to still see any confirmation from Ubisoft that this is exclusive.

Singstar - God I hope Sony is not hanging their hopes on this game to drive sales. Niche game that doesnt' have wide appeal to all groups

Little Big Planet - Looks pretty enough but its one of those unknowns at this point. Could be huge...could be meh.

Heavenly Sword, LAIR - two games with the best hype and promise. But they are going to be released over the summer so some of the steam off these games will be lost most likely come holiday.

Warhawk - This game so far is all over the map. This is one of those wait for review games. Its not a system seller by any stretch

Rachet and Clank - solid great games in the past. definitely has a following and should sway a few, but not sure its a system seller.

Uncharted - This game could be the sleeper hit, the game that rises to the top and gets Sony on the map. But its too early to tell.

Killzone2 - Ummm....well unless Sony cranks up the hype machine soon on this one I wouldn't expect it around the holidays or if it does come then I wouldn't expect much from it. For as big a game as this one is to Sony I am very concerned over the flat out lack of information and hype around this game.

So in terms of the 2007 holiday...its not exactly earth trembling stuff on the horizon....and that is not what Sony needs right now. Sony needs a home run title!
Xi  +   2623d ago
hmmm.
I've only seen mixed reviews about lair and heavenly sword, that's not something to be extremely glad about. I would wait and see because as of right now I don't see the games selling as well as people think they will.
-_-_-_-_-_-_-  +   2623d ago
@Dlacy13g
Man, Ratchet and Clank IS a system seller! I have a friend (32) who is waiting for R&C to purchase a PS3. He has played all the previous R&Cs for many times and he's a total R&C fanatic. No other game really interests him that much (maybe God of War). And no, R&C is not a game for children only, it has some sophisticated humour that only grown-ups can understand. he's pretty rich and could buy a PS3 anytime he wishes but he's just waiting for R&C as I said. Not only shooters are system sellers. They might be for you, but not for everyone. My friend actually hates FPS.

For me though, Drake is definitely a system seller.
InMyOpinion  +   2623d ago
No Ps3 this year.
Darth Gamer  +   2623d ago
I Agree!
I will also be waiting unless they come out with a great deal including a big price drop.
SimmoUK  +   2623d ago
Everyone expected this...
But saying there is no games for PS3 this fall is a pure lie, i meen seriously some of you guys are jokers...

You've seen what Sony had at gamers day and that wasn't even E3...

Sony releases games that appeal to a wide audience, they cover many genre's, many many consoles have been sold on Siingstar and Buzz alone for example, Halo 3 doesn't appeal to everyone you know and it's not the way to sell 100 million console's...
THE TRUTH  +   2623d ago
agreed
Very well said SimmoUK +bubble for you
dominusbellum  +   2623d ago
your right
halo 3 won't sell that many it will sell 100 billion muahahahahahahaha j/k for 07 it's 360 for me for 08 i'll be gettin ps3 don't know which one i'll play more though looking forward to my own inner turmoil
ITR  +   2623d ago
MGS4, FF, and GT5 would have some HD sales but not this yr.

I think the physical yr ends at Sony around Oct or so.
So I'm guessing Fall 2008..probably for all 3 games.
lil bush  +   2623d ago
and whats scary for ms, is that FFXIII, MSG4, and GT HD, are coming out next 2008, which are all sony's heavy hitters.......
dominusbellum  +   2623d ago
well
it seems like the year i will be getting a ps3 is in 08 seems like that is when their releasing their heavy hitters looking forward to it
BubblesDAVERAGE  +   2623d ago
Sony will be fine...
They still have an awesome year ahead of them...Socom..LBP...Warhawk... GTA5..singstar..Uncharted....H aze..e3 games to be annoced
Heavenly Sword, LAIR ..KIllzone is the game im worried about I hear this game is like near done but they have been sitting on ie..i guess we all will see in e3 2007 ..Also can u tell me wat does XBox have to offer for 2008..Also MGS and FF are big games but madden still sells bettter then them both and many other games..there big but we all can w8 on them..
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Dlacy13g  +   2623d ago
@Bizzarro...
I dont want to turn this into a 360 vs PS3 flame war. I only want to comment on one thing you said "Also can u tell me wat does XBox have to offer for 2008" You question actually sums up what a lot of us are saying. With the 360 we are not looking forward to 2008, we are looking at 2007. I have ZERO doubt that MS will have lots to offer in 2008 but their strategy is to highlight games coming in 2007 and not pin the hopes and resons to buy their console on games coming in 2008.

I can now safely wait for 2008 to buy a PS3 as there is really no reason for me to need one this year.
Xi  +   2623d ago
re5 for starters
halo wars?
but i think we'll start seeing MS 2008 line up when we get closer to 2008. But I'm fairly certain that microsoft has something planned, and I have no need to worry, because with all the great games they have comming out this year, I should last till 2009.
BIadestarX  +   2623d ago
...
No FFXIII This Year + No Metal Gear this year = no PS3 this year.
Math can be so simple.
LoveHateTragedy  +   2623d ago
Too bad your equation's
missing about 20 other titles.

Jak and Daxter
Sly Cooper
ATV Offroad Fury
Ratchet
Resistance (yes, they're working on Rise of Man)
The Getaway
Eight Days
Coded Arms: Assault
White Knight Story
Heavenly Sword
Ninja Gaiden
Lair
Killzone (reports say it looks incredible)
Metal Gear (you know they'll show it)
Afrika
Haze
Eye of Judgment
LBP
Soul Calibur
Tekken 6
HOME

ETC...(oh, and Factor 5 still hasn't shown their second PS3 title). I also wonder how God of War 3 is coming along since the engine was apparently easy to move over to the PS3.
-_-_-_-_-_-_-  +   2623d ago
Sly Cooper? really? This year?
CrazzyMan  +   2623d ago
SAY YES to PS3. =)
MotorStorm, NGS, Lair, Folklore, HS, GTA4, AC, R&C, Uncharted, Haze, LBP, WarHawk + some new announced games on E3.

But personally i will wait for price drop till 500$. =)
Xi  +   2623d ago
to little to late.
the longer it takes to get these games out, the larger the gap gets, and the harder it is to close.
The Bubble Decreaser  +   2623d ago
You have to much bubbles
Xi  +   2623d ago
so do you.
Bebedora  +   2623d ago
White Knight Story
is slated for the fall, so we will get a share of JRPGs it seems. Good autumn coming. Still I guess there will be some for the hollidays, surely. What, I dont know. One or another delayed title is my guess.
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techie  +   2623d ago
White Kincht Story is 2008.

We all knew FFXIII was 2008, so why the sudden debate?

FFXIII is 2009.

MGS4...is before March 2008.
CyberSentinel  +   2623d ago
LAL
Laughing @ Lemmings.
bootsielon  +   2622d ago
LAT
Laughing @ tard

Why are you fixated with the word lemmings anyway, you moron? It seems that someone is projecting himself on us.

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