Final Fantasy XIII Demo Dated


The Final Fantasy XIII demo will go on sale soon, accompanied by an added extra in the form of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete (the CG movie adapted to Blu-ray), or a 160GB PS3 to play it on.

The demo can had accompanied by the PS3 (and movie) at ¥50,000 or the limited edition movie at ¥6,000; the normal movie is available separately for ¥5,000.

These packages will all go on sale on the 16th of April, according to official sources. It’s not clear whether a more general distribution of the demo is planned.

No firm date is yet given for the release of the game proper either, but a Japanese PS3 release in 2009 is apparently on the cards (the rest, including the humiliating Xbox 360 release, are set for 2010).

More details on the characters have also been dribbling out of late:


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    Comment by Onni
    09:15 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good God how can it take them so long.
    I mean I'm no person to rush video games, that's how casual games are made. But still, ouch.

    Comment by rav3n
    07:02 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhhh... did I read right ?
    You are paying to be able to play a PS3 Demo ? srsly ?

    Comment by FourChan
    06:18 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    360s are awesome, the only thing about the PS3 that's good is backwards compatible games, like PS2 games. Other than that the PS3 sucks with it's repetitive gaming and loser crap. The only reason why Square brought a 360 version out is cause the PS3 is doing so horrible in sales, not only that, they take a loss on every PS3 sold. They're closing out so many PS3 manufacturing plants why? Cause the PS3 is doing good? No. Cause when games like FFXIII comes out on xbox 360, people wont RUSH to get a PS3, they'd already have a console to play it on. Enjoy your PS-Failure kiddies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 doesn't even got anymore the backwards compatibility, while 360 offers it for more Xbox games.

    Putting that aside, it can be argued that present 360 success is based no less than in its earlier release date, its yet lower prices, its alternative title list, and its Xbox Live service user base. This all has a great impact in the sales, even though the PS3 can be considered a more powerful and versatile console (hardware wise), with better manufacturing quality from the start and a free (yet competent) online service in contrast with Xbox's paid service.

    This way, the PS3 can't be considered a "fail" or a lesser console than the 360, it's just having a bad business time because of this all. In a side note, players can't be happier economically talking, as the prices of both consoles keep falling because of their rivalry.

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    Comment by FallsFromGrace
    19:15 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Depends on what games you want to play surely, I only got a PS3 recently and couldn't be happier. I would never get an xbox even if Star Ocean 4 is never ported, as the rest of the games on the system have 0 appeal to me.

    Comment by Fonzer
    07:11 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you pay for demos??

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    Comment by Tommy
    17:55 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What!? You need to pay to play the demo? I like the 3D CG tho

    Comment by Kyo
    18:50 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hell is that? (in the 1st pic)

    A swiss army knife????

    That guy with the snowcap looks cool.

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    Comment by FallsFromGrace
    19:18 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks more like a Power Rangers weapon - cheap plastic version on sale soon!

    Comment by FourChan
    11:10 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah the thing about the PS3 is, even if it's a year late, it's still doing horrible, the company can't even produce the system right and is taking a huge hit on even selling them for the price that they are. This is the Dreamcast of the Next Generation Console Wars. It's only a matter of time before Sonys gaming development will fold up. Take a look at the recent losses, they're closing down tons of Television Producing plants in order to keep the money up to compete with The Wii and 360.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lightning is a very handsome lady.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 21/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ugh, i can't stand seeing pics of that main female with the retarded sword/knife. Her face is everywhere! Especially that pic with her mouth open. There's just something about her face I can't stand >_<

    Comment by Kyo
    18:52 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The snowcap wearing guy looks like kurt Cobain!

    Comment by kenjiharima
    18:56 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They turned the main girls hair to pink so she won't be branded the female Cloud lol. Look there's a another Rikku clone and a FF8 Irvine re design to be cooler.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh I'm not interested in her, the male protagonist on Verses is much better

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    Comment by Garven
    19:33 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That blade looks so... useless...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's obviously a fashionable Swiss army sword! :D

    Comment by BuggyBY
    00:11 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it just me or does it look like there's a Leatherman multitool attached between the handle and the actual blade?

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    Comment by metatron
    19:51 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL Squeenix is squeezing more money out of their lucrative FFVII Advent Children XDD

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Failed gunblade much?

    Comment by Inferno
    00:06 21/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed.. Failed gunblade...

    Comment by Dagda
    18:24 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not joking. No release outside of the island planned until 2010.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A bum and a black guy with an afro. Well at least Tetsuya Nofagmura is getting some variety despite it being shitty variety.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhh, the ps3 comes with both the movie and the demo

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    Comment by Artefact

    I know... Clarifying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i seriously just got a boner. ive been waiting for any kind news about this game and when it is going to be released so any kind of news is exciting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Better be fucking joking about 2010 360 release date

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am fucking pissed about the 2010 release date.
    I don't care about the game going to the 360, but if the 360 caused the date to be pushed back this far, 360 developers are getting shot, and I'm going to be on Sankaku for it <3

    Comment by Heyjey
    17:44 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    count me in.

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    Comment by Quen
    20:51 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember to send us a lurid letter before you do it so we'll have something extra-interesting to post along with the news reports, thanks!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Buy a PS3 then.

    And prepare to get a low-res, rip-off from the X360 version, as FFXIII will use a bluray.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    18:47 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, 2010 for anything in NA. However I doubt 2009 will happen even for Japan but we'll see.

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    Comment by Artefact

    All the non-Japanese releases are apparently being started after the Japanese release, so they will all likely fall into 2010 - or at least that is what's being said.

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    Comment by smooches
    18:23 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    just be happy 360 gets a release at all, because it never should have in the first place

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thing is, humans are naturally greedy
    Now that it's on the 360 we want it sooner, once it's out will want DLC and so on
    Are both FFXIII and FFXIII Verses going on both consoles?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 = fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 26/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They never promised as same day release noob. They even admitted to it taking longer to make for the 360 and that they don't know what to export when transcoding.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 26/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They never promised as same day release noob. They even admitted to it taking longer to make for the 360 and that they don't know what to expect when transcoding.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shut up you faggot, fanboys are disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    bleh, glad to see 360 will have to wait for XIII, and not get Versus XIII as well. PS3 ftw.

    and on a related topic, holy crap demo! =O

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, Squenix kind of promised that the 360 version would come out the same day as the PS3 version.

    Versus is still PS3 only, by the way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, 360 owners have way too many awesome games to play as it is. PS3 owners are probably tired of begging for change in Home by now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can you have too many awesome games? We still don't have nearly enough

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A >DEMO< + a movie we have all watched, just that it's a different format...

    For 6,000 yen? May as well just get a Flip Hole to burn time until someone inevitably sells it for dirt cheap after finishing the demo in a day or a week...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Demo + sale in the same sentence? I don't understand... the moment you start charging for demos is the moment I bittorrenting the full game to use as a demo.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Good luck trying that on the PS3...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, everything got copy-protection today, just that a way to bypass it is found eventually.

    Just wait until it becomes popular and drops its prices, only then the "hax0rz" will have a reason and a budget to destroy PS3's in order to hack it. Maybe in 2 years or so...

    Not implying that piracy or the like is good, it's just what happens...

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    Comment by Shuu
    08:37 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So essentially they have some kind of copy protection? Strange that this poses a hindrance to them haxx0rz. Anyway, I don't own a PS3, so I wouldn't know.

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    Nobody's hacked the PS3 yet, and it doesn't look like they'll manage it now unless Sony let them. Blu-ray ISOs are not at issue.

    Avatar of Shuu
    Comment by Shuu
    07:27 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not? It's not like it's impossible to make images of BluRay discs... but then again, I've never seen one. Maybe the size scares people off... but actually that shouldn't be an issue in Japan where everyone and his/her grandmother have a GBit connection. But what do I know.

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    Comment by Shuu
    07:46 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Better make myself clear before some funny guy posts a link to an "image" (aka picture) of a BluRay disc >_>
    *ISO of a BluRay disc

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    Comment by FallsFromGrace
    09:55 21/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sic Dark_Alex on it

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    Comment by Artefact

    They've been trying frantically for years...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well considering Gran Turismo 5: Prologue was sold as a full game (despite it being just a demo to the full game) its not really that surprising that its just too damn freaking expensive.....

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