Final Fantasy XIII, delayed thanks to the decision to port the game to the Xbox 360, has finally had its international PS3/Xbox 360 release dated in the below production documentary:

Both versions get a simultaneous March 9th release, for Europe and America at least (Square apparently divides the world into “domestic” and “international,” with a rather parochial definition of international to say the least).

Square Enix is banking on this being a major hit and selling 6 million copies…

The theme songs for the Japanese version and the international version also make for an interesting comparison:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will the American release have a japanese/english language option?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with the people saying the international song isn't bad, but it doesn't fit the game at all.

    I remember back with FFIX ending song, The international version was just as good as the Japanese

    Besides the international FF XIII song is way WAY to main stream

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Until you've played the game you haven't the slightest fucking clue whether the song fits or not

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ff13 international butcher free..
    its like their revenge against the nuclear bombing in 1945
    nice comeback Japan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn sheltered idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Best news I heard this year.

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    Comment by GodOfSpeed
    04:28 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yeah, finally the release date has been set. So excited about it! Just 4 more months! ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm what about the PC release? From what I understand the game was deved on pc for pc then ported to ps3/x360 due to it being easier that way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both themes are generic as fuck.... I hate radio music with a goddamn passion. I usually have to put on God Module or Hocico to cleanse my brain of the sheer shittyness of it all.
    I do have some rather weeaboo tendencies though... I generally prefer the localizations of Aksys and NIS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    March 2010:

    FFXIII for 360 sold: 1,7m

    FFXIII for PS3 sold: 1m

    I'd laugh.

    FFXV and all spinoffs Xbox 720 exlusive confirmed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a retarded fanboy post. You'd be kidding yourself if you think a company would look at sales like that and consider losing potentially 37% of their sales by going console-exclusive for the next game. If anything those statistics would reinforce the decision to go multiplatform was the correct one.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    07:34 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He doesn't know any better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like
    FFXIII for 360 sold: 1,7m

    FFXIII for PS3 sold: 1m

    FFXIII for 360 downloaded: 2m

    Comment by Matetrix
    00:56 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't like the english song... at all. Way to ruin things SE -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the international version..... oh SE, where's the fantasy in the Final Fantasy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is even worst!

    I bet later on SE will announce yet another crazy shit news like chosing MJ songs for the battle theme.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    22:49 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently anyone who says the English song is superior or that they are both on par gets voted down. Because someone's ego can't handle the opinions of others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. It is because people disagree - and people love to show that they disagree.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My Hands by Leona Lewis is not a bad song, it just doesn't fit where it's being put.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow! This much furious commenting over game versions which haven't come out yet. When they do, the Xbox vs. PS3 faggotry will be huge.

    If I cared about games I would prefer the Japanese version as well.

    I'm no weeaboo but if I ever get a girlfriend (doubtful) and we have sex (even more doubtful) I'm going to have her dress like a schoolgirl, and screech and squeal in a high pitched voice throughout the act.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The devs who chose this song knew as much English as people who watch dubs know Japanese. This better be the last Final Fantasy theme song that has "shower" in the lyrics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is what bothered me the most. Getting in the shower and putting on makeup? Wut? If the song is left unmodified, that is going to kill any emotional scene.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I overlapped the leona lewis song with the trailer that plays the japanese theme and it is HORRIBLE

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny to see all the weaboo fags boycotting the game because they dislike the international music. You know because the story or game play means nothing if the music is not to the liking of you sad little fucks. Grow the fuck up.

    Comment by announ
    06:24 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe that the music, and all direction aspects for that matter, are very relevant to the feel of an audiovisual work.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    07:20 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry to break it to you but the audio and visuals are what always sold games. You couldn't tell the story and gameplay until it was already in your hands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Leona Lolis lol
    Whats next?TImbaland,Justin Timberfuck or Sickney Spears for Versus 13?
    I'm excited - From that day there are only 1-2 years left till the REAL International Version gets in Japan released.And yeah,i think there will be one,like always.Japan and this time for PS3 Only =)

    Dont know if i will play an US/PAL Version
    This Leona Crap fucks me up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    listen up dickhead

    If you want to play FF13 in all its original japanese glory, learn japanese and import, then stfu

    Why bitch about Leona, she can sing, she is talented.

    You're so quick to forget the jap girl doing the jap song has fuck all talent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you are dickhead because japanese heater like you will never get dual voice in ff

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol Wut?

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    00:50 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    damn lewis sucks

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't like either and somehow not excited about this game at all now. Is that acceptable?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why does it always take so long to get new FF games out? It's not as though the games are pushing any of the systems. The graphics look dated, the character models are garish (uncanny valley), and the CG character animations are wooden and inhuman. By the time this game drops internationally, there will be dozens of games that looks better in every respect. Hell, there are games released in the last several years that already look better. I'm looking at you Fallout 3, Bioshock, Borderland, Dragon Age Origins, Call of Duty 1 + 2, etc, etc, etc...

    You can't tell me that this long wait time is due to a new battle system because every FF game just rehashes the same old battle systems from their previous games. Nippon Ichi has already pumped out a dozen new games in the time it took them to announce this game til now. Ridiculous!!!

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    00:13 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you even know the technical aspects behind making a game?
    No? Then stop complaining. Besides they are coming out with XIII and versus XIII. Not to mention working on XIV

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    07:31 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not just a new battle system but the new Crystal Tools. The FF stories are more in depth than the games you mention, the scripts for modern FF games is equivalent to a 10 hour movie. Since the script dictates what areas, characters and equipment are like they can't even start making any of the visual work. Normal MMORPGs take 3+ years to make, making one offline does not really cut out that much work.

    This is not the "same game" with new guns and prettier backgrounds so take all the FPS off your list since they just make guns, areas and slap a new label on it. Many RPGs still have no story and just have you killing shit for hours for no apparent reason other than you want to go that direction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i must honestly admit that both songs are good - but i like neither of them. the japanese one because it hasn't got enough pop and the english one because i, well, hate r&b.

    my taste in music is incredibly bad, some would say: if it's not at least 120bpm, it sucks. i sometimes play with synths, and i always check out the sound at 800bpm or more. it gives me a headache and nausea, but it feels so damn good.
    a pity i can't play the guitar THAT fast. iron-chino is THA MAN!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...Ronaldo...shine a lot in Corinthians

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    God, stupid 360 port delaying the PS3 port even though the 360 porting started at nearly the same time as the code for the PS3 version was handed off to SEUS and is being worked on independently of the PS3 native version, thus having no bearing on the release date of a game which had no release date announced.

    Wait, huh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What pisses me off more than anything is that people are wanting "JAPANESE MUSIC...with subs teehee"

    I hate it when people don't know the language, or the culture for that matter outside of video games and ANIME, yet INSIST they know what's better for the rest of the world's viewing and playing pleasure.

    "I don't think the english version fits lolololkawaiidesuthatsjustmene"
    Stop pretending you give two shits about "THIS" version of the song versus the fact its fucking JAPANESE.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both songs sound okay even though I'm not a huge R&B fan, but I do think they should have kept "Kimi Ga Iru Kara" because it kind of gives you the emotional feel to the game. "My Hands" could have been better if the lyrics could relate to "Kimi Ga Iru Kara" in some way, other than that it feels really out of place. The only artists that I can think of that has a perfect english voice is either Utada Hikaru (powerful vocals) or KOKIA (soft vocal).

    Square-Enix should have just given a choice to have english dub or japanese dub with english subtitles. Why can't SE listen to our demands?? -__-

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    NO FUCKING WAY!?! Are you serious? You think that only Japanese people have a perfect English voice?
    I think you meant engrish voice.

    Anyway, both are somewhat generic, though My Hands gives me more emotion, though I can see why the wapa-err, "true" FF fans would be whining(bitching) over this problem.

    Honestly, it is ONLY AN OPENING THEME SONG. How does a theme song you will hear maybe at most 4 times change how you feel about a game.

    Also, how many times has SE actually used the Japanese theme song with an NA release. And this means the song in JAPANESE. Not an English version done by the artist of the japanese version.

    That said, it would have probably caused less backlash if they used the same singer for JP/Int versions, but people still probably would've whined.

    Also, when a game company listens to every complaint by every single person, they've just failed.

    Finally, how many here crying for the japanese song are fluent in japanese. I passed JLPT level 2(which is ~middle school or so :< ) and I still enjoy the english version better.

    Sigh. tl;dr Get some cheese for your whine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never said Japanese have a perfect english voice. I just think they could have picked a better opening. What I meant that "My Hands" lyrics are out of place and should be written specifically for this game.

    The opening song sets up the "atmosphere" of the game, IMO. The schools I went never offered japanese classes so I never got the opportunity like everyone else.

    And for one I am not whining about it that much, it's a matter of expressing my opinion.

    I think you need to stick your hothead in cold water.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sadly about only JLPT level 4 but I don't prefer Kimi Ga Iru Kara because it's japanese, I prefer it because it's the original song, I like it better, hate Leona Lewis, and hate R&B. I don't understand how everyone says that Kimi Ga Iru Kara is generic, where as they say nothing of how generic My Hands is (Generic R&B ballads are done by how many people? Mariah Carey, Beyonce, etc.). I want games to be kept as original as possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny,I've heard a large amount of "hate" for Leona's song,but very little praise for the Japanese song...Cry more weaboos :)

    In truth,I don't for ballads much in general(English,Japanese,or any language at that) but I think each fits well for its intended audience. Also,I'm loving the "It doesn't even fit the game!" lines,when you have yet to play it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:49 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both songs sucked shit balls, the japanese song sucked more, like Anon said before It's so fucking generic and plain, then some random "best friend" line out of nowhere WHAT THE FUCK?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF XIII will probably be OVERBOARD, CHEESY, and sport massive amount of SUCK and FAIL.

    From the trailers/demo it looks like a remake of FF VII/VIII/IX/X clumped together with the CAMPIEST anime scenes ever. And the villain looks like she was Vayne's(XII) sister.

    You mean... I have to buy an XBOX 360/PS3 for THIS!? W..T..F..!?

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    Comment by man1
    19:19 19/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow. They're really pulling all the stops in this one.

    Though many prefer FFXIII's English theme song to be sung by a "domestic" artiste since Square Enix is a "domestic" company, who's there to say that there're no foreign efforts in the making of FFXIII. I'm sure "domestic" FFXIII makers do rely on some forms of foreign assistance here and there. Although I can't shake off the thought of engaging the vocals of Leona Lewis was much market-oriented, we'll see how the end quality of the game goes.

    I'm all for game theme songs related to the story. Since it's virtually impossible for someone outside Square Enix to know the entire story of FFXIII in detail before the release date, it's wise to not make premature judgement. For that, I paid extra attention to the lyrics of both "Kimi ga Iru Kara" and "My Hands". Well, they both have potential. At least they don't have pop-ish cheesy connotations and such.

    Hence, you simply can't satisfy everyone.

    WHAT?!! 3RD SEPTEMBER 2010?!! WHAT THE F... Oh wait...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    We are starting with this campaign because Leona Lewis's "My Hands" has nothing to do with FINAL FANTASY.

    Sayuri Sugawara's "Kimi ga iru kara" it's tied with the FFXIII story and it's composed by Masashi Hamauzu (same composer of the BSO of FFXIII).

    "Kimi ga iru kara" it's a great song both in lyrics and music in the tradition of FF theme songs.

    Noth Americans & Europeans deserves same treatment like Japaneses, we want Japanese audio track too and "Kimi ga iru kara" like the only FFXIII theme song WORLDWIDE.

    Please SUPPORT "Kimi ga iru kara".


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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't use a "new" song for the "international" version of FF VS please...

    BTW both songs suck... I prefer the orchestral oldies of FF

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Versus will have Linkin Park theme song.

    Comment by announ
    07:06 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can understand why some people may prefer the voices to be dubbed (and I'm OK with that as long as the original is provided too), but why change a song?
    It doesn't make sense to me at all...
    They are proving that the meaning of the song is not important, yet they don't just keep the original... I can't see the logic behind that.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    07:32 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably the same reason they changed the cover on Spice and Wolf, they THINK that is what we want. Which is wrong.

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    Comment by Esau
    07:47 15/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe it's because they believe that it will be more integrated for western audiences; the problem with this is that a large amount of the western audiences DESIRE it to stay Japanese. Myself, I have always preferred an English dub over the Japanese one, but as to music, I'm less torn. I'd like it to stay original to get the same score that everyone else does.

    I'm not completely against the song, so long as it does its job well, and I could care less about lyrics. But it looks to me like the second is worse than the first, if not looked at by their chorus.

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