Final Fantasy XIII “Developed for PS2”


An interview with Square Enix reveals that Final Fantasy XIII was actually initially developed as a PS2 game.

Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase reveals in an interview with a Dutch gaming rag that the game was initially destined for the PS2:

This is the first Final Fantasy on the PS3. In what way was the development different then with the previous installments?

This time we needed to work extra hard. Final Fantasy XIII was originally meant to be a PS2 title, but we had to switch systems due to the arrival of the PS3.

That cost us about one and a half years and was constantly a case of trial and error.

However, because we worked so hard at the beginning, we got to a cruising speed much faster than anticipated and therefore could start on the translation and international voice recording process at an early stage of the development.

It’s because of this that we can release both the European as well as the American version barely three months after the Japanese release.

He also claims “we did prepare DLC,” which apparently contradicts the developer interviews published in Square Enix’s own mook.

With the game supposedly in development even prior to Square Enix’s knowledge of the PS3’s release, it seems to have constituted a massive and lengthy undertaking for the company, making revelations that the game dropped its non-linear design elements due to the trouble of designing towns for modern consoles even more bizarre.

Fans could be forgiven for suspecting there is something about the game’s development process that Square has been careful not to let on.

    Post Comment »
    Sort by: Date | Score
    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is this news I remember when they announced that it was being moved to the PS3 about a year before the PS3 dropped

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    can we just go one week without talking about how horrible this game is? I am pretty sure there is something Bizarre going on in the world that I don't know about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The game is awesome, people hate on it because the World is full of haters/trolls and pricks in general.

    The sales are all that matter, not the opinion of some hateful prick who hasn't even played the game, learn to ignore the trolls and move on, they're not worth it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:41 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sounds like an excuse for fucking this up

    Avatar of Barbarian of Gor
    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    06:07 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another reason for my "Buy no game system under a year old" rule: Technological Maturity

    When a game comes out for a brand new system, it's often in essence simpler than earlier works for the older system. Even with the best of the best programmers, it takes some time to get them able to properly use and then innovate the programs, and time is of the essence.

    The best example of this are the Mario games between the NES and SNES.

    Consider Super Mario 3, then Super Mario World for the SNES. The latter had much better graphics and effects, like the 'look ahead' function, but overall was more limited than Super Mario 3 despite the system having far more capability. Later, they actually re-released a compilation that had the first 3 mario games with better graphics.

    Towards the end of the SNES's official 'life' they brought out "Yoshi's Island". This was one of the all time best games, and it truly used the SNES's capabilities to the max and was huge in scope and playability.

    Not that I'm against getting any "Brand New" games. But if you've already been scalped waiting in line to buy from a scalper, then plonk $60+ per new game, you really get ripped off, esp when the new games are suck. Wait a while, and buy the stuff used, the newest games are the cheapest and well worth the money, then if the system is still alive it might well be worth buying some of the 'new' last games for it, for the programmers have had time to work out stuff that truly shows off what they can do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry but you're a bit late. We already knew this a long time ago so this is not new.

    Avatar of Myballz
    Comment by Myballz
    11:31 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could of release it as a Ps2 game at the time and they choose to release it as on PS3.

    Avatar of Abel Liegod
    Comment by Abel Liegod
    14:16 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont care about Final Fantasy XIII anymore, it's already came out!
    Tell me about Versus now, SquareEnix..

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You cant make towns in HD consoles, hmmmm, i am right now playing the tibetan TOWN part of uncharted 2 and it looks and feels amazing its like a RPG TOWN, very towny whit lots of townsfolk, townanimals and so fort..., and what was that thing we just played in GTA4 i could sworn it was a FULL BLOWN CITY, but that is not posible right if a mere town is not possible how could someone EVER make a full city?, this is bullcrap, i just finished the game and it fells like they where holding out on us, this does not feel like 5 years development i belive they had this ready like 3 years ago and they where stringing us to make time for the poor XBOXport and worldwide launch, and to push all those other crap they been releasing lately down our throats.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 11/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is a bad excuse to say they are not able to build towns and cities. Assassin's Creed, a game solely based on towns and cities, was originally intended for Xbox but was later brought over to 360.

    Maybe they should have spent their time working on buildings than on transformer summons.

    Avatar of ILoveSky
    Comment by ILoveSky
    15:32 16/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should port it to PS2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    for all of you that where disappointed with ffXIII let me tell you that the xbox 360 has the spirtual successor too FF which is lost odyssey which was made by the creator of the ff series who left square enix and started mistwalker even the ff composer came with him they made two xbox360 exclusive turn based jrgs which are the fore mentioned lost odyssey and blue dragon both feature towns and level grinding and massive boss battles side quest air ships lost odyssey feature a pilot pirate character named sid and blue dragon is a job system like ffV and lost odyssey is the best turn based jrpg since ffVI so if your like me and you enjoy games like ff1-9 and games like crono trigger go out and get a 360 and these 2 games so this company and continue to support this dying genre we all love turn based jrpgs thank you for your time and long live mistwalker

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sounds cool to me

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...i thought they already revealed that before. that it was for the PS2 a WHILE ago. huh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 05/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something more interesting can be found on the last page of that article...let me translate it (Dutch -> English):
    "Is that also the reason there's no Japanese language option with English subtitles? That's something the fans really want...
    KITASE: That has to do with the storage capacity. The Blu-ray disc is already stuffed because of the countless CGI movies, a version with both Japanese and English voices was impossible."
    Complete bullshit detected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny how people are dissing FFXIII when they haven't played it yet.

    I figured as much, that it was originally supposed to be on the PS2, which is why it was delayed greatly. Depending how much i like the game without reading crappy reviews saying the same thing over and over again (aka it's too linear, 2/10 and all taht junk), it might just be worth the wait. I own the Soundtrack and it amazes me and even my FF buddies. FFX was linear and i liked it. (except the fact that Tidus sounds gay and the lightning dodging)FF13 looks like a great game to me.

    If it wasn't for those 360 fanboiz, FF13 wouldn't have been "too linear".

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah damn those 360 fanboys ......dude your a dumb ass the 360 has lost odyssey and blue dragon both of which completely blow XIII away and yes they are turn based jrpgs that are both made by the original creator of the ff series who left square enix and started mistwalker and lost odyssey is really what would have been the next gen ff and blue dragon is just as awesome think of a job based turn based rpg like ff5 if you want the jrpgs that you fell in love with like the old school ff games than go out and buy a 360 and lost odyssey and blue dragon i promise they will not disappoint you long live mistwalker

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIII & XIV were planning for PS2, but Matsuno has been way too long for developping FFXII

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would have been better if it came on the PS2. IMHO

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You all need to learn to look things up better. If you actually see the original screenshots of the work in progress for the PS2 version you will see its completely different. Being for PS2 first had no effect on the game except for extending its production cycle because of having to basically start over.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    New and exciting

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I read somewhere years ago that it was first a ps2 game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same. I wonder where everyone's memory went at the time.

    Avatar of Riiku
    Comment by Riiku
    23:46 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should just develop it for PS2. Why the hi-end tech race? Oh, sure, who cares if the gameplay is decent if it's not on a shiny new PlayStation with coolz graphix and awwsum chicks with smooth boobs.

    The standarts of school kids this days kills so much good games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's time to rename sankakucomplex to FFXIIIcomplex

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    seriously hanging out for versus after all this... don't screw this up SE...

    Avatar of Taiga-sama
    Comment by Taiga-sama
    22:13 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope FF Versus XIII wasn't actually made for PS2 too ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originally made for IMAX

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originally made for VAX

    Avatar of TheBeast
    Comment by TheBeast
    06:59 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    originally made for TAX

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originalll mad for CAX

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 06/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originally made for .txt

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:29 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it is ".txt"; as it is a Shakespeare story

    Avatar of Taiga-sama
    Comment by Taiga-sama
    21:11 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what the FAX ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originally made for SEX

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originally made for SAX

    Avatar of Shi nai weaboo
    Comment by Shi nai weaboo
    21:59 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's Not to late!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, not too late for you to suck Cid Raines' dick, so go do it...NAO!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and Snow's as well as Yaag Rosch's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's too late.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    21:59 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fix the mess with FF Versus XIII Enix, that's the only way to make up.

    Avatar of DFC
    Comment by DFC
    21:52 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was to be expected, the game was unveiled in 06 if I am not wrong.
    Also slow repost is slow. Must be a slow day at SC eh?

    Avatar of CoreFlood
    Comment by CoreFlood
    22:55 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    now i'm curious, what would happen if they re-released the game for the PS2 as originally intended. graphics probably wouldn't be something to drool over but would the gameplay make up for it i wonder :P

    Avatar of Endeavor
    Comment by Endeavor
    08:56 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "we did prepare DLC"


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no they meant the

    Dick Lady Character

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Delicious Loli Cake...
    How the hell did you get chest?

    Avatar of makkun
    Comment by makkun
    01:14 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No wonder it's messed up. Seems like SE got shocked of PS3 release in the middle of FFXIII development and they got confused by their own project and rushed to redevelop it.

    Still, their knowledge of the system at the time must be blamed for their failure of FFXIII. Let's just hope it won't happen again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rushed?? It was 06 when i first saw the trailer, and were are in 2010 still waiting for it. It was not time thats fucked up the game, but I'll still going to play the game, FFX was pretty linear and I still loved it anyway

    Avatar of TheBeast
    Comment by TheBeast
    06:57 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree with this dude. you DID get an overworld mm..pffft.. map bwahaha, okay, it's not so much of a map as it was a picture of land with a bunch of dots on it, but you could at least choose your straight line. can you do that in ff13 or is it all straight lines with no choice in the matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFX was extremely linear so what you arguing with him about. Practically walk in a straight line and collect your summons for the first half of the game then you go back and fight them.

    Go look up what linear means and you will see a picture of FFX right next to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 05/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing is, why being linear such a big deal this time around? I still didnt play the game so I can only speculate, but I think it's the lack of towns. Towns are places to relax, buy upgrades itens, speak with some people, do some quest, take the towns away and what do you get? battles after battles after battles. But i guess I have to wait and see for myself

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your comparison of FFXIII with FFX is misconstrued and deserves a dick slap.

    Post Comment »


Recent News

Recent Galleries

Recent Comments