Uh-oh, this doesn't sound like good news at all. Square Enix was asked at a Japanese press meeting about the release of Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Xbox 360) (and Dragon Quest IX), specifically if it will be out within this fiscal year. The reply: "I'll try!"
The source article from Final Fantasy Union did not indicate who exactly uttered those words, but regardless, the statement - in full or in part - is not in the least bit reassuring. The exact words of the Square Enix rep who answered the question on the release date was this: "God knows... Is the truth (laughs). I'll try!"
The Final Fantasy XIII demo which came out with Advent Children Complete tagged a Winter 2009 release date. But based on the statement above, prepare yourselves for a 2010 release -- which could mean a much later launch for the Western world. Keep your fingers tightly crossed that this ain't so.
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