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Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Release Date Confirmed & Theme Song Revealed

Written by: guuzen on 11 September 2009 at 1:07 pm 7 Comments

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Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Release Date

There was a rumor going around that the release date for Final Fantasy XIII has been announced thanks to a leaked advertisement on YouTube Japan. Now, it is official. Final Fantasy XIII will be released in Japan on December 17, 2009 pricing at around 8,800 yen. This is all good news for the Japanese, but for those of you who are waiting for the English version, you will have to wait longer. There is no exact date, but it is slated for a Spring 2010 release.

Why is this game taking so long to develop? Well this is what Square Enix producers Yoshi Kitase and Motomu Toriyama says:

“For FFXIII there are a lot of firsts, and because it’s a new console that the teams are working on, it took a little time for the team to get used to everything,” said Kitase and Toriyama through a translator. “Now that they have the engine built for it the basics are covered, so the development time for future projects should be shortened.”

-via 1UP

To look on the bright side, the wait will be shorter for future Final Fantasy games. But for now, we have no choice but to continue waiting for this one to be released.

Sayuri Sugawara

Square Enix hosted an event in Tokyo that revealed the theme song for Final Fantasy XIII. It is called “Kimi ga Iru Kara” sung by Sayuri Sugawara. She just started her singing career last year, followed by her graduation in March. Here is a clip of her singing at the event. Video courtesy of IGN.

Apart from “Kimi ga Iru Kara”, There is another song which will be in the game called “Eternal Love”. It is also sang by her. It has been confirmed that the “Kimi ga Iru Kara” will be on sale on December 2, 2009.

Source(s): Final Fantasy XIII Official Japanese Website, 1UP, Tokyograph

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  • Optic said:

    I don’t really like the song yet but I guess it will hit me when I start playing the game.
    Hmmm… I wonder if there will be an dub version?


  • Rin said:

    I can’t wait for FF13. I hear the English version will be released a year later which sucks a lot!!!


  • M said:

    mehhh. don’t like the song at all. Haha.


  • guuzen (author) said:

    yea I have to agree.. the song just doesnt seem to leave any impact on me. gotta wait for the full song to be released, then maybe i will enjoy it as a whole =S.


  • atmchino said:

    the audio is boxy. i think the words dont have the same feel as i get from other ff songs. but i can feel it might bode well with better audio and with a story backing on it. like the over the sky ending of exile. it’ wasn’t the most vibrant song but it fit the ending perfectly with emotion.

    of course, it just might not be one of the top ff voiced songs.


  • zenical said:

    Can’t wait for this game, one of the reasons why I bought my PS3: Nana, Rockband, and Final Fantasy XD.


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