It seems that the decision to bring Final Fantasy XIII for both the Xbox 360 console from Microsoft and for the PlayStation 3 from Sony might have some consequences that will lead veteran fans of the series to move to the PS3 version
. One of them is that the Japanese voices, usually included with the Western release of the game, will probably not fit on the DVD for the Xbox 360 version.
The revelation was expressed by Yoshinori Kitase, who is a producer on the series, while talking to IGN. He said that “Obviously, when we talk about XIII it's for PS3 and Xbox - with PS3 being on Blu-ray there would be enough memory, but on Xbox probably not. At the moment we're thinking of releasing the voice in English only. Are there many people who would like to play with Japanese voices?”
Considering the big difference in capacity between a Blu-ray
and a normal DVD, there might be other stuff that Square Enix might be forced to cut from the Xbox 360 release. Of course, there's the possibility that Microsoft will ask for the content that arrives on the DVD to be exactly replicated on the Blu-ray version, but the Japanese publisher will likely not be compelled to do that.
Initially, Final Fantasy XIII
was set to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive, but at the E3 trade show last year, Microsoft unveiled the fact that the game would also arrive on the Xbox 360 when launching in 2010. Japanese gamers will be able to play it on the Sony gaming console in the winter of 2008.
From what we have seen until now and from the demo that was part of the Advent Children Blu-ray release, Final Fantasy XIII is set to be another hit for Square Enix.