But at least it’s a faster ‘last’ than in previous instances.
People in Europe wanted to know when they could expect to get their hands on Final Fantasy XIII. They should have known going in that it wasn’t going to be a great answer. I mean, this is Square Enix we’re talking about here. That being said, it’s a better bad answer than it was with other Final Fantasy games.
Producer Yoshinori Kitase tries to sound positive for a release that is “sooner than a year later than the Japanese release,” but his following statements to VideoGamer don’t make Europe sound like a priority. The good news is that some localization tasks are happening simultaneously for US and EU versions, cutting down on some of that time that European gamers have to wait. Kitase said that he “would like to make the gap as short as possible.”
…we have already started recording English voices, and also the text localization has been in progress, too. Normally we complete the Japanese version first, then move on to the US and EU versions, but this time there are some tasks that are happening simultaneously. So this time we’re hoping to release sooner than a year later than the Japanese release.”
So, while they’re putting a hurry on it, it’s probably still going to be at least late 2010 before European gamers get their hands on it. There’s still importing, at least.