Rejoice, all ye that thirst for the Japanese RPG goodness that is Final Fantasy XIII, as Motomu Toriyama, director for the game, has just announced that the overseas version of the game is now complete along with a an apology for the little delay the NA and EU regions have experienced. This explains the recently released English trailer that was released only a few hours ago. Additionally, Toriyama brings up some of the improvements that the game has undergone over the past few months.
Here’s what Mr. Toriyama had to say, in full:
FINAL FANTASY XIII overseas version is finally completed.
I am sorry for the long wait.
At present, members of the development team in Japan are on a New Year holiday while awaiting an approval for the master disc.
The overseas version was developed simultaneously with the Japanese one as we wanted to ensure that it comes out as soon after the Japanese release date as possible.
In the completed FINAL FANTASY XIII, the features which were popular amongst gamers at our survey last summer have been enhanced even further.
One of those features is characters’ facial animations, which work as the core of any human drama. Their movements are completely synchronised with the English lines and, due to this, each scene in the game is truly spectacular. Another feature to be mentioned is FFXIII’s new strategic battle system, Paradigm Shift.
Just like the Japanese version, this system adds elements of real-time actions to the battle, which has been made almost over-the-top, so that the more you use the shift, the more exhilarating the combat becomes. The release date is now approaching.
Don’t get distracted. You will see the truth when you hold it in your hands.
Please be patient a little longer for the “day of a battle against the fate”!
FINAL FANTASY XIII
It’s most excellent that the Japanese team decided to put forth that extra bit of effort to please it’s North American and European audience, as it appears that extra polishing time was well worth the wait. Well, there you have it! Looks like Final Fantasy XIII is fully locked and loaded for it’s scheduled March 9th release.