This year’s Tokyo Game Show’s biggest highlight, at least for me, was the Final Fantasy XIII trailer. For those of you who want a taste of the first FF game on next-gen consoles should really take a look. This one is obviously the Japanese version, but with subs.
It seems like the PS3 has hit it’s bottom floor, and is quickly on it’s way back up again. The company has already boosted profits an amazing 999% up in the UK!
So it’s really like a few people bought the PS3. And then, after the price cut, EVERYBODY bought a PS3!
More importantly, however, the release date and price for Final Fantasy XIII has been set. The game will be out in stores on December 17th, 2009. BE WARNED though, the final price will be a whopping $97. There will also be a hardware bundle accompanying the game, yet no details have been released on that yet.
EVEN BETTER for PS3 owners today, Sony demoed a “High Res Image Enlargement Engine” that basically gives PSP and PS3 infinite zoom.
-Quite a few new Assassin’s Creed 2 screenshots have emerged. While they’re certainly beautiful, they also give new perspectives into fresh gameplay. Here’s one demonstrating new weapons:
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-A lot of people became worried when Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XIII would be released on the 360 alongside the PS3 (not to mention the angry PS fans). The problem is that FF XIII is such a high caliber game that it requires a blu-ray disc to fit it all of the game onto 1 disc. Square Enix’s Yoshinori Kitase commented on this saying: “This isn’t the final count yet, but we’re aiming for about three discs.” The team also says they’re trying to compress it as much as they can, while still retaining the quality of the game.
-BIOSHOCK 2 is on the way, but it’s taking some time to complete the game. Expect to see it within the first quarter of 2010, or shown off at the PAX East show next year (in Boston).
-A while back we gave notice to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized for the Nintendo DS. Here’s the official trailer :
Final Fantasy XIII demo came out in Japan with the Advent Children Blu-ray (Click Here for more on FXIII demo in Japan). It was suppoed to come out in June in US, but it looks the Advent Children Complete Blu-ray movie will be coming alone without the demo. Why? It is because Square Enix does not want Xbox 360 games to be left out since it would technically be an exclusive PS3 demo due to the Blu-ray content. Perhaps we will see FFXIII demo on XBL or PSN in US soon.
PS3 does it again in Japan for two consecturive months, and this time it is by a huge margin mostly because of FFXIII demo that came out (click the link for more on FXIII demo driving PS3 sales). PS3 sales in April came out to be 108,530 compared to 67,116 sales for the Nintendo Wii, while Xbox 360 is left in the dust with 27,381 units sold. About 60% of the PS3 sales mostly came towards the end of April. I wonder why?
HINT: FFXIII demo was released towards the end of April.
Incase you don’t know, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (movie) came out for Blu-ray in Japan last week and it features Final Fantasy XIII demo. Don’t worry. US will be getting this deal as well in June.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete sold over a 100,000 copies on the first day, which is the record for the most Blu-ray sales in a day. Of course, FFXIII demo had a huge contribution.
A week before the Advent Children Complete release, PS3 only had sold only 16,701 units. During the week Advent Children was released, which was last week, PS3 sales moved up all the way to 62,527! The Blu-ray and a demo release almost quadrupled the sales. PS3 was a clear winner in sales in Japan last week. Take a look at the sales chart below.
PS3 – 62,527
PSP – 40,065
DSi – 38,287
Wii – 13,221
Xbox 360 – 8,652
DS Lite – 6,438
PS2 – 4,230
Thanks to EDGE for the sales chart
Final Fantasy VII classic PS version is now available on Japan’s PSN for 1500 yen. Remember when Killzone 2 demo was released earlier in Europe’s PSN. A lot of people accessed it by simply making a European PSN account, and got the demo for free. FFVII is not a demo! So you can’t cheat, and make a Japanese PSN account to download this unless you can come up with a way to get some yen in your pocket. If only Sony could make the US PSN as good as Japan’s so I could get my hands on the PS classic on my PSP.
On the other hand FFXIII demo will be out in Japan with the Final fantasy Advent Children Complete deal. 1Up has more details on the FFXIII demo.