Square Enix's last-ditch effort to squeeze more money
After assuring die-hard PS3 fanboys that Final Fantasy XIII would at least remain a PS3 exclusive in Japan, Square Enix has apparently pulled a 180 and will now cave into demand for an Xbox 360 port of the epic RPG overseas.
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The latest issue of Japanese magazine Dengeki seems to suggest that the game will in fact be going multi-platform in Japan later this year. Most PS3 fanboys have already relinquished to the fact that the game had to be pushed back in the US in order to make room for the Xbox 360 version to come out as well. But this is the last nail in the coffin.
However, this may speak more to the low sales numbers of Final Fantasy XIII than a huge push for the game to be released on Microsoft's console in Japan. The Xbox 360 continues to sell miserably in the region, which is why Square Enix never really had any plans to release Final Fantasy XIII there anyway.
The game has sold less than expectations, though, so now the publisher needs to explore every avenue to make the game as profitable as possible. In the US, although the game was simultaneously released on both platforms, it sold far better on the PS3 than the 360. That actually didn't bode well for Square Enix, because given the proportion of the install base, it should have done much better on the latter system.
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