Even before Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan in December 2009, game director Motomu Toriyama stated that gamers should “hang on to their saves from the end of the game” for a surprise further down the line. This week, Toriyama has confirmed to Famitsu that while the dev team had planned extensive DLC support following the launch of the game in Western territories, all plans for post-release downloadable content were scrapped in the following months.
Furthermore, Square Enix has confirmed the impending Japanese release of a Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII. Until now, this game was only available for the Playstation 3. The game will release on December 16th and is known as the Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits Edition and includes the English voice overs and Leona Lewis’ “My Hands” as the main theme. In addition, the game will include an easy mode and several new scenes, which Toriyama stated were cut from the original because they interfered with the pacing of the game. A short novel will also be included, which details some of the events taking place after the conclusion of the game. Whether these events are those that were originally intended to be released as DLC is unclear.
Square Enix did not state if this edition will be released outside Japan, or if it will also be made available on the Playstation 3 in due time.