As we all know, one of the major jaw-droppers in E3 2008 was Square-Enix's unveiling of Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360, which was a former exclusive for the PS3. Square-Enix head honcho Yoichi Wada sat down with GamesIndustry to discuss further about their surprising announcement, his company's role with Microsoft and other media.
"We're not partnering exclusively with any company," said Wada when asked about Microsoft's importance to the company. Wada said that he "wants to make sure that we're neutral about dealing with companie," and how the FFXIII announcement was to simply offer their products to as much gamers as possible. Although no release date has been confirmed for the latest Final Fantasy entry, it should be one of the main reasons for Square-Enix to spread their RPG mastery to the masses.
Check out some Q&As (via GamesIndustry) after the cut.
How does it feel to have the Final Fantasy XIII news out there now, and be able to talk about it?
Yoichi Wada: We always wanted a lot of users to enjoy the game, so we wanted to put it on the Xbox 360, and we're happy that we could finally make the official announcement. But more than that, we've had a very positive response from the audience, so we're very happy about that too.
How important is the relationship with Microsoft - FFXIII and the other RPGs, such as Infinite Undiscovery could be pivotal for it in the region?
Yoichi Wada: We're now in the age of the multi-platform, but depending on age and territory, users have different tastes. Therefore it's very difficult to just deal with one company or one hardware platform - in order to offer our product to the vast majority of gamers we need to deal with multiple companies and platforms.
In North America Microsoft is doing very well with its hardware, and for that reason it's a very important partner for us.
How important is Square Enix to Microsoft?
Yoichi Wada: In Japan we know that the Xbox 360 isn't really that strong yet, but for me I feel very calm about dealing with any company, and we're not partnering exclusively with any particular company.
You might think that we'll release FFXIII for Xbox 360 in Japan, but that's not what I mean. We always consider the territory and hardware for titles, and I just want to make sure that we're neutral about dealing with companies.
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