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Where In The World Is: Final Fantasy Type-0?

January 23, 2013

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On October 27th 2011, Square Enix released Final Fantasy Type-0 for the Playstation Portable after an inflated period of development. The game was originally dubbed ‘Final Fantasy Agito XIII’ and was slated to be released on mobile phones, but in 2008 it was announced that the game would instead be appearing on Sony’s popular handheld device. Type-0 endured the weight of high expectations in the build up to release, but director Hajime Tabata and his team duly delivered an entry that was highly regarded by critics and fans alike – a welcome addition to the Final Fantasy family.

But over a year later western audiences are beginning to turn blue in the face as they hold their breath for confirmation of an overseas release. Announcements for previous PSP entries such as Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions or Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core came a few short months after the Japanese street date; so as we approach the fifteen month mark a translated release of Type-0 is reeking worryingly of vapourware. So what exactly has happened? Details from the Shibuya based company are, as always, scarce and tightly controlled – but when we examine the details that slip through the cracks, we can start to get an idea of the bigger picture.

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Posted By: kagura
Date: February 25, 2013

Honestly, not a FF fan and haven't played any SE games other than the Kingdom Hearts series.

Have only recently heard about this game and it has caught my attention.
While I understand Japanese, I refuse to buy a PSP just to play it because I can't stand handhelds.

Would buy a remastered PS3/4 version though.
Posted By: CoveFox
Date: January 28, 2013

I wish this article had social sharing options -- this is excellently-written and well researched. Major credit to the author and publication!
Posted By: Fox
Date: January 27, 2013

@FG: Thanks for your thoughts! I'd like to respond to a your points if I may.

Point number 1 - You're right that the presence of Type-0 will shift a few units. But it it's kind of a niche title; you and I might pick up a Vita to play it as we're following the game, but Johnny Everyman browsing games on the shelf probably isn't likely to look at the box and say "Yes, I'm totally willing to spend $200 on a Vita to play this."

Point number 2 - You'll sell a high percentage of copies for the install base, sure. So on the PSP you may only get 5% of PSP owners buying your game, whereas on the Vita you might get 20%. But when the number of sold Vitas are that low to start with, having a high percentage still doesn't equal a high number of sales.

"I mean, can they blame us for not buying the console when they are making no announcements for titles like Final Fantasy on it?" - Sony care about this. SE don't. SE aren't interested in the Vita doing well, they only care about maximising profit from Type-0, which won't happen if they release it on a failing console. They don't want to help establish the Vita, they just want an easy ride with an already established device. This is why the 3DS will get localised versions of pretty much everything, because the install base for that is relatively large.

As for your final note - you're right to an extent but again it's a niche thing. You and I would be happy to play it subbed, but I'd bet there's a fair number of people who wouldn't.
Posted By: FG
Date: January 26, 2013

As a final note, whether the voice dubbing has been completed or not is a non-issue, since, lets face it, even if they left it as Japanese only and just had English subtitles, it would still sell like crazy. So while I hope they do have a full English voiced version, I really don't think it matters as far as sales go. A western audience would still be just as receptive to it.
Posted By: FG
Date: January 26, 2013

Really disappointed with Square-Enix's decision to withhold the title from western audiences. I mean, I don't buy the whole 'small install base' on the Vita as being a problem... I mean, I purchased my original PSP to get Crisis Core. If the game is in enough demand, people will buy the Vita to play it. Point number two, if you release a title during the period where not-so-many games are available, it really doesn't matter how small the install base is, you'll still sell a lot of copies (hence the reason Ubisoft always spams every new console with 3 to 6 games, because the will sell well anyway).

So let's say that the low install base was indeed a problem... how are they helping the situation by holding back such a big title. I mean, can they blame us for not buying the console when they are making no announcements for titles like Final Fantasy on it?
Posted By: FinFan
Date: January 25, 2013

Every western fan of Final Fantasy NEEDS and is waiting for Type-0 translated in English. We cannot undertand why Square doesn't commit for this port, they would make a lot of money and would make a lot of people happy and faithful. WE REALLY HOPE SQUARE ENIX WILL DELIVER TYPE-0 TO THE WEST. Look out to Operation Suzaku https://www.facebook.com/OperationSuzaku?fref=ts
Posted By: Steven
Date: January 24, 2013

I think the smartest move is to make an international version HD on either ps3 (as part of the PSP Remaster Series) or preparing it for the launch of the next-gen console.
Posted By: djvid
Date: January 24, 2013

I finished the jap ver twice but still wanted to play it on eng ver its even better than ffxiii!
Posted By: AnimaMagna
Date: January 24, 2013

I keep hoping also. Maybe it will even get a release on PS4. That could also be a viable option.
Posted By: Fs
Date: January 24, 2013

Keep Hoping !!
Posted By: Pablo
Date: January 24, 2013

excellent text!
That may explain a lot!
Posted By: Un
Date: January 23, 2013

A very well written article. Looking forward to a western release.
Posted By: Iji
Date: January 23, 2013

Wonderful article!!!
Let's hope you are right.
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