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Final Fantasy XIII and Halo 3 at E3 This Year? 53

Posted by Zonk
from the also-resident-evil-7-and-street-fighter-11 dept.
There are hints floating around already at some of the titles that will be unveiled during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. 1up has a short piece saying that Final Fantasy XIII is almost done, and will get a powerful debut at the show in May. IGN, meanwhile, is rumourmongering that Halo 3 will also make an appearance. Not only that, they say, it's slated for a March 2007 release. From the article: "By theoretically shifting Halo to next spring, Microsoft thus allows third-party companies a better chance to shine independently of Bungie's uber shooter during the fall 2006 season. One must wonder, however, why the game wouldn't come out simultaneously with the movie, due in summer 2007. But if Halo 3's alleged March release date is officially confirmed, perhaps the game will leave questions for the movie to answer."
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Final Fantasy XIII and Halo 3 at E3 This Year?

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  • That's interesting, but let's talk about what's really important. Check out what Iwata said to MTV:

    ""Our primary focus with the Nintendo Revolution has been to create a system that can do things that the other systems can't, that has functionality that the other systems don't have," he said through a translator. "And speaking to that, there are some other unique features of the Nintendo Revolution hardware that we haven't discussed yet that we will be announcing at E3."

    Not only that, we are supposed to se

    • Plus, I read that Twilight Princess will have an "enhanced mode" for the Rev, which I take to mean enhanced graphics as well.

      Yeah, i heard rumors about Twilight Princess being able to take advantage of the Revolution hardware as well, though i heard it from rather obscure site. [slashdot.org]

      • Yes, but if you were to read what I read (I can't remember where I read it right not) they were talking about an enhanced mode IN ADDITION TO the controller thing. They talked about how the thought about just dropping GC support and making it Revolution only but they didn't. But as a side effect of that (or at least that's what it sounded like) there is an enhanced mode (which I assume means more polygons/better textures/more effects/etc).
    • What does the Revolution have to do with either Halo or Final Fantasy?

      There are articles about Revolution all over Slashdot. Lots and lots of articles. And there is going to be lots of news at E3 about lots of different companies. Don't let Nintendo fanboyism creep where it doesn't belong. Keep posts about Revolution to the proper articles.
  • But if Halo 3's alleged March release date is officially confirmed, perhaps the game will leave questions for the movie to answer.

    Considering that Bungie only recently announced that they were working on Halo 3 at all, I doubt they'll announce a release date so soon. Besides, they gave themselves more time to finish Halo 2, and even that was terribly rushed.

    • The fact that they're CURRENTLY planning a March 2007 release doesn't mean squat. No source, inside or otherwise, can predict how many times the designers will have to scrap their designs, head back to the drawing board, and delay the release.

      Halo 2 was ORIGINALLY supposed to be out over a year before it actually arrived. The entire design had to be completely scrapped at one point in its development.

      -Eric

      • Bungie announced a release date for Halo 2, and they released it on that date. What other people say was irrelevant then, and is now.
  • Online or offline?
    • lets hope offline
      i don't fantasize well with others
      unless it's my girlfriend
      but even then when our two fantasies don't meet in the middle it gets really, really akward.
      just the other day we wer. . . wait what were we talking about?
      • "but even then when our two fantasies don't meet in the middle it gets really, really akward."

        Yeah when she's wearing a Princess Leia outfit and accusing you of being a Mexican apple thief, it can get pretty weird.
  • How about waiting for customer reaction to Final Fantasy XII first? I played the demo, and I despised the dungeon crawling. I know that I'm probably the only person in the world that doesn't like MMORPGs and doesn't mind random battles, but one should probably see how a product fares before releasing a successor.
    • MMORPG is a complete waste of money and time, but it does create a whole new market for oursourcing, e-commerce, among other things.

      random battles, i can do without... i remember one of the ffs i played had such a high encounter rate it was painful to do side-quests and make mistakes...
  • "Apparantly we are supposed to by "oohed" and "ahhhed" by the names of these games alone"

    Some "sequals" are truely that, and some are just expansions.

    I will buy pretty much every game with the name "Splinter Cell" or "Legend of Zelda" on it. These are games that are built from the ground up each time while just reusing the game world. These can be as innovative and great as any other non-sequal game.

    The widely accepted best game ever itself is a sequal (Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time).
    • The widely accepted best game ever itself is a sequal (Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time).

      Widely accepted? According to what?


  • IGN, meanwhile, is rumourmongering that Halo 3 will also make an appearance. Not only that, they say, it's slated for a March 2007 release.


    Hmmm .. it'll be released well after the revolution (at best). I wonder what will happen if the revolution indeed does revolutionize fps games on the console?
  • This news would be great if the date is not so close to April 1st.
    • This news would be great if the date is not so close to April 1st.

      I agree, why would Squenix be anxious to finish FF13 so soon after releasing FF12? _Especially_ given that the next generation of consoles are right around the corner. Oh wait, XBox 360 is out already (i just forget about it for a second =) but i'd be _really_ surprised if they were going to release FF13 for the XBox 360.

      It would be kind of sad if they broke the tradition too, three FFs for the NES, three for the SNES, three for the PSX,

  • Loaded text? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Ars-Gonzo (14318)
    I love the loaded editorial here from Zonk. "1up has a short piece saying..." vs. "IGN, meanwhile, is rumourmongering that...". The 1up story cites a sister publication (EGM) but no sources at either SquareEnix or Sony. The IGN article cites two sources, although they're both anonymous. One is from MS, while the other is the dreaded "source close to the company".

    I don't generally agree with the editorial content of either site, but I also don't think it's appropriate to give a negative connotation to one s
  • ...about a FF coming out for the PS3. Square-enix has had it's hands on the dev kit for some time (FF7 tech demo) and it's not suprising that they've been working. With this in mind, it makes sense for Sony to drag their feet a little. They are going to need an incredible set of launch titles to pull us consumers to pay for thier console. If you look at the Xbox 360 launch, they had 8 or so barely passable games. There really was no point to get the Xbox 360 except for the status it supposedly gave. Sony,
  • ...final Final Fantasy coming out???
  • Didn't Bill Gates say last fall that Halo 3 would come out the same day as the PS3? That's when both dates were for this spring. I can see the PS3 sliding that long but Halo 3?

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