Fans of Final Fantasy XIII would know that the “Chinese” version of the game was highly sought after. Apart from the new cover of Lightning, the game was unique in the way that it retained the Japanese voices while providing subtitles to the game.
Honestly, for story driven games such as Final Fantasy, this should have been always been the case. Hurrah for Final Fantasy XIII-2 then! Coming in at only a month behind the Japanese release, Final Fantasy XIII-2 will feature both Mandarin and
English subtitles with the original Japanese voice overs.
The official release date for the local version would be 31st January 2012. Mark your calenders. For those who prefer a full English language version, such an edition would be available on the same day as well.
Check out the entire press release for more details.
For Immediate Release
October 12th, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited (SCEH) announced that on31st January 2012, “PS3® FINAL FANTASY XIII-2” will be released in both Chinese/English and English only version. And the Japanese version, however, will become available on 15th December 2011 in South East Asia.
Following the release of PS3™ “FINAL FANTASY XIII”, PS3™ “FINAL FANTASY XIII-2” will also be released with a Chinese and English version. This is a completely localization of the game done by a partnership between Square Enix and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia. All menus and text have been translated into Traditional Chinese and English, while still retaining the original Japanese voices. Also, the game is compatible with save data from both the English and Japanese versions of PS3™ “FINAL FANTASY XIII”, which can be imported into the game.
Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase states, “I am glad to be able to bring FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 to the Asian region. FINAL FANTASY XIII was our first release in both Chinese and Korean, but it was about a year behind the Japanese release. However, this time we are able to get this game into your hands with only a month or so of lag. I am sure that playing the game while it is still fresh and new will only help to strengthen the emotional experience that is FINAL FANTASY XIII-2.”
In addition, SCEH will launch a new trailer of the game with
Chinese subtitles on the PlayStation®Store today.
With the release of “FINAL FANTASY XIII-2”, SCEH will continue to provide more attractive game titles and let more customers enjoy the exclusive PS3™ entertainment world by promoting and expanding the PS3™ platform.