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Director of FF Agito XIII and The Third Birthday shares updates on Twitter

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http://twitter.com/SQEX_MEMBERS_JP/status/12451183984
http://twitter.com/SQEX_MEMBERS_JP/status/12451252843

Hajime Tabata, the director of FF Agito XIII and The Third Birthday, has shared some updates on the two projects on the S-E Members twitter account. He says the The Third Birthday has been rushing towards mass production since the start of this year, which I assume means crunch time. He is proud of the fact that the elite team behind the game has exceeded everyone's expectations, and he looks forward to unveiling the game to the public very soon.

For FF Agito XIII, the game is still in the tuning stage of development, and they recently had an internal showing of the development version in March. The producers, managers, and marketing team members were all very positive about the title, and the morale in the development team is extremely high. He asks fans to continue to wait a bit more for the game to be fully unveiled.
 

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Nice to know we're finally get more info on The Third Birthday soon. Man, how long ago were both these games first revealed?
 
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Hopefully 'soon' means a normal persons understanding of soon, not the SE meaning which could be anywhere between a long way away and just before the end of time.

Although if the PSP2 is closing in on release as expected, they'll probably be wanting to get a move on.
 
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Aw snap
I'm calling vaporware (twitterware?) until he twitpics it!


I'm glad to see that 3rd Birthday will probably come out first, its the one I'm more interested in of the two personally... I look forward to playing it next summer :lol
 

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Die Squirrel Die said:
Hopefully 'soon' means a normal persons understanding of soon, not the SE meaning which could be anywhere between a long way away and just before the end of time.
Soon probably means E3 at this rate. It doesn't look like there's going to be a S-E Party this year either, although the game being fully unveiled in Famitsu first is not out of the question.

Although if the PSP2 is closing in on release as expected, they'll probably be wanting to get a move on.
I doubt this has any impact on their development at all. S-E has never been one to support new hardware at launch, nor have they had any opposition to releasing games on systems even after the release of the next generation. It'll be years before we ever see a proper 3DS or PSP2 game from S-E.
 

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Is Agito XIII still really going to release on the PSP? Surely the new PSP will be at least announced by the time we hear more concrete information about it.
 

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Damn you for teasing us again!




Now where's Versus?
 

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So Agito XIII has no chance of being released this year in Japan and The Third Birthday is going to be their typical big end of the year release for psp.


:/
 

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Spiegel said:
So Agito XIII has no chance of being released this year in Japan and The Third Birthday is going to be their typical big end of the year release for psp.


:/
If so it will fall short compared to Crisis Core and Dissidia + they already had KH at the beginning of 2010. It does make sense for the to not go head to head with Monter Hunter Portable 3rd.
 

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Spiegel said:
So Agito XIII has no chance of being released this year in Japan and The Third Birthday is going to be their typical big end of the year release for psp.


:/
I think both games will make it out this year. The Third Birthday is not going to be a year end title.
 

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duckroll said:
I think both games will make it out this year. The Third Birthday is not going to be a year end title.
But we know nothing about these games and frankly, this is Square Enix. I expect no less than 4 months between the first "real" reveal of The Third Birthday and the release date.
And Agito XIII should be a bigger game so more months will pass between the first real reveal and the release date.

I'd love to be wrong, though
 

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If E3 had Versus XIII, Agito XIII, and 3rd Birthday altogether. I'd shit in my pants forever.
 

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ULTROS! said:
If E3 had Versus XIII, Agito XIII, and 3rd Birthday altogether. I'd shit in my pants forever.
You probably ought to get an IV hookup before E3 so you don't dehydrate then :p
 

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Spiegel said:
But we know nothing about these games and frankly, this is Square Enix. I expect no less than 4 months between the first "real" reveal of The Third Birthday and the release date.
And Agito XIII should be a bigger game so more months will pass between the first real reveal and the release date.

I'd love to be wrong, though
It's true, normally for any major PSP title there's at least almost a year between the first playable demo at a game show and the game's actual release. It was true for Crisis Core, Dissidia, and Birth by Sleep.

What puzzles me is that there is no way I see The Third Birthday as title as "big" as those. The next big S-E PSP game is clearly Agito XIII. If Agito was playable at TGS last year, or Jump Festa, I would certainly say it is a Dec 2010 release. Unfortunately it seems they might have deliberately held back on showing Agito to give FFXIII and BbS to have all the attention they needed before release.

This could mean that Agito is still ready for a late 2010 release, but that they simply chose to change their marketing plans from before. Or it could mean Agito is a 2011 release. As for The Third Birthday, I really don't see them giving it the same treatment as previous S-E PSP releases, and it'll likely be playable at E3, but if they unveil it for Japan in Famitsu by May, E3 could be used as a build up to the release in August or September. Who knows though.

All I know is that spending 3 years on developing a Parasite Eve title on the PSP is really way too much time and resources, and Agito is going to give FFXIII itself a run for its money in terms of a dragged on development cycle.
 

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duckroll said:
The producers, managers, and marketing team members were all very positive about the title, and the moral in the development team is extremely high. He asks fans to continue to wait a bit more for the game to be fully unveiled.
*douche-y pedant mode*

Morale.

*douche-y pedant mode*

:D

As for the news: meh.

Need to see more than CG before I throw in my support for Third Birthday.
 

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Cep said:
*douche-y pedant mode*

Morale.

*douche-y pedant mode*

:D

As for the news: meh.

Need to see more than CG before I throw in my support for Third Birthday.
Yes, I'm sorry. I don't know how I made that mistake. I accept responsibility. :(
 
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ULTROS! said:
If E3 had Versus XIII, Agito XIII, and 3rd Birthday altogether. I'd shit in my pants forever.
Those sound like good appetizers for the main course... Kingdom Hearts: Coded! :D

Its been so long, I hope it turned into a full blown 2D remake of KH1 instead of whatever it was meant to be
 

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Those sound like good appetizers for the main course... Kingdom Hearts: Coded! :D

Its been so long, I hope it turned into a full blown 2D remake of KH1 instead of whatever it was meant to be
I don't know what you're talking about. Kingdom Hearts Coded is already released. In fact, it was released in chapters and it was completed shortly after BbS was released. The ending ties into BbS' ending as well.
 
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duckroll said:
I don't know what you're talking about. Kingdom Hearts Coded is already released. In fact, it was released in chapters and it was completed shortly after BbS was released. The ending ties into BbS' ending as well.
What the... :(

I thought it became a full on PSP game at some point. Oh well
 

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duckroll said:
No, you must have imagined that. :(



And Third Birthday!
hmm? i didnt know Third birthday was going to be a celly game... I thought it was ANNOUNCED as a psp game.
 

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Kagari said:
Such teases...
Basically. At least we know we should be getting 3rd Birthday info soon. If that really is coming out first then Shimomura sure has been busy lately!
 
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hmm? i didnt know Third birthday was going to be a celly game... I thought it was ANNOUNCED as a psp game.
nah both Agito and 3rd Birthday were revealed to be PSP games at that one event
it was epic
 

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The same guy is directing Agito & 3rd Birthday? Is he also directing Sadness and Duke Nukem Forever?
 

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I hope both games come out this year. it's been a long time since these two were announced. PSP is going to get some very good games in near future.
 

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IIRC, 3rd birthday will be a third person shooter or something right?
 

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ULTROS! said:
IIRC, 3rd birthday will be a third person shooter or something right?
Yes. It's an "action RPG", but it supposedly plays like a third person shooter with a focus on weapon customization and stuff. Beyond that no one knows.
 

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Just saw that Kamikokuryo was the art director for The 3rd Birthday... So we just had Kamikokuryo + Hamauzu for FFXIII, and we'll be getting :

- Yoshida + Uematsu for FFXIV
- Naora + Ishimoto for Agito XIII
- Ohdachi + Shimomura for Versus XIII
- Kamikokuryo + Shimomura for The 3rd Birthday

Lookin' good.