Oh, Calm The Hell DownYes, yes, yes. We all heard the news.
FFXIII is heading to the Xbox 360.
This is big news, huge news, EPIC NEWS!
Do you know what this isn't?
This isn't a bad thing.
I know, I know. You figured you'd hit the blog and I'd be ranting and raving about loyalty and heritage and how the Xbox sucks.
I do tend to rant.
But honestly, this isn't that big a deal. No matter how you look at it, this is still a good thing for pretty much everyone involved.
Well... Maybe not Sony.
Still though, FFXIII Versus (the second game to the FFXIII arc) is still a PS3 exclusive. So, SE taps into a new audience, the Xbox360 fan base, and, assuming they get hooked on FFXIII as easily as the Playstation fan base did, many people will cross sides in the console war to get the full experience.
Hence, Sony still wins. The PS3 player base will still purchase FFXIII for the PS3 and they might actually gain a number of people as 360 players come over.
And Microsoft comes out a winner as, for the first time, a single player Final Fantasy game will make its way to the Xbox console. Quite a few people on the fence about purchasing a 360 might be swayed by this announcement.
Of course, the biggest winner of all is Square Enix. They are able to open one of their most powerful and loved series to a whole new segment of the gaming population. They still get to tap into the heavy PS3 rpg fan base while perhaps broadening their horizons.
Am I a little wary? Sure.
Who knows what being on the Xbox 360 could do to a Final Fantasy title? Master Chief riding a Chocobo through Liberty City?
If that actually happens, I am totally not to blame.
Still, at face value, the whole thing sounds like a good move for everybody. I mean, you can feel free to go fanboy crazy and burn your favorite forums to the ground.
But really... This isn't that big a deal.
You know I love a good fight. I'd be right there with you guys, holding my pitchfork aloft and shouting obscenities.
I just don't see it this time.
I really think it's time we got past blind fanboyism and judged games based on merit and not on a misguided sense of loyalty.
On an unrelated note, tomorrow's post will be about how WoW is stupid.