Final Fantasy XIII DLC Might Happen, Might Not

Square Enix, in what can only be seen as a bizarre series of crossed-wires, possible dubious translations or simply a good old fashioned mix-up, appear to be in two minds over other whether or not Final Fantasy XIII will ever see extra content.

With over a full game worth of material excised from the final (no pun intended) product, many believe a lucrative DLC Final Fantasy XIII bonanza must surely be on the cards. According to earlier reports, amazingly, no.

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What we have now since this initial declaration of disinterest on Square Enix’s behalf in relation to FF DLC are two separate, and not necessarily in sync, signs that DLC is at least possible.

Speaking over at FF-Reunion, producer Yoshinori Kitase explains how DLC was discussed during the development process but the endeavour was ultimately shelved in order to focus on the main product.

Translating the interview, however, Kitase doesn’t shut the door entirely on the concept of new content appearing one day as DLC.

“Possible or impossible? If I were to be asked, it’s possible. At present, however, we are not considering it.”

Kitase-san goes on to state how his developers assure him that the game’s framework would permit new content to be linked in.

And then, as if the man is suffering from split personality disorder, he goes and tells the Official Dutch PlayStation Magazine that, yes indeed, DLC is coming.

“At first we had plans to release the game simultaneously worldwide, so we had the intention to deliver identical version between the regions. When we noticed that we wouldn’t make it, we decided to release the game as fast as possible in the west after its release in Japan.

“We initially had doubts to add extra content to the western version but then it would have taken the international version more months of delay. We did prepare a DLC but it will arrive a little later in the west.”

So, there is DLC coming? The Japanese language can be a strange beast (trust me), so we’re wondering if something has been twisted in translation somewhere along the way. All we can say is that, yes – there was a shed load of unseen content created during the game’s production that could be released as DLC for the game. Yes, we think it would sell tremendously well, but no – we’re not actually sure if this will ever happen.

Thanks Finalfantasy-xiii.net (and Joystiq, and VG247, and everyone else who is trying to piece this puzzle together.)

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