While nothing is concrete over here in the West, it appears as though Square Enix has given Final Fantasy X and X-2 an official release date in Japan. Gearnote has noted a report from Japanese gaming site 4Gamer.net, stating that the HD remaster will be receiving a December 26th launch for both the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita. The packages include both games in one on the PS3, each game sold separately on the PS Vita and a specially-designed PS Vita bundle with a Final Fantasy X-themed cover and both games.
Going by this revelation, it doesn’t appear that Final Fantasy X and X-2 will make its way to North America this year. Recently Square Enix staffers have been changing their release-specific language from 2013 to variants of, “this winter.” Paired with the fact that every mainline Final Fantasy game has released in Japan first before North America, and you have a sobering reality that we may not see the beloved RPG here until March 19th 2014 at the latest, if not earlier next year.
At the very least, there is some sort of timeline we can follow coming from Square Enix’s Japanese news. They’ve had a very busy week, announcing Dragon Quest 1-8 coming to smartphones in Japan, giving us the reveal of Square Enix Collective and telling us that Final Fantasy VI is coming to Android and iOS, also making its way this winter. Hopefully that with so many things on their plate Final Fantasy X and X-2 won’t be delayed that much further. With so many next-gen games coming out this November on both Microsoft and Sony’s consoles, a January/February 2014 release might suit the remaster better.