Last night at midnight, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIII to retail shelves after years of development and patience from gamers. In accordance with the launch, Sony and Square Enix threw a massive launch party yesterday as well. At the event key figures from around the industry showed up to show their support as well as figures from Microsoft and media outlets.
Early in the night, a Microsoft employee had stood on stage and thanked Square Enix for porting (allowing Microsoft to give them money) the title over to the Xbox 360. This apparently didn’t sit too well with Sony, as the next Sony representative that took the stage made sure to let people know why they were there and what Final Fantasy truly means to the console powerhouse from Japan.
Sony’s rep declared that “Final Fantasy is a PlayStation franchise” and that it is “best on the PS3.” Not only that, but fans playing it on the PS3 will enjoy it on “one disc, the way it was meant to be played.”
Apparently this set off an awkward moment throughout the event and a lot of people weren’t sure how to react, but the consensus of most was to cheer and applaud the statement. In all reality, Sony is pretty much right in this regard — true, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles found a home on the Nintendo platform and the MMO brand can be found on a Microsoft console, but the true numbered franchise has been home to the PlayStation brand for 15 years now.
If I had to set up an analogy for the situation it would be this. Imagine having 3 tickets to go and see your favorite band in concert, but only one of your friends could make it. The only logical choice is to sell off the third ticket, right? But, the problem is, the guy who bought it, shows up to the concert like he’s been friends with you forever while he’s only really there because he forked over the cash. Microsoft is like that guy. Nobody really likes him, but he brings the money with him. Enjoy.