Final Fantasy XIII isn’t the first Final Fantasy game for the Xbox platform. Final Fantasy XI was. However, this is the first core Final Fantasy game to go multi-platform at launch. So, why did Square Enix decide to develop an Xbox 360 version?
"The Xbox team has been asking us to have a [Final Fantasy] game developed on our platform,” Yoichi Wada, President and CEO of Square Enix, said in an interview with Siliconera. “Also, the Xbox 360 console is available in many homes in US and European markets so that was not really a hard decision to make.”
Prior to announcing Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix published: Project Sylpheed, The Last Remnant, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Infinite Undiscovery (which was originally a Microsoft/Tri-ace project), and a slew of Xbox Live Arcade games. Square Enix and Microsoft have had an amicable relationship since Final Fantasy XI, which came out in 2006.
The full interview with Wada-san where we discuss topics that have nothing to do with XIII will be posted after GDC. Keep your eyes peeled for it!