Jul 15, 2008

Which Square-Enix Betrayal Shocked You More?

As evident by the huge outcry on gaming websites, blogs and forums - Square-Enix's announcement yesterday that FFXIII will be released simultaneously on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 was a huge megaton surprise. This is undoubtedly one of the most shocking announcements ever at an E3 event. PS3 owners across the globe are still reeling after hearing their long time Sony exclusive Final Fantasy XIII would be making its way to Microsoft's Xbox 360.

However, let's not forget that this isn't the first time that Square-Enix has been branded a turncoat and a sell out. Back in the Super Nintendo days, Square-Enix announced development of FFVII, an exclusive title for the upcoming Nintendo 64DD. Of course as we all know, Nintendo opted to can the 64DD in favour the traditional low capacity game cartridge. This led to a dispute between Square-Enix (who wanted to introduce rich audio and cinematics into the FF series that would require CD capacity) and Nintendo. Ultimately, this rift between the companies became so wide, Square-Enix decided to jump ship and produced FFVII exclusively on the Sony Playstation.

Given these two dramatic examples of Square-Enix's willingness to betray their allegiances, the question I have for you is - which one shocked you more?