PlayStation fans, today is a bad day because it is my sad duty to inform you that Final Fantasy XIII will not be a Sony exclusive title. In an announcement that is sure to shock just about everyone, Microsoft has announced at E3 that the game will be released simultaneously on the Xbox 360 as well as the PS3. Good news for Xbox owners, less so for the PS3 die-hards who have been waiting for FFXIII to come along and prove just how good the PS3 is - exclusively.
As well has handing Microsoft a surely much-welcome PR victory over Sony, the news that Final Fantasy will see an Xbox 360 release may well help the consoles fortunes in Japan. Traditionally PlayStation territory, Japanese sales of the Xbox 360 haven't picked up to the extent of other territories - Japanese gamers prefer games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy.
Considering many potential console buyers will likely be waiting just for Final Fantasy XIII to arrive before investing in a next-gen system, and given the Xbox 360 is significantly cheaper than the PS3 (even if it is also annoyingly louder when running) it's hard to see why anyone wanting to play a single game would choose the PS3 over the Xbox 360. Even if the latter is likely to require multiple discs, not having the benefit of Blu-ray.
Frankly, Sony is going to have to come up with something incredible to tell us, if it is to have any hope of saving face at this year's E3.