When we spoke with SCEA president Jack Tretton
during E3 about Final Fantasy XIII
going multiplatform in the US, he was quite frank about the impact the game's PS3 exclusivity in Japan would (or wouldn't) have for the company. "Seeing as there isn't that big of a [PS3] installed base in Japan, I don't know how big of a coup that is for us," he admitted.
Across the Atlantic, Sony Europe boss David Reeves seemingly gets his Japanese PS3 sales figures broken down by individual components. Speaking with VG247 during last week's Leipzig Games Convention, Reeves said, "I think that just as we got a massive blip up with GTA IV
– which was not exclusive – we'll get exactly the same blip up with Final Fantasy
," adding that, "I know [FFXIII
] will look great on PS3 and – it's up to Microsoft to clarify this – it's still exclusive in Japan."
While we're still betting on higher sales of the PS3 version over the 360 release domestically, it really seems as if Reeves is living in the mid- to late-1990s, when Japan was still SCEI's most important territory. Times have changed, Sir.
Corrected a Sony exec mix-up. They're all the same to us, you know.]