All Japanese music tracks removed from FFXIII

Its been reported that not only has Square-Enix removed all traces of Final Fantasy XIII‘s original Japanese theme “Kimi ga Iru Kara” by Sayuri Sugawara (it having been replaced by Leona Lewis’, “My Hands”) from the western version of the game, but they have also removed Sugawara’s second contribution, “Eternal Love”. The song has apparently been replaced with the theme of Lightning’s sister Serah Farron, which had English language lyrics even in the Japanese release.

It is possible to over do a games localization, and this is not the first time such has been suggested in relation to FFXIII. SE has reportedly also given many items in the game unnecessary name changes (i.e. Blaze Edge is now Blazefire Saber, Lake Bildge is Lake Bresha, etc.).

SE has mentioned repeatedly how much they want FFXIII to appeal to western gamers. A fine goal. Honorable even. Unfortunately SE’s attempts at reaching it are starting to seem a bit desperate. It would seem SE is purging Japanese influence from FFXIII much like PSICOM purges L’Cies from Cocoon in the game itself. The developement team has already suffered the wrath of fans over what some would call more drastic changes to the standard FF formula than even Final Fantasy XII. Shoe horning western appeal into FFXIII’s aesthetic as well could lead to another such backlash.

Final Fantasy XIII is still on track for release on PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 9th. Final code has been sent out to the press, and a review embargo has been set for March 5th. You can read the 13th  Crystals import review here.

Source: All Japanese music tracks removed from FF13 (UFFsite)

– 13thCrystal’s Twitter.

– 13thCrystal’s Facebook page.

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  1. #1 by felix on 25/02/2010 - 04:46

    fuckin square enix, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck !!!! This is bullshit a bullshit game….i need the japanese tracks t.t soon i will learn japanese and buy ffvs XD

  2. #2 by felix on 25/02/2010 - 04:47

    but thx for the post XD

    • #3 by Ronald Taylor on 25/02/2010 - 05:41

      No problem 🙂

  3. #4 by rinimt on 25/02/2010 - 07:18

    Wow, that’s bull. I love Serah’s Theme and all, but this is just… Ugh

    Praying for the Vocal Choco and other various Japanese tracks to be left alone…

  4. #5 by Tiago on 25/02/2010 - 09:41

    Finaly!
    congratulations square enix 🙂
    our songs are so much emotional than the japoneses.
    I love my hands, for me is one of the most amazing songs of any final fantasy title.

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