I've always wondered why the Japanese release has English text all over the box. Is there a reason for this?
For Final Fantasy, the logos have always been in that stoic, English font -- possibly originally due to the heavy influences of Western mythology and role-playing. The back of the box is almost all Japanese though. In other cases, there can be different reasons. A lot of times English is used stylistically because it's cool/modern/Western, or just because it helps something stand out, similar to how katakana can be used. For example, the Optima system in FFXIII. It has an English name, but the concept is explained fully in Japanese, you know what it is, and having "Optima" in English helps set it apart amongst the battle menus and commands.
do you think the PS3 Beta for the JP region will have separate times from the PC Beta version? Or do you think the PC/PS3 in Japan will Beta at the same time?
Still not sure what the plan is for the beta, but when signing up, there was a choice between the PC and the PS3 one. Interviews stated that they would start with PC and then add PS3... so who knows. It could be PS3 is a separate test group since Tanaka promised Japanese fans a taste of FFXIV like Germany got. Also, you need a code from FFXIII to even sign up, whereas the PC is open to all. My best guess would be that it's because Japan is much more of a console market anyway, and SE may not want to mix all the regions right off the bat... so Japan gets a little bonus with the PS3 test and they sell more FFXIII copies. Edited, Dec 17th 2009 12:33pm by Elmer