Update: The product has now also appeared for pre-order on Play-Asia for £37.06. Shipping is expected to commence in February 2019.
Original Article: Since its reveal in September, all signs have pointed towards the idea that World of Final Fantasy MAXIMA would be a digital-only release on Switch. Rumours started to circulate in October when physical editions for the Xbox One appeared with no Switch version in sight, and there were still no physical copies available when it finally launched last month.
As it turns out, though, Square Enix has now reportedly revealed a later-than-expected physical release on Switch. The news comes from the folks at NintendoSoup, who mention that "there will be no physical release in North America, Europe, and Japan", with the physical copy instead being released exclusively in Southeast Asia. The situation gets more and more strange every time we hear about it.
The site also happens to be offering pre-orders for the game worldwide, with international shipping expected to commence in February 2019. You'll have to hand over $59.99 of your hard-earned cash to get it (as opposed to the digital version's $39.99 asking price), but you can find it right here if you're interested.
Despite being sold only in Southeast Asia, the game supports English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, German, and Spanish and is region free.
Were you hoping to snag a physical copy of this one? Are you happy sticking with the cheaper digital copy? Let us know your thoughts below.
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I knew they would crack eventually
(Already died in happiness)
(Need a Life Potion or Phoenix Down.....)
I did. Yesterday.
Welp, as soon as one gets released in Europe, it's gonna be mine... if the price isn't absurd, that is.
I got a physical release for the Vita and digital on Switch.
It's a great game and €40 is a fine price, but $60 + shipping + import fees is too much of the good.
glad to hear it, as the game is about half a terabyte!
60$ Does it come with some dlc or something? I mean I know shipping physical games is expensive for the company, but they should atleast add in some digital bonuses for the gamers.
I'll wait until they release the proper physical edition over here too. I really don't understand why they're being so stingy with this stuff.
jesus.... but oh well waaaay to late for me since I bought it day 1...
That's awesome, might get it for my Final Fantasy Collection.
I'll wait for my local game webshop to import it so i dont have to deal with the import and costum / tax cost. Wasn't gonne het it digitally anyway.
59.99, and free shipping!
This isn’t too bad. I’m gonna snag it!
Ships in February 2019, I will just wait until it is actually out and maybe pick it up then.
Don't really care about this, but gives me hope that there might be a FFVII physical!!!
If FF IX Switch also in Physical release, i will die in Happiness.... again.
That's good to see....though it's very weird they're doing this in Asia only, and not the US where this game would have shown much better performance with retail shelf visibility during the Christmas rush, given the family friendly nature. I really have no idea what on Earth Squeenix was thinking with how they've handled the release of this game. I'm not sure Squeenix knows either...it's kind of their M.O. these days....
This sounds to me just like the English released version of Capcom Belt Action Collection for Switch being physically released shortly in the same region alone too.
If you were holding out on that bundle with Final Fight and the rest, there it is.
@ryancraddock already bought this on eshop but this gives me some hope that the other announced FF-games might have a physical release in Europe.
The dilemma however remains, do we buy digitally as soon as a game release (to support possible further releases) or do we wait for a physical release which might hamper sales if this never happens.
I still don't care about it (however if they have in mind a physical copy of ffvii I will get it even if I need to go and get it directly from the moon!!)
Yeh, I don`t think I`ll bother with Squenix games if they continue to have half-assed releases like this. Give me physical games like Octopath(which I bought), and then we can talk.
@ktej75 Yep, it's a tough one! This seems to be such a regular thing with Switch as well - having physicals be announced months after.
At the end of the day though, it's the game itself that's the most important - you'll spend more time playing than looking at the box on your shelf! 😊
@ktej75 It's worse with this game since it's the only platform (including Vita!) that doesn't have a physical release in the West. Yet it's the platform (other than Vita) that most benefits (and is likely to attract more customers) through physical release.
@ryancraddock With Switch, compared to other systems the physical versus digital matter is a lot more significant since there's very limited space for games at high cost, digitally, one has to be choosy with digital acquisitions. Ultimately physical buyers are going to be able to buy a lot more games. And WoFF is a relatively large game in terms of SD usage.
Wow!! I want that baby!!
Same here I want it but NintendoSoup doesn't offer a way to create a account so you can track or if need be cancel the pre-order. If they are going to go case by case basis for cancellation they need to have those making order be able to create a account to track and reply to their orders.
@NEStalgia Yeah, I mean you can always archive games you've completed to make more space for new ones, but I agree that it is a problem.
Here we go with another $59 insanity... Easy skip.
Ended up waiting for a 19.99 sale back in the day because didn't think it was worth the $39 on VITA. Never even finished it - no desire to try again
Even if I did, makes more sense to just get the $15 PS4 version and play cross-save with the VITA version I already own 🤔
@SwitchForce We've just spotted the game go live on Play-Asia, too. I've added a link to the top of the article - thought I'd let you know in case you were interested 🙂
Playasia will provide the Physical release of World of Final Fantasy Maxima Switch version ?
@Anti-Matter Yep, you can find it here!
@ryancraddock that just rocks...cost far less than from NintendoSoup. At least PA allows cancellation if one choose to do so in advance of the release date.
...dammit. Sorry wallet.
Its $45 but shipping global is like $9, so $54 total.
Still just $4 over the launch price on PS4 iirc. Either way, I'm on it. I'll sell the Vita and PS4 versions to cover the cost.
Another Switch game added to the shelf, 2 more copies of PS games subtracted from the shelf. One library keeps growing bigger and bigger, with the other growing smaller and smaller.
@BensonUii well at this point if your not in JPN you can't order it. But this might be because it just came out on the listing in Amazon JPN. But I will be waiting for it.
Lame. Already bought it digital and already own the physical Vita version. I’m not giving them money a third time. It’s a fun little game but it’s not THAT fun.
Anyone got the Amazon JPN link for physical version?
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