In what seems like a true testament to the staying power of the PlayStation 2, Final Fantasy XIII producer, Yoshinori Kitase, confirmed that the title was originally in development for the Playstation 2.

“Final Fantasy XIII was originally meant to be a PS2 title, but we had to switch systems due to the arrival of the PS3.

That cost us about one and a half years and was constantly a case of trial and error. However, because we worked so hard at the beginning, we got to a cruising speed much faster then anticipated and therefore could start on the translation and international voice recording process at an early stage of the development.

It’s because of this that we can release both the European as well as the American version barely three months after the Japanese release.”

Following the jump, we’ve included a screen from the original title for your viewing pleasure.

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The screens from the PS2 version definitely show a large difference from the graphic powerhouse that you see today. I’m wondering if this was a hard decision for the development team to make after putting so much time into the title, only to discover that they had to move everything to a console that nobody had experience with yet.

That’s certainly a worthy reason of delay, I’m just hoping it will pay off for them in the end, because a number of reviews have not been very optimistic.

What do you think? Should the Final Fantasy team pushed the title out on PS2 or will the PS3 version be worth the wait?

Final Fantasy XIII will satiate our hunger for ridiculous hair and great RPG action on March 9, 2010.