Square Enix has announced today that the “overseas version” of J-RPG Final Fantasy XIII is now complete and has made a curious deferential apology for the delay.

Game director Motomu Toriyama has also spoken about features that have been enhanced since last summer’s consumer survey: “One of those features is characters' facial animations, which work as the core of any human drama. Their movements are completely synchronised with the English lines and, due to this, each scene in the game is truly spectacular.

"Another feature to be mentioned is FFXIII's new strategic battle system, Paradigm Shift. Just like the Japanese version, this system adds elements of real-time actions to the battle, which has been made almost over-the-top, so that the more you use the shift, the more exhilarating the combat becomes."

Finally, Toriyama asked western gamers to remain patient and promised that, "You will see the truth when you hold it in your hands. Please be patient a little longer for the 'day of a battle against the fate'!" Righto.

Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360 and PS3 is due on New Zealand shelves on the 9th of March.