Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has said that Final Fantasy XIII won't be released until at least April 2008.

He was talking at a money meeting discussing the company's earnings in fiscal 2006, which ended in March. But when quizzed about the financial year ahead and the arrival of FFXIII, he revealed it wouldn't be ready in that time frame.

"It will still take more time," said Wada, in an article translated by IGN. "At the very least, [a release] this fiscal year is definitely out of the question."

Square Enix America has avoided commenting on it so far, and we are waiting to hear back from the European representatives.

Square Enix has previously said it will have a demo of the game ready in time for this year's E3 conference, which runs from 11th to 13th July.

We recently flew out to the Square Enix Party in Japan and saw no evidence of it there, but we did manage to interview legendary designer Tetsuya Nomura.

He'll be the force behind the counterpoint title Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a dark and supposedly more action-based affair. Follow our biscuit trail to the interview for more information.

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