Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been in development for a long time. How long has it been? If Versus XIII was a child, that child would be graduating from the second grade in a few days. And it feels like it’s no closer to release now than it was at E3 2006.
But the past is the past. Versus XIII has a new name (Final Fantasy XV), a new destination (the PS4 and Xbox One), and a new future. It also has a new trailer, which has been posted at the top of this article.
As you might have guessed, no release date has been announced for Final Fantasy XV.
A very cinematic trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII (which is now coming to the PS4) was shown during the Sony E3 conference, and definitely showcases the talent at Square Enix. It even has a new title to go along with its new home: Final Fantasy XV.
So FF Versus XIII is alive and well, but it still doesn’t have a release date. Teases.
The saga of Final Fantasy Versus XIII took another strange turn today as Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada denied reports the game has been canceled. In a post on Twitter, Wada claimed that Kotaku was taken in by “a hoax” and confirmed that the game is still very much in development.
The CEO also revealed that he recently attended a meeting related to the game and praised the “quality of the cityscapes.”
So Final Fantasy Versus XIII isn’t dead, but it still doesn’t have a release date or even a tentative plan for when it’ll make it’s next public appearance.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been in development for at least six years and in all that time, only a handful of trailers for the game have ever been released. No one outside of Square Enix has ever played the game, which was purported to feature gameplay similar to the Kingdom Hearts series.
And now it looks like no one ever will.
According to a report on Kotaku, Square Enix has quietly canceled the last unreleased game from their “Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy” project.
Kotaku’s tipster went on to say that the publisher has no plans to publicly announce the cancellation, due to fears of what the news will do to its stock price. When asked for comment on the game’s development status, Square Enix replied with this cryptic statement: “We have no information on the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but will be sure to update you as it becomes available.”
If you notice, they completely sidestepped Kotaku’s original question, “Is Final Fantasy Versus XIII still in development?”
A second source told Kotaku that “development and resources” behind Final Fantasy Versus XIII have already been folded into the development of Final Fantasy XV. However, exactly what this means for the franchise’s next numbered entry is unclear.
Tetsuya Nomura, director of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, told Dengeki PlayStation that his game would not be appearing at Tokyo Game Show. While this is disappointing news, he did say that the game’s next showing has been determined – though he didn’t say when or where that would be. However, the article at Andriasang did point out that “the game has appeared in some capacity at the past two TGS events despite initial hints from Nomura that this wouldn’t be the case.”
I’ll remain hopeful – and I’ll also admit that I’m looking forward to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, the rhythm title for the 3DS. Nomura said that it would be “the first entry in Square Enix’s 25th anniversary festivities for the FF series.” At least that’s something to look forward to!
In what is sure to be much more intense entry than its series’ timely companion (Final Fantasy Type-0) Final Fantasy Versus XIII‘s full-quality trailer shows off some very detailed cinematic scenes as well as some examples of the game’s fighting mechanics. As with Type-0, it is difficult to tell what exactly the battle system will be like, but it looks as though it will be similar to that of Final Fantasy XIII, possibly with more real-time play.
Though I wasn’t a huge fan of Final Fantasy XIII, I may just give Versus XIII a shot. But, shouldn’t it technically be Final Fantasy 15? Anyway, video above.
Andriasang has dug deep into the latest issue of Japanese gaming Dengeki PlayStation and unearthed a ton of new details about most of the titles Square Enix had on display at their 1st Production Department Premier event last week.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will take place after the end of Final Fantasy XIII in Gran Pulse. According to the magazine, the sequel will be “more dark and mysterious” and will focus on the goddess Etro.
Final Fantasy Type-0, the PSP game formerly known as Agito XIII, will feature a heavy focus on magic. The Dengeki report reveals that the game’s theme revolves around the theme of “Magic in Action” which basically states that swords and axes are good in a pinch, but magic is your real weapon.
Finally, Final Fantasy Versus XIII got short shrift once again. Director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that Versus XIII won’t be released until after XIII-2 and Type-0, but he did say we might learn more about it at E3.
For the full info dump on all three titles, be sure to check out the Andriasang report.
UPDATE: Square Enix has pulled the trailer from YouTube. The publisher has promised to post an official version on January 27, which you can see right here.
Many gamers in RPG circles have been calling Final Fantasy Versus XIII “our last hope.” We’re banking it all on this game, that it’ll be what Final Fantasy XIII should’ve been: the mind-blowing cinematic JRPG that defines a generation. I really don’t want to jinx this, but it’s looking like Versus XIII will be that game. In this trailer revealed at the Square Enix 1st Production Department Premier (I love typing that), Tetsuya Nomura and crew lay it all on the line, showing exploration, combat, and beautifully-rendered cut scenes that look substantially better than the original trailer from 2006. It seems to be a real-time action RPG; the combat plays like a third person shooter when controlling party members with guns; you can get into turrets and even mechs to fight enemies; players will fight hordes of monsters at a time in massive, open environments; and Noctis can be seen fighting enemies on platforms flying through a city as terrifying velocities. This last scene seems to corroborate that there will be a lot of interactive set pieces to get the blood pumping – another scene shows the protagonist running from a Behemoth vomiting fireballs apparently in-game, and the windows crash in suddenly at a party, catching everyone off guard.
The end also confirms that the game will still be PlayStation 3 exclusive, and it shows from just how stunning the graphics are in the cutscenes. The only tragedy in this whole matter is that no release date has been pinned down. Many of the aspects of the game appear to be finalized, though, so hopefully we can get our hands on it soon.