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Recent Articles: Final Fantasy XV
Square Enix just released an awesome new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 to kick off Paris Games Week. It’s surprisingly violent, truly beautiful, and it looks like every YA novel I’ve ever loved. You get to play as teenagers with special magic abilities who are fighting against the aggressive country that has taken them over. I mean come on.
I, for one, cannot wait to control the fourteen students of Class Zero and fight against my oppressors. Final Fantasy Type-0 will be out on March 17, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Pre-ordering the game also gives you access to a demo for Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (when it’s available). So. Much. Final. Fantasy.
Square Enix showed a trailer for Final Fantasy XV yesterday at the Tokyo Game Show and… what is happening, are they driving a car? The prince is sleeping? What am I even watching? I don’t even know what’s going on, and I’m still excited anyway. The game will be released for PS4 and Xbox One, and while there’s no release date, there will be a playable demo packaged with Final Fantasy Type-0 when it comes out on March 17, 2015.
Square Enix also announced that director Tetsuya Nomura will be replaced by Hajime Tabata, allowing Nomura to “focus his full efforts as the director of other highly anticipated titles, including Kingdom Hearts III.” That’s a lot of serious announcements for one day. Thanks, Square Enix!
Square Enix has announced they will release Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in the US on March 17, 2015. Are you still a little shaky on what Type-0 HD entails? Square Enix has helpfully provided this description for the PS4/Xbox One title:
Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis.
As a further incentive to entice fans to take a chance on their latest Final Fantasy spinoff, Square Enix will include a Final Fantasy XV demo download code inside each copy of Type-0 HD.
Type-0 HD has undergone quite a few changes in its odyssey towards America. Originally announced as Final Fantasy Agito XIII, it began life as a PSP entry in Square Enix’s “Fabula Nova Crystallis” franchise. After a name change, it was released in Japan in 2011. Owing to its handheld roots, Type-0 was initially rumored to move to the Vita before Square Enix announced the PS4/Xbox One port at this year’s E3 Expo.
So four years later (and nine since its initial announcement), we’ll get a chance to see what the fuss is about.
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!