Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a title that barely exists under its own weight. What does that mean? Some know that the game exists because it’s the game that is preventing Tetsuya Nomura  from working on the next Kingdom Hearts console release. Some know it as the game that Square Enix first announced back in 2006, and which seems to have progressed very little since then. A few might know that it is only vaguely related to 2009’s Final Fantasy XIII or this year’s Final Fantasy XIII-2, as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy series. As a whole, though, it is difficult to focus on Final Fantasy Versus XIII as anything more than an abstract string of ideas, because it was announced so long ago, and its release doesn’t seem to be getting any closer.

At the end of last week, Square Enix confirmed the list of titles that would be on display at E3. Big titles like Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider will be on display, but once again, Final Fantasy Versus XIII didn’t make the cut. In this month’s issue of Game Informer, Nomura gave a brief mention of the title:

“We would like to ask for your patience on an official announcement for this title. It always takes time when tackling the challenge of doing something completely new, but we are doing our best to bring information to the fans as quickly as we can. Your patience is greatly appreciated.”

The next big venue that Square might use to reveal new information about the game would be the Tokyo Game Show, and since the title will definitely be big at home, this would be a logical venue, especially since work on Final Fantasy XIII-2 has concluded. However, given Square’s track record concerning Versus XIII, the likelihood of it showing up anywhere anytime soon seems to be slim.

Given that the game only began true development this past November, that means it’s been in a state of, at best, alpha development since 2006. If that’s the case, then obviously Square revealed the game too early. However, that seems to be par for the course for them the last few years. I can remember how long it took Final Fantasy XIII to release. It’s difficult to maintain any sort of excitement for a title when there is not even the slightest indication of a release. Is anyone really excited for the game at this point?

via [Kotaku]

16 COMMENTS

  1. Well for a game like this. I will be waiting for it, I’m looking forward to Final Fantasy Versus XIII. So until it’s ready, I shall be waiting for it.

  2. Don’t the production team have a dateline when it comes to projects? there is always a dateline in every project.. why not this one? Working there would be seriously easy going that way i guess.. no stress at all i bet.. we have all the time in the world to do this yada yada

    • It’s because they get pulled from that game and have to spend all of their time working on other Square games that they announce. Imagine trying to do something and then having someone come up to you and ask you to do stuff for them (and you can’t refuse or else…). You may not really have a deadline for “that project,” but you can’t really get working on it because other people are taking away your time. It’s really stressful if you’re trying to get something done and people are bogging you down with their chores. These guys are working on more than 3 projects at a time. If it’s just one team doing everyone else’s work then yeah, it’s going to take a long time for them to get their pet project complete. They may appear to have all the time in the world, but they have to spend all that time in the world working on other stuff. SE didn’t give enough importance to vs. 13, it seems, so they didn’t give a deadline on the project I guess. If SE really cared about vs. 13, they would have given more importance on it being completed and they would have given the development team less work to bog them down with. As it is, it is difficult to get much done on a large project like vs. 13 if you’re constantly working on smaller projects that others deem more important.

      It seems like it’s all the time in the world, but where is that time going? That’s where the question lies.

  3. Am I excited? Its the only final fantasy game this generation Ive really been looking forward to and anticipating. partly because theres so little info on it after so long and it just looks way cooler than any final fantasy Ive ever played. The setting itself; the sort of final fantasy based on our real world idea, has been something Ive wanted to see for so long. Final fantasy has always been based in these fantasy worlds with lots of magic and fantastic/epic backdrops. Ive always wondered what it would be like to have a final fantasy based on earth in the present. or something like it. something thats based on our world but still has final fantasy elements like magic and stuff. 

  4. I reckon there has been a change of direction since its first announcement and is now currently being developed on next gen hardware hence the delay and reluctance of any more information as they’re awaiting for that to be officially announced. Some of the graphics I’ve seen and things they’re proposing makes me think it’s a game which could push beyond the capabilities of the PS3.

    As for am I excited? It’s the first game, let alone final fantasy, I have been excited about for over a decade. If done right, story, gameplay and music (yes music I think is one of if not the biggest parts of a game to make it something special which is always overlooked) which they have been doing so far and it continues going down that path, it could potentally become one of the all time great final fantasys we have been longing for years.

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