[Update: It seems as if Square-Enix has debunked this rumor. Let's hope that we see some new footage or screenshots sometime soon.]
Hope you’re ready for your daily serving of internet rumor stew, because today’s recipe is pretty juicy. Today Kotaku announced that they learned from several sources that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was officially cancelled.
But on the opposite end of the spectrum, other rumors have come to light that Square Enix will announce Final Fantasy XIII-3 or more Lightning-centric DLC during its Final Fantasy 25th anniversary event on September 1st.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII was first announced six years ago, with its debut trailer being shown at E3, but details about the game have been scarce since then. According to Kotaku’s source, “the decision impacted morale at Square Enix and staff were reportedly saddened by the move.” Don’t get your hopes up about this rumor being confirmed with an official announcement from Square Enix though. Kotaku’s source also added that Square Enix let Versus XIII ”die quietly on the vine and fade away” because “a public acknowledgement of a Versus‘ cancellation could impact things like Square Enix’s stock prices.”
But what about these rumors of another direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII? Square Enix’s 25th anniversary event is set to take place from August 31st to September 2nd. A special presentation titled “Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga: New Developments Presentation” will take place on the 1st, where the developer has promised to reveal “promising details on the future of the FFXIII project.”
The event will also be attended by the game’s producer, director, art director and other members of the staff. Because Final Fantasy XIII-2 ended with something of a cliffhanger, this has led some to speculate that these “promising details” will include the unveiling of a brand new sequel.
So while Final Fantasy Versus XIII‘s cancellation is sad (if it’s true), at least we can look to the future and know that more Final Fantasy XIII-related content is on the way (if you’re into that sort of thing). Personally, I thought XIII was a constrictive, contrived mess, but from my time with XIII-2, it looks like Square Enix knows how to learn from their mistakes. Color me fairly intrigued.