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Final Fantasy Versus XIII

[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 XIII-2

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.”

Final Fantasy XIII Lightning

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.

[Source: Kotaku, Andriasang]

  1. Honestly not sad at all. I think Tetsuya Nomura’s influence on anything beyond art has been very negative for the series as a whole, and I’m not in any way bothered to see one of his FF projects cancelled.

  2. Sigh. All I (and many others) wanted was a mature and adult themed action-RPG like Kingdom Hearts without the childish setting and characters. I wouldn’t care if it’s a completely new IP, but it’d be criminally shameful to let that work go down the drain.

  3. No surprise really. That long a dev cycle and nothing to show for it but one FMV movie and a very short tech demo that looked nothing like the FMV movie …. well… It is pretty clear the project is going nowhere.

    Hopefully the popular rumor that some of it’s resources will be retooled for FFXV will play out. Would suck for what work was invested to just go unused and wasted.

    • To reply to myself it seems Square issued an official rebuttal of the rumor but words are pretty darn cheap. I will hold my breath until I see an actual game or some form of coverage of it.

    • avatar Sumi

      AlphaOmega / To comment to mc, not evryeone who has an hdtv is a spoiled brat as i work for a living and support a family of 4 and just happen to have 2 hdtv’s ( a 32 and a 46) and while it IS unfortunate that there is tearing on sdtv’s it should be noted that the PS3 and especially Final Fantasy XIII were designed to be played in High Definition. To me it is the equivalent of buying an F1 race car to drive in your neighborhood to work and the store. I mean, come on people. If you have an sdtv, then you should stick to the cheaper and less technologically advanced XBOX 360, or keep playing on your ps2. as far as square enix goes, I resent the fact that people (Ian) think that square is struggling with this generation of hardware when in fact, they are ignoring old technology (sdtv’s) to offer a quality game (best i have ever played) to a generation of gamers who have advanced to the next level of technology and want a product that takes advantage of the best hardware setups. To all who would complain i suggest going to the closest place you can find a straw and suck it up and buy an HDTV. Your PS3 and FFXIII deserve it. Or you can just stick to your last-gen xbox 360 and sdtv and quit complaining. I realize that there will be a flame war started over this post but the only complainers will be the poor(cheap) who obviously shouldnt be playing current gen video games anyways, or the Microsoft fanboys. If you cant afford next gen gaming, get a better job and pay our bills. learn to save. HDTV`s are cheap these days. if you can afford a 400 dollar gaming system and a 100 dollar game, you can surely afford 500 dollar hdtv. unless your parents bought your system for you ..in which case, you have no reason to complain.

    • avatar Sylvester

      Tom / Get off the damage cotornl already. FFXIII is a PS3 game and there are so many 360 apologists trying to deny that fact. Aww you got a crap version of a game? Poor baby, and the PS3 version is outselling it 2 to 1? Cry me a river. I swear the only thing worse then the American 360 fanboys are you UK ones, the 360 is a good system, not a great one and certainly is not good enough to be the be all end all of game consoles. FFXIII was developed for 3 years as a PS3 exclusive and the 360 is just not capable of running a game specifically tailored towards the PS3. As for this SDTV issue while I feel for those with an SDTV this is an HD console, most companies dont even test a game made for PS3/360 in SD resolutions because the logic is that most of the owners bought an HD console to play in HD. (360 fanboys would be saying the same thing if it only affected 360 s).

  4. avatar Robert

    mc / To Alpha Omega fair coment but if conampys only cater for the small percentage of ps3 ownefs who statistically own a hd tv then they are being silly and ignorant as you have worked for you tv which is fair enough but i haven’t the money and don’t intend to buy one just because ps3 puts out 1080p res as that is a trivial reason to by a console as i bought the ps3 as it is the superior machine and the games on ps3 are better. also take into account the fact that gaming stores are making it easier to purchase the ps3 so conampys should jump on the band waggon and at the very least release a patch for sd gamers and then we would have nothing to discuss.Now you have to agree that what i have suggested is the easiest and fairest way to deal with issues like this instead of ignoring it as square enix and sony have done at this moment in time.

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