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Versus XIII Is *Still* In Another Castle.

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Imagine Inception's Tom Hardy your perfect man or woman. Now imagine that person falling madly in love with you and doing everything you fantasize about them doing. For, with, to etc. Got that image in your head?

Good.

Keep on imagining it because it's never going to happen. Not entirely unlike Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Today in Tokyo, at an invite-only press conference, Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII aka the game that will never, ever actually be released. That's right gaymers, yet again Square Enix has dangled what is arguably their sexiest new project in front of us yet again with no release date in sight. Not even a suggestion of a release date.

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Oh and they showed trailers for some other stuff too.


For the uninitiated, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is one third of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy Compilation series; a trio of games that are all set in the same world, albeit during very different time periods, but starring different characters and featuring stories that are only loosely connected via vaguely similar themes. Versus XIII alongside Final Fantasy XIII and the newly renamed Final Fantasy Type-0 (formerly Agito XIII) were announced back in 2006. That's about five years ago.

A game being released years after its initial announcement is nothing new for Square Enix. With the notorious exception of 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever very few companies know how to tease a game the way Square does. The wait for Versus XIII in particular has become notorious in its own right, with Square Enix not even unveiling gameplay footage until today; five years after its initial announcement.

And still no release date. Not even a release estimate.

Until today I was half convinced Versus XIII was nothing more than a series of trailers, but turns out it is indeed a real game. And an awesome looking game at that! Everyone who had a problem with the linear (read: walk forward and push X) gameplay of sister project Final Fantasy XIII should take a good hard look at Versus XIII.

The trailer opens with lead character Noctis looking bored as he's driven around a gorgeous Tokyo-inspired metropolis. Next we see him meeting Stella, the game's lead female, as the two admire a piece of Yoshitaka Amano's artwork rendered in-game. That's right in-game Amano artwork! And then all hell breaks loose as vehicles and vehicle-sized monsters begin raining down from the sky. When the dust settles, there's gameplay. Delicious delicious gameplay.

The world looks expansive, utilizing everything that PS3 is capable of to render a stunning city that, as of now, looks like it's fully explorable. The battle system looks spectacular as well, though more than a little reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts. However considering the games share the same dev-team it comes as no surprise, and it by no means a bad thing. All of this being backed by some truly stunning character rendering, what Square's best at, and you've got a package that one can't help but drool over.

There's also this guy, who is drool-worthy on his own:

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Sadly we'll still be drooling for at least another year because, in case you didn't already figure this out, the game STILL. DOES. NOT. HAVE. A. RELEASE. DATE.

Rumor has it you might be able to find the newest trailer somewhere on youtube. Now you didn't hear it from me but this might be a good place to start.

Watch while you can! And while you're there, you probably will notice some other trailers as well. That's because, and I only realized this after watching the Versus XIII trailer a million times and then cleaning myself up, Square showed off some other games as well. Namely the not-so-long-rumored Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy Dissidia 012 [Duodecim], and Kingdom Hearts 3DS: Dream Drop Distance.

faePuck has already written up a piece on the newest gay romantic comedy Kingdom Hearts title, which features Sora and Riku tag-team gameplay. They really know how to appeal to the gays. Eagle-eyed gaymers might noticed Sora running through and jumping off of what appears to be a bell-tower and into a large plaza. Hunchback of Notre Dame level anyone?

Check out that article here.

And while you're at it, check out Chunky Dunker's write up on the newest, poorly named, Dissidia.This time with hot shirtless Tidus on Jecht action! Daddy lovers are going to have a field day with this one!

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Also debuted was a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 on the PSP, formerly Final Fantasy Agito XIII for cell phones, which looks pretty awesome in its own right. Think Yugioh meets Harry Potter meets Final Fantasy and you've got yourself an intriguing game. Though announced at the same time as XIII and Versus-XIII, this title has been playing Jan Brady of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Bunch.

This new trailer shows off some new cinematics in addition to gameplay, and both look pretty darn fun. Lord knows we could all use more PSP games. I think I own about three.

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Now of course we couldn't talk about Square's big announcements without mentioning....this.

After registering a trademark for it merely days ago, sparking rumors that were almost immediately verified, Square is indeed planning to release Final Fantasy XIII-2. Just like the J-Pop infused Final Fantasy X-2, XIII-2 will be a direct sequel to XIII rather than a new entry in the series altogether. XIII creators Motomu Toriyama and Yoshinori Kitase have gone on record stating that so much of Final Fantasy XIII was left on the cutting room floor that an entire game could be made up from those scraps alone.

Now before we all get our designer undies in a bunch let's think this out. Final Fantasy X-2 may not have been the deepest game in the world, but on a technical level it was well made and had a great battle system that some preffered to X's. Maybe (read: hopefully) they'll do a similar battle system overhaul this time around. And you know you loved the dress spheres, gays. I certainly wouldn't mind a little J-Pop if it meant seeing Snow Villiers in a revealing new outfit.

What's more the cut content from XIII was mentioned to include more exploratory areas, namely towns, which would instantly remedy one of the biggest issues people had with XIII. It's not like the controversy surrounding XIII was lost on Square either; the company has gone on record that they realize the game was pretty much hit or miss, so perhaps they are using XIII-2 as an opportunity to get back into everyone's good graces? And with a release coming the same year it's announced, especially when compared to the insane dev time going into Versus XIII, you really can't be too upset. After all Square is giving us product that, according to sales, we are asking for.

I say rather than freak out we give Lightning and her fierce Valkyrie Profile-esque outfit a second chance. And let's be honest, without Vanille the only place this game can go is up!

Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kingdom Hearts 3ds: Dream Drop Distance, Final Fantasy Type-0, and Dissidia 012 [Duodecim] are all slated for release sometime in 2011. Hopefully they'll hold us over until Versus XIII finally comes out.

Or at least until the release date announcement.

8 Comments

fudgeman said:

Oh, SE. My hate and love for them has no bounds.

Awesome post.

Kite said:

Good article but I noticed something at the end.

You just implied that Vanille was a bad character. I think someone named Hope is much more deserving of that title.

Kite said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L64rIL9NlHc
The video for the Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer.

Rosa said:

Vanille was my favourite character in FF13. Complex, guilt-ridden, pathological liar, lesbian ...

The lack of her is what makes me not really interested in this sequel.

Gabe said:

What? Is it confirmed she's not coming back? (or are those suppositions?) Wow, Square has given me a pleasent surprise with this sequel and these other two (KH:3DS, final fantasy type-0) games being released THIS YEAR! I'm so excited! Imma have to replay FFXIII!

@Gabe

How would Vanille [or Fang] ever possibly come back? That whole planet would fall down if they were brought back to 'life'...

Gabe said:

@Chosenoneknuckles Tru that. *spoilers* But maybe after everyone drops down from Cacoon they may no longer need to remain holding it up.

Chris Taus said:

I was furious when they decided to cancel the PC version of FF13 at the last second because they estimated they would make almost as much profit if it were console exclusive because most who wanted it would buy it regardless of the platform. I would put Squarenix on my boycott list along with Sega if it weren't for the fact that I'm crazy and therefore collect the FF series.

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