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Final Fantasy Versus XIII Rumored to be Vaporware

I just...-sigh-

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From our friends at Kotaku:

Kotaku has heard from several sources that the game, as originally intended, is done for.

One source tells Kotaku that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was officially cancelled within the last few weeks. The decision impacted morale at Square Enix and staff were reportedly saddened by the move.

Square Enix, this source added, has also decided to let Final Fantasy Versus XIII die quietly on the vine and fade away, instead of officially announcing its cancellation.

Now before we let our knees jerk, as they always do, we do have to remember that this is, as of now, merely a rumor from unidentified sources. Square-Enix has yet to provide a comment, though with the suspicion of a quiet cancellation, it makes sense why they wouldn't. But as with any rumor, let's take it with a grain of salt. For now.


The last Final Fantasy Versus XIII was heard from was in January 2011, when the first gameplay trailer for the game was released. It has regularly been absent from major gaming conventions like the Tokyo Game Show, E3, and even from some of Square's own private events. Originally announced in 2006 alongside Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type 0 (then known as Agito XIII) the game has had a notoriously long dev-cycle and little to show for it, with many theorizing that it would ultimately become vaporware.

The rumors of cancellation do come with some smidgen of hope, though:

Another source tells Kotaku that, a few months back, Final Fantasy Versus XIII's development and resources had actually been folded into another game, which is to be the next numeric Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XV.

So not all is lost.

From a business stand point it would be foolish for Square Enix to have invested so much money, their highest profile dev team led by their star child Tetsuya Nomura, and the better part of a decade working on a project to then just drop it altogether. Re-purposing however much of the game there is (assets, code, game mechanics, staff) to another project is the most logical thing they could do given the circumstances.

Part of me wonders if Square Enix is intentionally rebranding this title as Final Fantasy XV in hopes of putting as much distance between it and the incredibly divisive Final Fantasy XIII.

But again, this is all merely rumor and speculation. Until we get any kind of official statement from Square Enix the game is, for all intents and purposes, still being made. However given how little of the game has been shown in the past six yars, and it's absence from this year's E3, if this bad boy doesn't show up at the Tokyo Game Show or Square's own event in late August...I'd say we can call this chocobo cooked.

One good thing to come out of all of this, though: If the game really has been cancelled, maybe Kingdom Hearts 3 can finally get rolling.

Now back to your regularly scheduled knee-jerk reactions. Here's mine:

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13 Comments

Yuppie said:

Wasn't the vocal Versus song from the trailer added as DLC for Theatrhythm?...

wohdin said:

I'm really skeptical about all this. It sounds more like a huge misunderstanding, and hopefully in the upcoming weeks SqEx will clear all of this up.

It wasn't long at all that they announced Versus 13 was finally put into full production. It's gonna take a little while to get enough work done to display in public as a preview, without just once again rehashing what little they had in the beginning.

AJ said:

I hope this isn't true...

This is one of the only FF games I've truly been excited for for years...

Quistis said:

If it was cancelled, I wouldn't really surprised. If the game is still somehow in development, I look forward to the non-playable real time tech demo of it in 2016 E3.

Mikey said:

Make a god damn Chrono Trigger sequel. An actual sequel.

Final Fantasy has so many sequels I've literally lost track of what's out there. They've lost their sense of fantasy, to me, anyways. The characters are too ridiculous to care about, the stories are too complicated and melodramatic, etc.

I know they're JRPGs, and I love a good JRPG...but the Final Fantasy series has become one that is way more J than it is RPG. We need to get more USA based companies making RPGs (and not ones that try to look Japanese).

Nemiceis said:

If they really did can this title completely, I will never buy another game from square-enix. This game was the reason I bought a PS3. How far square and enix have fallen since the merger...

Cc said:

Mikey, check out radiant historia

MercuryWater said:

It would be better for it to become 15...but for once the rumour is likely true...DAMN YOU SQUENIX. I hope someone just claimed this because everyone thought it was going to die anyways but..but...

Lorie said:

I know they're JRPGs, and I love a good JRPG...but the Final Fantasy series has become one that is way more J than it is RPG. We need to get more USA based companies making RPGs (and not ones that try to look Japanese).
Good ol' xenophobes. Them Japanese are too-"J"...y'know "J"...Like...NOT 'MERICAN!!! So not good! WTF? All things should be your idea of American no matter where they are made? Guess what? Other countries make things for their cultures not for you.

Chosenoneknuckles said:

I hope it has ceased to be, tbh. Looked like a shoddy movie-fest. And too 'real'.

Series lost it's spirit and sense of fantasy after X.

Silver Phoenix said:

I could give a flying fuck about this minimally exposed game that has been 6 years in the making, and I have no idea why people are so hyped for a game they've seen next to nothing about.

There is more news coming on the FFXIII series in the next few weeks, most likely XIII-3 and possibly Versus. Tokyo Game Show is also on the horizon and that is where SE would focus it's announcements.

At this point I wouldn't be surprised if they did cancel Versus simply for the fact that they had no idea where they were going with it.

Mikey said:

Excuse you, I'm not a xenophobe. Not at all.

I'm saying that infusing SO much of the Japanese culture into some games takes me out of the story or fantasy. Sometimes it's because I can't relate. There is a lot of Japanese folklore in games that are supposed to be set in a generic place, or a fantasy world where Japan doesn't exist.

Chrono Trigger. The perfect example of how to tell a fantasy story that anyone can relate to. The world in CT is it's own world, with it's own style and legends. If CT had a scene where the gang hung out eating at a 50s-style burger joint - it would have taken me out of the game just as much as seeing them go to a stereotypical sushi bar.

Then there's the issue of Japanese-made games where almost all of the men are lanky, pale emo boys that are almost sexless, and could easily pass as women. And then the actual women are overly sexualized, or stupid/immature, or damsels in distress. There's a lot of sexism in Japanese stuff. Anime, anyone? JRPGs have become super stereotypical.

I don't want the RPGs to be "MERRRRRRRRICAN!". I want them to be unique and original, if the universe they're taking place in is supposed to be one that isn't ours. Obvious examples of Japanese culture and legends and customs don't belong in that kind of game. Same goes for American.

Sami said:

Andriasang.com had an article that Squenix is going to make an announcement about the future of the FF XIII franchise on the 1st of September. I for one will be biting my tongue before that.

http://andriasang.com/con201/ffxiii_developments/

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