Rumor: Final Fantasy Versus XIII No More? [Update]
The long developed game may have been canned.
The seemingly never-ending saga of Final Fantasy Versus XIII continues!
Update: In a tweet earlier today, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Iwada denied the claims that FF Versus XIII has been cancelled.
"Someone has been spreading a false rumor that Versus has been canceled, it seems," says Wada in the tweet. "[Laughs.] Just now, we finished our regular Versus meeting. If you could see the city in today’s presentation it would sweep you off your feet."
So the rumors of Versus' untimely demise may be wildly exaggerated. It bears mentioning, however, that no one has seen this game in quite some time, and the last time a company asserted that a long-developed game was still in production was Starcraft: Ghost. (Original story appears below)
Square Enix had big plans for Final Fantasy XIII. The 2010 release was to be the first in the Fabula Nova Crystalis saga; a series of separate games that would explore different aspects of the Final Fantasy XIII lore. The most notable of these other games was the awkwardly named Final Fantasy Versus XIII. First announced way back in 2006, the game was known more for its impressive CG trailers and lengthy development time than anything else. Now we’ve learned that it’s entirely possible that those traits will be the only claim to fame the game has, as it seems as if Versus XIII is no more.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII had been making its way into the headlines again recently, mainly due to the fact that the game had been completely MIA from any events held by Square Enix or other industry showcases. A rumor before E3 led people to believe that the game was actually being rebranded as Final Fantasy XV, but this ended up being a hoax.
Or was it? Sources within Square Enix recently told Kotaku that Versus XIII has gotten the proverbial axe, and that this has occurred in the past few weeks. Some of those same sources claim that the game is being rolled into the fifteenth mainline Final Fantasy game, but it’s unclear if their meaning was that the game’s assets, story, and game mechanics would be the basis for FF XV, or if the staff was simply moving onto the team for that game.
Whatever the case, it seems as if Square Enix would rather let this project die quietly instead of making an official press release. The reasons for that are manifold, but the core reason would be the hit that the announcement could make for the company’s stock offerings. With Final Fantasy XIII not hitting the normal high review scores as the rest of the main series and XIV being a debacle since launch, another bit of bad news surrounding the franchise would be very detrimental to the company. Beyond that, announcing the cancellation of a greatly anticipated Final Fantasy game during Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary celebrations would not go over well.
We’re still waiting on some sort of official statement regarding the fate of this game, and we know that there’s at least some news on the horizon regarding the franchise. While the prevailing sentiment is that a third game in the Final Fantasy XIII series will be announced, at this point it could be anything.