Final Fantasy Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura brings new information our way through his musings on The 3rd Birthday‘s Twitter account tonight.
Regarding the game’s development, Nomura says that ‘For Versus, there have been many difficulties, and past methods of production have been completely inapplicable, but these are the difficulties of birth, so we are working hard. We have a lot to announce, but because we’re going in order, I can’t say too much yet.” People have been inquiring as to how the field system will work, to which he replied, “It’s not a completely open world. It’s like the 2D FF games in HD.” Presumably this means it’ll be a lot like Final Fantasy XII or even Dragon Quest VIII‘s world map.
Referring to the magazine scans we saw a couple months ago with the on-field images, “That is to say, in terms of looks, it’s not a top-down view, it’s like the screenshots that have been released. You’ll move through the world from that view.”
By far the most relevant piece of news that Nomura shared was that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was now entering the voice casting phase. This is generally a good indication that the game is moving far along within the development stage. However, he also ruined any hopes of seeing anything at GamesCom this month, saying that it will be similar to E3; only The 3rd Birthday and Kingdom Hearts will be on display there.
One other thing that was briefly mentioned: Nomura is working on a number of titles that will be released before both Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Some have even had their voice recordings completed. Expect announcements on those out of Japan perhaps later this year.