Final Fantasy Versus XIII, XIII-2, Type-0 detailed in Dengeki
posted on 01.24.11 at 10:12 PM EDT by (@salromano)

This week’s issue of Dengeki PlayStation has huge coverage on Square Enix’s recently shown-off Final Fantasy titles, including four pages on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, two on Final Fantasy XIII-2, and four on Final Fantasy Type-0. While scans aren’t out yet, its details are!

The information, provided in bullets by our friends at Andriasang, can be found below. Keep your mouse on refresh; this post should update as new information comes in.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

  • The actual battle screen in the final game will show character names.
  • Some areas regarding how the battle screen shows commands will probably change for the final.
  • Magic has different effects depending on the character who uses it.
  • A young blonde male character shown in the magazine’s screenshots is good with guns. He alone has aiming controls and can aim for enemy weak spots.
  • When other characters use guns, they have just a normal lock-on.
  • The game has a large number of weapons. Main character Noctis can use them all.
  • Your battle party can have up to three members. However, the members who aren’t taking part in the battle will join in on conversations.
  • There are more party members than the four shown in the magazine. However, the game doesn’t have a massive number of party members.
  • Main character Noctis is not “cool.” He’s just a normal youth. He feels “I am strong,” but he’s not as strong as he thinks.
  • Some segments of the trailer show natural landscapes. These are like the fields you encounter in other games. The game will have time progression: morning, afternoon, evening and night.
  • Contrary to some theories, the dragon rider character who appears in the trailer is not heroine Stella. Nomura says he wouldn’t show Stella in such a state. The character you see in that sequence is an enemy.
  • You can steal army vehicles for your use. You can ride air ships, cars and Chocobos.
  • The blonde character shown in the trailer is Noctis’s friend. The other two characters are friends from Noctis’s childhood. The person with glasses is like Noctis’s tactician.
  • You’ll recall that someone in the trailer says “You’re not fit to be king,” or something to that effect. This statement is not directed at Noctis. (I think everyone assumed it was!)
  • Nomura says something along the lines of: This year, we have Type-0 and XIII-2, so please forget about Versus for a while. He asked that people be patient and understand that they’re trying to do something incredible.
  • At the earliest, we could see more from Versus XIII at E3.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

  • XIII-2′s story begins in Gran Pulse after the ending of XIII.
  • The story will feel like it expands out from the after story that was included in the booklet with Xbox 360′s Final Fantasy XIII International.
  • Outside of Lightning, other characters will appear in the game in unexpected forms. Some will see major changes.
  • XIII-2 is a full sequel. You’ll learn some of the things that took place in the background scenes of XIII.
  • The story will be more dark and mysterious than XIII’s.
  • The story will focus on the goddess Etro.
  • The game will not have the pop feel of Final Fantasy X-2.
  • The battle system will be an evolved form of XIII’s ATB system.
  • They’re listening to opinions both inside and outside of Square Enix and from outside of Japan regarding characters, story and interface.
  • There may be a difficulty setting.

Final Fantasy Type-0

  • The keyword for the battle system is “Magic in Action.” While you have weapons, magic is main.
  • A main concept is “It’s not necessary for everyone to gather.” The game has a multiplayer system that can be enjoyed by solo players too.
  • You can join other players’ games for three minutes. While you can extend this, Type-0 is not the type of game where you play together with other players continuously.
  • The game will have 12+2 main characters. This means that in addition to the 12 main characters, there will be two characters, Makina and Rem, in a different framework. These 12+2 characters will be your controllable party.
  • You can have up to three characters out in battle simultaneously. Once someone dies, other members will come out to help.
  • Until you come to the battle field, you move around the world map and execute a strategy.
  • As you play on your own, other players will gradually take part in the battle.
  • When you help other players, you earn points.
  • In general, your full party heads to the battle field together.
  • AdamBoy64

    Whoa, thanks for the article Sal.

    “The members who aren’t taking part in the battle will join in on conversations… However, the game doesn’t have a massive number of party members.”
    Both these things appeal to me a lot..

    I’m finding it hard to be patient – looks like this games still quite some time off yet…

  • Blades64

    “Please forget about Versus for a while.” This is some bull…

    You mean to tell me they’re going to release a sequel to a game that was supposed to come out ALONG SIDE Versus BEFORE Versus even comes out? I’m really disappointed by this.

    This game better be co-made by God, Nomura…

  • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

    Type-0 intel added.

    • Matt Arkana

      Hi! :$

  • Kurai Warrior

    Yeah I reaaally hope Versus doesn’t go into the shadows for more than 6 months again, that is really going to suck. I hate that they are gonna show us all this stuff just to yank it back into the shadows. I can’t believe XIII-2 is now the spotlight, when will there be room for Versus XIII?
    Although I will admit, the new details on XIII-2 have my interest peaked. Seems like they are going to fix the things that were wrong with XIII.

    I would love to see these two games at E3.

    Great details all around though, I’m looking forward to Versus XIII Nomura, don’t let us down.

    • whiteferrero

      it looks like 2012 is year of the versus though.

  • Kobracon

    Awesome info guys!

    “The game will not have the pop feel of Final Fantasy X-2 (I think this means no dancing Lightning booooo)”
    lol. Dancing Lightning, I, want, to, see!

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    Sweet and you even included Type 0.
    Im happy Nomura said the Dragoon lady is not Stella. I think Versus team should at least show us one summon. I will patiently wait for Versus because I think it will release late 2012.

    “Once someone dies, other members will come out to help.” I love that line.
    SE should of at least given us the name of the new male character in XIII. Im concerned about what they will do with the new battlesystem. The game being more dark makes sense in way according to Epidsode I and I still need to read the FNC mythology.
    I hope more news comes soon.

    ‘Once someone dies, other members will come out to help.”

  • Kurai Warrior

    Hey Sal, do you know if there are any new images that came along with this information?

    Also, damn we still have Famitsu tomorrow night and then the next night the HD trailers will come out. Fricken amazing 2 weeks for Square-Enix.

    • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

      Yeah. Famitsu should still leak tonight. Good thing, too, ’cause Famitsu leaks usually involve scans.

  • Falsate

    Agit0 team can have my money.

    • whiteferrero

      same here. haha

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    Great info. Everything about FFXIII-2 sounds great from the snippets we know, and Versus just sounds amazing. I was never really hyped for Agito/Type 0, but Im willing to give it some more look in, from this article, it seems to have potential.

  • http://vikifanatic.deviantart.com/ Mistral

    Wonderful info, Sal. It had gotten me excited. Definitely amazing.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/PrinceHeir# PrinceHeir

    i love the article :D

    cannot wait to see more of these games :P

  • milramyah

    Well glad to see versus xiii coming along quite nicely. Can’t wait to see footage of Nomura’s promised airships over the world map(well pseudo world map)!!!

  • aelmore1990

    I hope sazh, hope, and snow return

  • Ultima619

    XIII-2? kinda unexpected huh?