Six years ago today, Square Enix took center stage at Sony Computer Entertainment America’s E3 2006 press conference to reveal Fabula Nova Crystallis, a new series of Final Fantasy titles built around a common mythology. Three games - Final Fantasy XIII (PS3), Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3) and Final Fantasy Agito XIII (Mobile) – were announced. In 2010, Final Fantasy XIII launched worldwide for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In 2011, Final Fantasy Agito XIII, under the new name Final Fantasy Type-0, launched in Japan for PSP. And now, in 2012, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still to be dated.
Our last proper update on the game was in January 2011, when Square Enix released a 7-minute gameplay trailer for the action RPG, at the same time announcing Final Fantasy XIII-2 (which launched in January this year). A Famitsu interview after the event provided a plethora of new details on the title, with director Tetsuya Nomura mentioning a possible E3 2011 appearance. It, of course, did not show up at the expo last year, and is still unconfirmed to show up at this year’s event. In September, 240 days ago, it was confirmed to have only just gone into full production.
Since then, we’ve received tiny updates, but nothing more than teases to potential consumers:
- ‘This will be a Final Fantasy like none other’
- ‘Type-0 is done, now it’s Versus XIII‘s turn’
- ‘Versus XIII has moogles similar to Type-0‘s’
- ‘People will be excited when they next see Versus XIII‘
- ‘We’d like to make an announcement this year; you’ll see it running on PS3 hardware’
- ‘We’re almost ready to share new information’
- ‘Look for news on Versus XIII soon’
- ‘It takes time tackling the challenge of doing something new’
That’s Final Fantasy Versus XIII, for you. Nomura said before last year’s Tokyo Game Show that he has already decided on when he’ll show the game next. Whether that’s changed or not, we can only hope recent comments (the list is ordered from oldest to newest) mean we’ll see it, alongside a focused marketing campaign, soon.
Thanks for the reminder, Erren.