Rumor: Final Fantasy Versus XIII canceled
posted on 07.20.12 at 04:42 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Decided "within the last few weeks," claim sources.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII is dead, according to “several sources” of Kotaku. In their words, “the game, as originally intended, is done for.” 

The Tetsuya Nomura-directed Final Fantasy was announced at E3 six years ago, and saw its latest major update in the form of a seven minute trailer in January 2011. Since then, Nomura has repeatedly asked fans to be patient. His latest request was in May. Before that, in March, he said he was almost ready to share new information on the game.

According to Kotaku’s sources, the game was officially cancelled “within the last few weeks.” Rather than make an official announcement, Square Enix has chose to let it die quietly and fade away, as it fears it could impact the company’s stock prices.

One source told the site that a few months ago, Final Fantasy Versus XIII‘s “development and resources” were folded over to the company’s next, numbered production, Final Fantasy XV. It is unclear whether that means the game’s actual assets and code were moved over, or simply the staff. Another source added that he had learned of the “folding” prior to the more recent cancellation news.

Asked if the game was still in development, Square Enix told Kotaku: “We have no information on the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII.”

Adding to these rumors is the lack of the game’s presence at the earlier announced Final Fantasy 25th anniversary event in Shibuya, which features stage events for Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIV, and the 15th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII.

Contrary to Kotaku’s report, at E3 in June, we heard through sources of friends that Nomura is still at work on the game and is preparing a new trailer for the Tokyo Game Show. It should also be noted that “Somnus,” a track from Final Fantasy Versus XIII, is available as download content for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. I would think it to be a bit odd for the game to have a track from a canceled Final Fantasy.

  • leokiko

    Oh God.

  • Fantasytales

    yep is cancelled,it has to be anyway its been to damn long i was really looking forward to that game

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

    daaaaaaaaamn!!!!!!!!

    so will Hiroyuki Ito’s game will be FFXV??

    i wonder what Nomura feels??

    • milramyah

      The loss of Versus would be tragic but I would love a Hiroyuki Ito Final Fantasy. I love VI and XII. IX is my favorite game of all time. If there is a man that can save Final Fantasy, it is him.

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

        well either way i look forward to see either this(please still be alive) or Ito’s game

        i forgot if they’re pulling another The Last Remnant PS3 style(meaning no mention of such project watsoever)
        then wow square enix just wow

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/Azureflame14?feature=mhee AzureFlame24

        Mr Hironobu Sakaguchisaid the same thing.

        Please Square Enix replay..

  • Fenrir

    WHAT!!!! Are you kidding me!?
    Then again, Kotaku isn’t exactly the source for professional journalism or reports. Probably a rumor then.

    • Rezar

      I don’t trust Kotaku when it comes to gaming news. I trust Gematsu.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Before anyone goes making any definite calls, remember this is just a rumor. And I don’t think it makes much sense to toss away 6 years of work.

    • rockman29

      Actually, it does make a lot of sense. It costs money to be in production.

      None of us know how far along they are. A statement like that is nothing more than conjecture. The only thing we can be sure of is we still don’t know what’s going on.

  • Sovereign Gale

    I read this whole thing with a straight face, man. Literally. Years ago, I would have probably cried myself to sleep, but now… I feel nothing. It’s been WAY too long.

  • AuroraXIII

    Wait until after Tokyo Game Show before making any conclusions.
    They wouldn’t have included Somnus in Theatrhythm if they planned to kill the game.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Good note. I’ve added that to the article.

    • syaznifaiq

      i want to share something .. An upcoming Japanese event coming up in Tokyo in late August and September .One of the stage events is centered around the Final Fantasy XIII Project and the Lightning saga ( the announcement of
      Final Fantasy XIII-3 ? ) . and it’s confirmed not to be featuring Final Fantasy Versus XIII . .

      After six years, I think everyone knew, deep down, it was never coming out.

  • hoez

    Yeah, this is probably not true. :/

  • whiteferrero

    Can you imagine the sh*tstorm. lol.
    Anyway, I think this is just a baseless rumor. :D

  • barklight

    You know what’s so similar between this rumor and God?
    I don’t believe in both of them.

  • Charlie

    Reading the title made my heart break into itty, bitty little pieces. Luckily, nothing is set in stone yet.

  • Rock Raiyu

    This better not be true…or I’ll…I’ll…I don’t know what I’ll do :(

  • EspadaKiller

    Hope that this doesn’t happen, it’s one of my most anticipated game :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    No!

  • DarthBrian

    LOLTaku. Their sources suck.

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

    ow i Feeling Hurt…What if This True ?

    im Waiting FFVXIII Long Time when i Was 12 Years :(

  • http://chaosraiden.blogspot.com/ Chaos Raiden

    Cancelling the game is much better than making us FF fans waiting for the game indefinitely and hopelessly.

  • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

    If square cancels it I will never buy from them again :

  • Talbot

    It’s funny because cancelling it at all would send their stock prices crashing down regardless of how they do it.

  • RedWolfe

    Funny thing is i honestly don’t care anymore. It’s been too long for me to actually give a single fuck about this game. GG square.

  • wade010

    Personally, I like this news. I look forward to the close of the FF XIII saga, in hindsight the worst entry in the series, Versus would have been a very awkward entry, and most likely, another disappointment. Close out the saga with XIII-3 and start anew!

    I’m looking forward FFXV Hiroyuki Ito will not disappoint.

  • xMCXx

    SE’s very own Duke Nukem! Be proud!

  • Anime101210

    Will Not BELIEVE this rumor unless there is nothing at TGS this year! I mean this is supposed to be one of the most hyped games from Square and the trailer showed LAST YEAR shows that the game is playing smooth and is looking good (although we dont know if that was running on PS3 or not).

    Add to this that this was supposed to be the game that gives them the layout to make a console Kingdom Hearts game and if this is cancelled, I doubt they would allow them to make a new Kingdom Hearts on a console (considering Vs. XIII was to be used as basically a prototype for KH on a console).

    I just dont see this happening, although if nothing is seen at TGS year, I fear for the worse:(

    • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

      Im with you

  • RyougaZell

    To be honest I stopped reading kotaku because of baseless rumors.

  • bleach630

    time to kill wada

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    I’m done with Square Enix. This some BS. I’ve been waiting 6 years. Its not fair at all they have people waiting and want to force people to buy that shitty FF XIII. I know its a rumor but knowing Square Enix you just can’t help to trust them. I guess TGS 2012 we find out whats going on.

    • Locksus

      I wouldn’t exactly say they’re “forcing” you to buy 13. Otherwise I agree. If they’ve canceled it they should just admit it. Stuff like this annoys their customers even more.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        I’m saying theirs no other FF this gen beside FF XIII & FF XIII-2. Their are people out there who bought FF XIII to see what it was like but didn’t feel like it needed a sequel but guess what Square Enix forced FF XIII-2 out when not a lot of people wanted it.

        • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

          Yeah,this crap isnt acceptable

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            I’m just waiting till TGS 2012 right now at this point and if they don’t give us a public trailer of the game with a release date then I’m officially done with them. I want a release date because I don’t want to sit through another year hoping and wishing for them to announce a date.

            • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

              Yeah if it isnt at tgs,I’ll try and forget it,and never buy square until its in my hands

  • bebestorm117

    I don’t believe this it would be devastating to the company to cancel their most wanted game.

  • LovesJapanManga

    Square-Enix really needs to step in, to confirm whether those rumors are true or not. They don’t need to drag themselves in the mud if this continues. So, that way, we can put this question to rest and move on. But truthfully, I think it was cancelled given almost no concrete information on how this game is going. But somewhere deep inside me, I really hope that this project is still alive, not being cancelled. Fingers crossed.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Man, what is this? Final Fantasy rumor week? So many random rumors popping up the last few days.

    Well, what can I even say about this? Where to begin?

    I suppose I’ll start with saying, no, I don’t buy this rumor either. Even if they don’t show it as TGS, I’m not gonna jump on the game is canceled bandwagon.

    Look, this has been an ongoing rumor for a few years now. I’m not sure who the Kotaku sources are, but not providing more detail than they did… really doesn’t help to raise the credibility of the rumor.

    The way they presented it, I could type up the same article and post it on the web. I’m not claiming they are flat out lying, it just doesn’t really bring much new to the table, in terms of the game is canceled rumor.

    I’m a firm believer that they were forced to kinda pause development of the game because of the engine issues. I have always believed this is where the delays started. I’ll even suggest that Nomura-san, himself, has hinted at this time and time again.

    Now, sure, I’ll take a moment here to comment on the possibility of this being real. What if it is? I think the most believable part of the article is the abandoning of the name, Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

    In fact, I’ve suggested they removed 13 from the name and go with Final Fantasy Versus for sometime now. If they did decide to just name it Final Fantasy 15, I wouldn’t be all that surprised.

    And why would you try and let the game die “quietly” as kotaku put it. That never works, and Square-Enix would be foolish to think it ever could. Yet another reason I don’t buy this addition to the rumor.

    I also agree with Sal, so many assets from the game already exist. You don’t just flush all of that down the drain. For example, they used all the bonus assets they had from developing 13, to help make the sequel to the game. This is usually how it works.

    The opposite tends to occur when you run out of money. When the publisher pulls the plug and kicks the developers to the curb. That’s part of what happened with the Duke Nukem game. I highly doubt Square-Enix is out of money to spend on a project being developed/lead by the kingdom hearts team. (Almost comical.)

    I don’t think they would be able to hide something like that. And I also can’t be sure Nomura-san would be able to continue working for the company if the game was canceled. This was his baby, his project, I don’t see him letting it die and just shrugging his shoulders and moving on.

    And all of this is leading up another point I’ll make right here. This goes against everything Square-Enix has been doing lately. How so?

    They released a huge stinker in FF14. Instead of just killing it, they decided to put more money into it. They decided to fix the game, and surprised everyone with that decision. It started before that, with the willingness to go out and try and purchase studios that many labeled as dying at the time.

    Let’s not try and sugarcoat it, Eidos was not doing very good. And if Square-Enix has not decided to buy them, we would likely never have got Deus Ex HR, and we would be talking about how sad it is (Insert series name here) Tomb Raider (Example) is dead. They rolled the dice with Eidos, and spent cash on a big maybe. They also tried to buy Koei before the merge with Tecmo.

    We can also talk about Sleeping Dogs. The True Crime series has never been amazing, but this is by far the most promising game in the franchise. Activision, well, they disagreed and pulled the plug on United Front Games. Showed them the door. Six months later, who comes in to save the game? You guessed it, Square-Enix does.

    They have been taking chances the last few years, willing to gamble on games and studios others have quite frankly given up on, or flat out kicked to the curb. These actions aren’t common, and I’ve really admired Square-Enix lately for this.

    Like I said, pulling the plug on a big game is not something they have been doing lately, not at all. They have been willing to support struggling projects, and take chances. All the sudden they decided to pull the plug on Versus? After all of the chances they have taken? It just doesn’t make any sense.

    • TheDarkCloud

      I agree with what you say. Especially in this part “In fact, I’ve suggested they removed 13 from the name and go with Final Fantasy Versus for sometime now. If they did decide to just name it Final Fantasy 15, I wouldn’t be all that surprised.” I think (my opinion) they were forced to change the plot a bit, maybe not completely hooked with FFXIII (history, gods, etc.) and chose to change and give other format and give out as FFXV.
      But is my opinion or maybe it’s what I want. I’ll take what he Sal says “is just a rumor”, nothing more.
      Perhaps these things help to maintain an expectation and people will not stop talking about the game and when you least expect PUM there you have it!.

    • 浪黒雷 (ロークロライ/ro-kurorai)

      Amen to that, brother. I intended to share my thoughts on that rumor as well but you already mentioned anything I had in mind and then some. I bought my PS3 for FFvXIII and I’m convinced Nomura-san gets the funding and resources to see his baby through.

      This year marks the first opportunity for me to visit TGS in person (usually I’m just watching the conferences, as I do with E3, only attending GamesCom as I am no journalist); how awesome would it be to play the latest build (demo) of FFvXIII and talk to Nomura-san. I have faith in SE and Nomura-san and I’m certain it’s in Sony’s interest to keep supporting the team and consequently getting the best FF of this generation as a PS3 exclusive. Can’t imagine Sony pulling the plug on this one. Agent, possibly – FFvXIII, way too high profile.
      Letting it die off silently would be a huge disgrace to SE and one the fans wouldn’t be likely to forget anytime soon.
      All those rumors make the wait for TGs way more exciting.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        Thanks for the kind replies, @ TheDarkCloud &
        @ 浪黒雷 (ロークロライ/ro-kurorai)

        And thanks to everyone for the up votes.

        I appreciate the support.

        And @ 浪黒雷 (ロークロライ/ro-kurorai)

        I can’t express how jealous I am of you. =P I would love to go to TGS. It would be incredibly awesome to play a demo of Versus and talk with Nomura-san. I’m glad to see you, and others, still have some faith in Square-Enix.

        Be sure and drop by our open forum when you are at TGS. I would love to discuss what you get to experience at the show with you!

        • 浪黒雷 (ロークロライ/ro-kurorai)

          I’d love that. I’m studying in Tokyo the next semester (Sept.-Mar), so visiting TGS is a no-brainer. Gonna take my old, trusty cam with me and share some photos.

          I still have faith in Nomura-san, he’s like the last bastion left at SE’s own development studio. I don’t necessarily share the same sentiment towards Kitase and the other suits at SE, but that’s irrelevant now. vXIII is Nomura’s baby, I can’t imagine SE and Sony turning their backs on him, especially after that lengthy development period.

  • FaithlessMr

    Eh, Kotaku. Thing is, I’ve been saying for a while myself that this game has been going through some hard times, and it wouldn’t surprise me if SE indeed cancelled it at any given point in this game’s development lifespan. However, it would be a huge waste of resources if they simply pulled the plug after all this years.

    Also, as AuroraXIII so well mentioned, there’s the whole theathrythm thingamajig, even tho that wouldn’t prevent them from cancelling the game if they so decided eventually.

  • hush404

    If true, I think I’m done with square. The single most anticipated title from them get’s scrapped and we’re hearing rumors of XIII-3? The hell with that.

    • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

      Im with you,Ive waited 6 years of being jerked around,this would be too far

      • hush404

        It’s not just this though. A lot of decisions I see them making over the last few years makes me weary as hell. There’s a number of studios and publishers out there right now that seem to be doing the fanbase of RPGs much more service than Square seems to. Square seems to be becoming bloated and thus, more focused on making profit over actually thinking about what fans are looking for.

        • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

          Oh I agree,Nomura seems to be the last guy whocares at square :(

  • Yuri4prez

    I don’t really believe this rumor. Nobody would be stupid enough to waste that much money, time, and resources for years just to throw it all away.

    I’m not saying it’s impossible, but there would be no logical reason for that.

    I would still love to see Versus come out ONE DAY. I have stopped waiting for it, and just put my attention to other things. If it never does, that would surely suck, but it’s not like it’s going to be coming out anytime soon anyway.

    I will wait for official confirmation on this before I fully give up on the game.

  • mye89

    This could be a great things: If there just essentially changing the name to FF15

    This could be just a rumor: Although kotaku is actually pretty good at finding good rumor.

    This could be what finally prove that SE is directed by complete moron: IMO if there really canceling it for good, then they should just declare bankruptcy and release all there good IP for good studio to use. I could see Atlus taking over FF.

  • LordKaiser

    This game can’t be cancelled. SE reputation depends on it. But if it does happens I want Nomura to leave SE and join another game company.

  • Amaterasu

    Maybe this means that they just decided to go different direction with the game rather than cancel the project all together. It could explain why we’ve heard next to nothing about it. Maybe they realized that they wanted to try something else and went back to the drawing board so to speak?

  • Kobracon

    After six years….my hype for this game has pretty much died…..half of me wishes this is false but half of me actually wish this is true so the KH team can start working on KINGDOM HEARTS 3! COME ON, NOMURA! WE’VE WAITED LONG ENOUGH! *pant pant pant*……sorry…..

    • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

      Thank square and their douchy buisness style

  • HanPaul

    Rumors……
    I’ll believe it if it comes from Square Enix’ dirty dirty mouths

  • talesoffan

    If true I’m boycotting SE once and for all. Failure of a company.

  • Fenrir

    Hey, I just found this link (lord knows several people probably have and I’m just late for the party :P) but, is THIS even true? It’s not quite valid enough but neither was Kotaku eh?
    http://playstationgang.com/final-fantasy-versus-xiii-is-not-canceled/
    http://www.thegamingvault.com/2012/07/rumor-fantasy-final-fantasy-versus-xiii-cancelled-or-is-it/
    Now that I think about it, I doubt that it would have ever been completely cancelled, the idea alone is kind of silly. Hopefully it will make an appearence at TGS. :)