Square: Final Fantasy Versus XIII still in development

Reports of the game's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

July 24, 2012 / 05:52 AM EDT / (@admeady)

Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still in development, according to Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada.

In a post on Twitter, Wada said he had just attended a meeting about the game’s development.

The tweet reads: “It appears someone is spreading false rumors of Versus XIII‘s cancellation. Ha ha… just now, a regular Versus meeting ended. If you saw the city presented today, you would be unable to stand, lol.”

The tweet comes after “several sources” tied to Kotaku claimed that the game was canceled, and that it would be allowed to “die quietly on the vine and fade away” to avoid damaging the publisher’s stock prices.

Originally announced in 2006, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is set to be released on PlayStation 3. Eventually.

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  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Good to hear it :D
    I cannot wait for this game,lets have this gen go out with a Bang

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      I saw your deleted comment down below with the link. I know they didn’t just say they want their rumors to be true. Really, so what they’re saying is they wanted the Versus XIII rumor to be true because they know majority of their rumors are usually wrong. I knew they had something against the game. Now they look retarded and probably lost a lot of people that go on to their site.

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Yeah Kotaku as well as many sites are biased against japanese games,its sad really.

        • KingOptimusOrigins111

          I know, just really sad.

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            Did you see how they treated dragons Dogma?It was just wrong,that game was great but they were out to trash it since day 1

            • KingOptimusOrigins111

              I haven’t bought the game yet because of other games I had to pick up but I played the demo and it was great. I didn’t like how they reviewed it. They’re just not professional just like IGN.com

              • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                Yeah the game is great,not perfect but it is by far my favorite open world game ever,and man is it fun killing giant beast

  • Devoted

    I just wonder what goes on at a “regular Versus meeting”..

    “So team, how’s the game not coming along?” xD

    Also, good to hear this even though, personally, I’ll only believe Versus’ continued existence after some hard evidence… We’ve all seen our share of “that isn’t happening/didn’t happen!” and then…..

    • FaithlessMr

      I understand, but at the same time it would put SE in an ever worse position if after Wada’s reassurances, they actually cancel this or everyone realises he was just flat out lying, lol.

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

    Wow so you need to sit and using safety belt to play Versus.
    Anyway, can’t wait to see the presentation of the city!!!

  • Talbot

    *claps*

    Well done, Kotaku. You got the hits and a bone from the head honcho himself. Too bad your reputation is sort of in the mud.

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

    Good to hear that this game is not cancelled, but I hope we will get a new trailer or more new information about this game soon since there isn’t much news since the game’s lengthy 2011 trailer.

  • Zuhri69

    Good job Kotaku. I actually think that the reason why Kotaku conjured the whole thing was to force SE hand to respond. And they indeed respond, for something they never actually give responds to. So, all in all good job Kotaku.

  • Anime10121

    And, I guess that’ll teach people not to jump the gun on Kotaku’s “rumors” anymore when they dont list a possible source :D

    I knew there was no way they’d ever cancel Vs. with all the fan anticipation it had. Especially considering Wada recently said they wanted to create games better than FFVII (although IMO they already have). The trailer they showed last year knocked everybody off their feet and I remember seeing nothing but praise when they showed it.

    And one more thing that let me know the rumor was false was it talking about letting Vs. fade so that it would not effect their stock, isnt that kinda ILLEGAL. Kotaku’s full of crap and thats the reason I stopped visiting that site years ago! And the sad thing is, they used to actually be pretty respectable (what with their report on Home years back).

    NTWays, my hype for TGS this year is rising exponentially :)

  • Charlie

    I knew it. I’m pretty sure 90% of FF fans knew as well.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Bam chica bam chica bam bam bam!

    :D

  • DarthBrian

    This news gets a big old ‘duh’ from me. I knew Loltaku’s sources couldn’t be trusted.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

    On a serious note:

    I knew deep down the game was still in development. When I heard the rumor I was sad and angry but I never gave up on the game. I believe Kotaku deserves to give a apology to all the FF Versus XIII fans who have been waiting 6 years for this game for almost causing another outrage like when FF XIII went multiplat.

    For them to post a BS rumor when they didn’t even have a named source and on a weekend when Square had no chance to respond, shows they have no credibility. I can see if they had a named source but no they didn’t. They also need to give a apology to Square Enix because they could have cause the sales on future Final Fantasy games to go down.

    To the people who believe it was cancelled and I kept telling them its not enjoy this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHt40yobses

    To the people who believed the game was still alive enjoy this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ALwKeSEYs

    And this what I feel like doing to Kotaku right now
    (DON’T WATCH IF YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED GOD OF WAR III OR SCARED OF KRATOS):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEQc8n-844k

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      I don’t think you understand the concept of sources. -__-

      If you name a source, you’re basically getting the guy fired.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        No, I get it but I never trust rumors that don’t have a named source. Given Kotaku’s history well it pretty much shows you their always wrong and did it for hits. -_-

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          It’s always possible. But those allegations are too big for me to assume. I think they were simply misinformed. As I’ve said before, Kotaku has their hits and misses when it comes to rumors.

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            I get where your coming from Sal and I understand the Enix employees could have lose their job but think about it did the rumor say anything about the sources coming from within Square no it could have been Kotaku found a Japanese gaming site that’s not popular and use the them as the unnamed source so Kotaku can get hits.

            • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

              That’s not how these things work. The article would have had a link to the site, and explicitly stated that said rumor was from said website. Though, it probably wouldn’t have posted the rumor to begin with, if it was an unpopular, and probably untrustworthy, website. Kotaku’s sources were exclusive to Kotaku. Whether or not they were from within Square, I couldn’t say.

    • Charlie

      Curse you! I’ve been watching that Scrubs clip for more than 30 mins now.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        lol!!!

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler
  • RyougaZell

    And like I said last time… Kotaku lost its quality ages ago and shouldn’t be believed.

    • Adam Meadows

      You have to remember though, that in any large organisation there’s always likely to be rumors among employees. Kotaku could have made this up, of course. Square could also have started the rumor via this source for the sake of drumming up some ‘look here’ attention from the press.

      • RyougaZell

        I do understand rumors. But I personally don’t trust that site. And every site cited kotaku as source for this rumor in their news

  • sll1cool1m

    He just talks casually like “omg lol totally not true, we got so much done already” WHY DONT YOU FRIKKIN SHOW SOME FOOTAGE THEN ?!? Seriously, I’d rather have this project canceled then waiting for another 7 years.

  • xMCXx

    Good to hear, but still……Show us the damn city then!

  • bebestorm117

    Im pleased to hear this news though I never believed it was cancelled.

  • Revorse

    Was there ever any doubt? If Square was to cancel a game that they had hyped up for so long it’d be pretty bad. But speaking of hype, when it does come out people will still be upset, but that’s another story.

  • hush404

    <3 I am happy today.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    So it looks like our next update, at the very least then, will be at TGS in late September. Hoping Famitsu or Dengeki run a preview of the game beforehand, though. Maybe something unexpected, like they did after E3 2010.

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Hi Sal, are you visiting TGS this year?

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        If I was rich, yeah. ;-)

        But no, sadly, I am not. :-(

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          I can’t understand why CESA does not decide to sponsor your flight. It is a shame as your site is one of the best games-news sites on the net covering Japanese gaming news media prominently. SE is the only one I consider as good as Gematsu in this regard.

          As my university’s schedule is extremely tight I can only attend Sunday, Sep. 23rd but I’ll try to note down my impressions and post some photos asap.

          • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

            It’d be nice if it worked like that, but alas, it does not. The bigger publications make enough money off of hits and ad revenue to pay for such trips without financial backlash. My two trips to E3, for example, were both paid out of pocket.

            I’m looking forward to hearing your impressions from the show floor. And if you ever feel like writing something about it, you’re always free to contact me.

            最初にどのゲームを遊ぼうかなと決めて楽しんでね!

            • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

              The bigger publication’s articles on TGS are sometimes “modest” if I may say so. Looking forward to either an avalanche of Vita-bashing if games are only announced for Japan or the press’ 180 if they are announced for the west as well.

              E3 is an event I will most likely never attend, for which I envy you. As an European gamer (non-journalist) such a trip would be costly and fruitless. I’m grateful conferences are streamed live as they contain the crucial reveals. Gonna do the same for GamesCom starting this year. Been to GamesCom 2011 and it was disappointing. Waiting two hours in order to play a time-limited E3 demo that’ll be available on PSN shortly before a game launches ain’t fun. According to my 3DS I did roughly 8k steps each day, my feet were killing me afterwards.
              As a journalist it’s fun as you can enter an hour early and check out your most wanted games at leisure. Never gonna visit GamesCom again as a “mere” visitor, watching the conferences instead.

              Somehow I’ve got a hunch that TGS will be big this year and have a much bigger impact than E3. Without MS around all the world’s gaming press will focus their attention on Sony and I believe they won’t disappoint.
              I’ll submit my impressions and photos asap, really looking forward to it.

              ただの一日間は本当に非常に苦しいですが四、五日本ゲームを選びます。多分最初はFFXHDとFFvXIIIを遊んでメチャクチャ綺麗なCGI動画を見てよだれを垂らします。その他はPSVの一番面白い日本ゲームを遊びたいと有名なデベロッパーを会いたい。たとえば野村哲也さんや吉田修平さんです。このなかに一番大切な事はFFvXIIIと野村さんです。ぜひ今年の東京ゲームショーに楽しみます。どうもありがとうございました、サルさん。

  • Devoted

    I *hope* this won’t begin a.. less than polite conversation. I’m a big FF fan and got as pissed at the rumour as I got happy from reading Imperial Hot’s tweet.

    That said, and not wanting to focus on another site: how is reporting on a rumour and clearly stating it’s a rumour, a “bad practice”, when it’s fairly common int he videogame journalist industry?

    We can’t know if/how they checked their sources (which, to the best of my understanding, would simply be standard journalistic practice) and the only things we have go by are (1) kotaku’s track record with rumours (which I’m unaware of) and (2) our own expectations/desires towards a game that we all want BADLY, but from which we haven’t heard in… ages. I just want to understand better, that’s all.

    This being said: fck yeah! and I hope this isn’t simply a way to gain some time and that we’ll see serious footage and gameplay soon.

    *braces himself for the coming storm*

    • FaithlessMr

      To be honest, journalism isn’t going live with rumours, unless you have some proof or at least can reveal one of our sources.

      I remember not long ago when Kotaku and other websites went live with this breaking news that Type-0 and Tales of Innocence R and Monster Hunter were all coming to the west, and even showed an image as proof…image which had been photoshopped earlier that day by a user in 4chan or something.

      That shows what’s wrong with videogame journalism. Nothing against Kotaku or the people working there (even though you are aware I don’t like some of their views on gaming and the way they ran the whole thing, but those are nitpicks mostly), but I think they should be more careful with what they post, as should other videogame journalists and websites.

  • http://neogaf.com/forum Seda

    good

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alan-Mail/9010356 Alan Mail

    it will be DATED at tgs

    neogaf confirmed that

    never listen to kotaku

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      NeoGAF did not “confirm” anything.

      One of the mods, my friend Erren, has it on good word that a new trailer will be shown at the event. A release date is possible, yeah, but not in any way “confirmed.”

      Not even the trailer is confirmed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alan-Mail/9010356 Alan Mail

        yes they did. There inside source is as good as gold erren is a friend of mine too. He confirmed it dated

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          No “they” (take in mind, we’re referring to a single person here) didn’t. Erren is not a “he,” and has no idea who you are.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alan-Mail/9010356 Alan Mail

            We talk all the time on neogaf, and yes that is what she said

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            I dont think he understands what you are saying :

            • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

              I think he was trolling.

              • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                He must of been,my goodness people these days are just so random

              • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

                At least his post was good for a laugh ;)

  • Aldridge517

    Kotaku, you sneaky bastards. I see what you did there, nearly giving everyone a panic attack just to fool Square Enix into spilling some info. You sly dogs ;)

  • FaithlessMr

    Well…at least they forced Wada out of his cove to actually talk about the game, even if for a brief moment, lol.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Anyone that read my comment in the last article knows I wasn’t a believer. Like I said in that comment, Versus being canceled was not a new rumor. All kotaku did was poke the beehive more or less.

    It was from a source they apparently trust, and it was during the Kotaku East block, where they post things from the east, usually Japan.

    It made perfect sense to go ahead and post it. And like some mentioned, in a way, it was beneficial to everyone. We did get an update from Wada. I’ll admit, he might have posted that tweet either way, but I imagine the rumor had an influence on him.

    If anything, this should teach many fans of video games a lesson. Let’s try and not be so quick to believe rumors.

    I see one rumor posted online these days and… Watch out! The bandwagons are operational! Sound the alarms!

    And the sad part is, the same response doesn’t typically occur with positive rumors. People seem to take those with a grain of salt.

    “Hmm, that would be cool, I sure hope its true.”

    And then people typically move on. They wait for someone to officially confirm that cool rumor.

    I’ll admit, I used to be like that. I was one of those people that treated every rumor the same way. Especially when I was young and the only source for information was gaming magazines. I loved to read the rumor sections.

    Over the years I started to adapt, especially with the birth of the internet.

    Before kotaku posted that rumor, one could still google Versus 13 canceled, and likely come up with enough results to make anyone believe it was true. (And you still can right now.)

    The lesson here is a simple one. Don’t believe rumors until they are proven true or false. It just isn’t worth it. If the rumor is positive, just hope for the best. Keep your expectations realistic, and you will always be prepared for possible disappointment. If the rumor is something negative, it’s easy to allow that negative rumor ruin your entire day.

    Sports fans do this all the time, a rumor comes up that the best player on their favorite teams wants to be traded. They take it as fact and get negative, they get very upset and depressed. It might not even be true!

    Just discuss it, and if it makes you feel better, deny it with all your might. Tell everyone you think its a load of crap. Who knows? It might just payoff more than you can imagine. I think positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time. (Oh Yeah! inception quote time!)

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Hi Zero, nice to see we were both right =)
      I posted my thoughts on the rumor as well and I’m glad to see Wada-san confirm my assumption. I would love to see that city he mentioned shown at TGS *drools*.

      Anyways guys, never cease believing in your anticipated game’s launch until the guys in charge say it’s done for. Prey 2 was rumored to be cancelled but Bethesda debunked that rumer (see Sal’s comment below) . Despite its deviation from the original game it looks ace. I saw a demo at GamesCom last year and Human Head nailed the gameplay shown in that 3-minute CGI trailer spot-on. Now I’m all the more excited for FFvXIII and Prey 2.

      Along Bioshock Infinite, ACIII: Liberation, a whole Bunch of Japanese PSV games (Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta, Tokushu Houdoubu [Special News Department], Time Travelers, Soul Sacrifice, Sine Mora, Project Diva f, P4 Golden, Dokuro), Beyond and The Last of Us, those two games effortlessly top my most-anticipated-games-of-2013 list.
      I’ve been waiting for FFvXIII since 2006, what’s another year or two?

      FFvXIII might become PS3′s Swan Song. What better game could be? Only last Guardian comes to mind. Seeing some new info on LG at TGS would be beneficial for SCEJ stocks as well, I assume.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        Just for the record, the whole canceled thing was a rumor:
        http://gematsu.com/2012/03/rumor-prey-2-canceled

        Which Bethesda confirmed false: http://gematsu.com/2012/04/bethesda-prey-2-not-cancelled

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          Thanks for the clarification Sal, I edited my post accordingly.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        I think both games have a chance at being the PS3′s swan song. The Last of Us is a contender as well. It really depends on the rumors, you know? The developers in Japan might stretch out the PS3 even more, just like they are doing with the PSP.

        Sony does tend to support each console for long life cycles. Many would consider Persona 4 the PS2′s Swan Song. It didn’t come out until 2008, which is 2 years or so after the PS3 was released. The PS3 also got a slow start out of the gate, so that might have played a part.

        It’s really tough to say if Versus will be that type of game. I hope my gut feeling is true, and it comes out way before a PS4 announcement, something like early 2013 worldwide.

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          A simultanous worldwide release could be a wide stretch. Even FFXIII’s international version took three months longer to hit store shelves. Early 2013 would be a dream come true and it would fit SE’s release schedule (holiday season in Japan, later internationally).

          My swan song comment was based on the speculation that FFvXIII might be the PS3′s last awesome release, but then Toki Towa’s announcement came out of the blue as well. As you said, Japanese devs might still deliver some brilliant gems after international studios switch their focus to PS4 and Xbox3.Basically my comment was based on timing as I believe FFvXIII to release late 2013.

          • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

            I can still pray for a worldwide early 2013 release, right? Don’t kill my dreams! =P

            • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

              that’s right, optimistic thinking might hasten the release ^^

  • TheDarkCloud

    I knew that this rumor could not be true. First, they take a long time developing the game and showed videos where you can see different characters and even gameplay. 3 or 4 months ago the team went to fully work in Versus (This news is published on this site) and also talk about the voice cast already begun.

    I think that we will see something big for next event.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano


      3 or 4 months ago the team went to fully work in Versus” that was 318 days ago. :-)

      • TheDarkCloud

        Jajajaj ….Times goes so fast ! So best to know that, maybe they are in the final stage of the game. ;)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mirandalawson2?feature=results_main Miranda Lawson

    I knew that this wasn’t canceled! Why would they cancel it when so many Final Fantasy fans, like myself, are patiently waiting for it to come out. I am glad that it was only a rumor, I am still upset that no one has any idea when it is coming out. Oh well, at least it’s not canceled!

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

    ThankS God :)

  • Kin23g

    Well, that’s a relieve.

  • LordKaiser

    They know it must not be cancelled at this point. It’s not healthy to have many people raging at them. Also it won’t make sense to use the resources of it for another game when this 1 is very far.