Square Enix CEO wants Final Fantasy Versus XIII to give you “that nostalgic, ‘this is FF!’ feeling”

August 31, 2012 / 03:21 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Here’s another quick Final Fantasy Versus XIII non-update.

Speaking at today’s Final Fantasy 25th anniversary celebration opening ceremony in Shibuya, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada said: “When it reaches the level where it gives you that nostalgic, “this is Final Fantasy!” feeling, I want to show it to everyone.”

This morning, we saw a new sketch of the game’s main character Noctis from director Tetsuya Nomura, asking that fans “please wait for his turn.”

Thanks, Famitsu.

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  • Kurai Warrior

    You’ve had 6 years to do that. Please stop talking and start SHOWING. 

  • bebestorm117

    SE STOP Teasing! Just show us another 7 minute trailer.

  • RmanX1000

    Wouldnt a medieval theme be better suited for ‘this is Final Fantasy!’ feel? XDD I mean FFI-V and kind of VI were all medieval fantasy RPGs. IX, XI, and XII were medieval too. Oh well. I look forward to a trailer that’ll blow us away in the future.

    • http://twitter.com/Neilikki Neilikki

       XII, medieval?
      Anyway, they are probably thinking about PS1 era FF’s when they say that.

  • matt hodge

    Well now they make it seem like we wont even be seeing it at tgs

    • http://twitter.com/RSCL_Turtle Unknown

      That’s my biggest fear is that it wont appear at TGS this year, and instead delay the trailer or something till 2013. Would be highly disappointing, and I would lose a lot of respect for square… 

  • PrinceHeir

    actually the fact that they are still talking about Versus XIII, makes it seem that the project is still alive and well.

    all we need is a trailer at TGS or at the anniversary event please!!!

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    This just proves my point. Wada doesn’t want the game out because its exclusive to PS3 and he knows if he tries to fuck with Nomura and force it multiplat, he knows Nomura will leave Square Enix. That’s why the game is still exclusive to PS3, it’s just Wada and Toriyama keep trying to plan & pump out FF XIII sequels to delay FF Versus XIII knowing everybody would buy FF Versus XIII over FF XIII in a heartbeat. All I got to say is FF Versus XIII better be at TGS 2012 with a trailer and World Wide Release Date for 2013.

    • syaznifaiq

      Yeah, the reason FFVersusXIII still PS3 exclusive is because of Nomura

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Man I love Nomura,he only makes exclusive(I miss all them )

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      You can’t be serious.

      • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

        Even though Optimus is a fellow PS3 aficionado (might be slightly biased, I mean) he has one valid point. Nomura-san prefers PS3 and he said he doesn’t want his baby (vXIII) to be released on 360 :P

      • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

        Even though Optimus is a fellow PS3 aficionado (might be slightly biased, I mean) he has one valid point. Nomura-san prefers PS3 and he said he doesn’t want his baby (vXIII) to be released on 360 :P

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        @ 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai) -

        I don’t have any problem with his valid points. The made up theories on the other hand, those I can’t take serious. The bit about President Wada and Toriyama-san for example… Absolutely ridiculous.

        Edit : Replied to my own post on accident. >_>

    • http://twitter.com/Neilikki Neilikki

      That’s one crazy conspiracy theory you made up.
      I seriously doubt Nomura would leave the company that brings him thousands just because of something silly like fanboyism, he isn’t in the same situation like you.
      And I also seriously doubt a company would agreed to satisfy ONE of their whiny employees, sacrificing the possible income of several million of dollars as a result. He is one of their important designers, but he isn’t the only one and he isn’t irreplaceable.

  • xMCXx

    Good, because I have missed that feeling since XII.
    Now stop blabbering PR shit and get on with it!

  • LordKaiser

    Just finish the game!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    Give us the game.. its been 7 years.. give us an update with a new trailer at least.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    I got that projector I told you guys about after I seen the sketch Nomura maid haha I am ready for versus!

  • margherita mastropaolo

    i haven’t bought a square enix since nier replicant,if this game comes out i’ll gladly buy it,but if this is only the sick joke of a company bloated with money and full of arrogance,then square enix can go to hell

  • HarryHodd

    Probably not buying a Square Enix game until Versus unless they surprise me. Nostalgic feeling sounds great.

    • margherita mastropaolo

      seconded

  • http://twitter.com/jam_paps Papu Mendoza

    after i felt that they screwed it up in 11, 13 and 13-2, all i can say now is “uh-huh?” and “i don’t think so”

    • Noctionus

      13 and 13-2 I can understand. BUT 11? Really? You must be… I don’t know. :

      • http://twitter.com/jam_paps Papu Mendoza

        it just fall down to personal preferences. but the 13 and 13-2 were just, well… they just don’t deliver. and they will be making 13-3???? NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! lulz

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Butttt this is made by a completely different guy,who just makes great games!

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

    i Hope lightning in FFVXIII..

    Wow Gonna Great idea :D

    • http://twitter.com/RSCL_Turtle Unknown

      what an awful idea, I hope lightning and her boring buddies stay out of any future titles by square enix

      • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

        What ! :/

        oh No no no is Not awful idea..And i Just imagine :)

      • TerrenceG9

        The only XIII character that I liked was Serah, oddly.

      • xMCXx

         The only character I liked in XIII and XIII-2 was…………fuck, they are all so bland.

      • xMCXx

         The only character I liked in XIII and XIII-2 was…………fuck, they are all so bland.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      …No,please no :|

      • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

        ok Sorry…is Gonna Bad idea :)

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          They should cross over in a hd dissidia though

  • rockman29

    Isn’t that just an admission that FF XIII did NOT do that? Wtf is wrong with these guy’s heads?

    • xMCXx

       Glad that they admit it.

  • InternatlGamer3

    Enough f****** with us, I want this GOD**** game already. At least if its revolutionary show us why. Stop f****** with us,and show the game at TGS 2012 this year with a bloody release date, F**K.

  • InternatlGamer3

    It feels like the more Squeenix delays FF Versus XIII the more stoke i get for other PS3 Exclusive RPG’s like Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch, Tales of Xillia,Dragon’s Crown, Time & Eternity, and more. I know easily that Ni No Kuni, and Tales of Xillia will be localized into America.Same goes for Nippon Ichi’s “The Witch and The Hundred Knights”

  • Vampiric

    tgs is the time

  • Anime10121

    Wait, wasnt Vs. XIII supposed to be the “Final Fantasy like no other”?  I mean sure it was gonna have some stuff from the main series like Moogles, open worlds, and air ships (so they say), but I thought the whole point of Vs was to counter “what Final Fantasy is”.  It almost is starting to seem like after all this time they STILL dont know what they wanna do with the game, and if that’s the case, it really is quite sad.  I mean if nothing else, the game should at LEAST have a clear vision for what it wants to accomplish by now.

    • Fenrir

      Yeah, wasn’t the gameplay style a bit like Kingdom Hearts? (At least that’s what it reminded me of) Unless they are talking about the characters and story. Wow I’m confused now, I really hope they keep the gameplay style they showed back in 2011, I was really gearing up for that.

      • Anime10121

        While I’m sure the gameplay wont change much from what we saw last January, I’m talking about in theme and overall direction of the game,  the plot/themes were supposed to be dark and much different from mainline Final Fantasy titles.  It was their excuse for why Vs. wouldnt ever be called Final Fantasy XV, or a “mainline entry”, it was supposed to be different. 

        I mean the very word Versus in Latin literally means “two sides opposing one another”, that was the very reason they said they chose the word Latin word, it was literally supposed to oppose the mainline entries (and before any one gets up in arms about that, I’m NOT saying Vs is a spinoff, I know all too well that both Vs. and Type 0 are considered main entries).  It just really seems like they are just talking about it now to assure people it hasnt been canned, which it probably hasnt, but unfortunately, that doesnt mean much works being done on it:(

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Crap Im excited for this game,Need more games like ff7/8 out there

  • InternatlGamer3

    wants us to have that nostalgic old school FF feeling. It isnt turned based anymore you idiot. Move on JRPG’s as much as I love them need innovation.Why is Namco Tales one of the only series accomplishing that with Tales of Xillia.

  • InternatlGamer3

    wants us to have that nostalgic old school FF feeling. It isnt turned based anymore you idiot. Move on JRPG’s as much as I love them need innovation.Why is Namco Tales one of the only series accomplishing that with Tales of Xillia.

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Because Tales games are and always will be developed for a Japanese audience in mind. I guess some producers (except Baba-san, the Tales producer at NamBan) forget that Japanese RPGs were so popular once because they were, well, Japanese. Nowadays lots of Japanese console development is aimed at westerners, bloody shame.

      • Psykotsu

        I think you misunderstood where he was going with his post. 

        And what Japanese games are being developed with western gamers in mind?

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          It’s late and I should hit the sheets rather than posting, sorry.
          There’s a shift in Japanese publishers who want their games to cater to western audiences as they hope to sell more copies. Particularly every Japanese game (consoles) developed within the last couple years has shifted more towards action/QTE and to appeasing the bloodthirsty northern barbarians. Notable exceptions are Demon’s/ Dark Souls and Asura’s Wrath.

          • xMCXx

             This! Fucking this!
            Just look at FF XIII-2′s Quick Time Events! Fucking hell, SquareEnix!
            Stick to your roots!

          • xMCXx

             This! Fucking this!
            Just look at FF XIII-2′s Quick Time Events! Fucking hell, SquareEnix!
            Stick to your roots!

            • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

              Hope Wada, Kitase and Toriyama remain hands-off vXIII, so we won’t have to endure another QTE-festa. 
              I don’t mind Action RPGs, but QTE usage in FFXIII-2 was kinda excessive from what I’ve seen online.

              • xMCXx

                 Excessive or not, SE is riding the bandwagon years after people stopped liking QTEs.
                In some games it’s cool, like God of War, but no FF needs this.

                • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

                  I love Lightning, she’s a great character. I’ll probably end up buying Lightning Returns just because it’s a game focusing on Eclaire. Would’ve preferred “Lightning and Fang return”, but this will do =)

          • xMCXx

             This! Fucking this!
            Just look at FF XIII-2′s Quick Time Events! Fucking hell, SquareEnix!
            Stick to your roots!

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      yeah ff was only turn based because of limitations back in the day,it was originally intended to be an action game,so I support a little action in my rpg!

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      yeah ff was only turn based because of limitations back in the day,it was originally intended to be an action game,so I support a little action in my rpg!

  • http://moefx.wordpress.com/ barklight

    Nostalgic feeling:
    -awesome story
    -fantasy feeling
    -turn based
    -sprite 2D graphic

    • Kamille

      the list was going fine until you said “sprite 2D graphic”. What you crave for is a 
      DeLorean not a new Final Fantasy experience.  lol

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Take out turn based and 2d sprites-ew

      • http://moefx.wordpress.com/ barklight

        Dude, 2D graphic is awesome. See this 
        http://i.imgur.com/IKi88.jpg

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Sorrry but nooo thank you:P

  • http://twitter.com/NoctisFNCvsXIII Eli Shelton

    This why FFVersusXIII need to be out!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amYzBQMT4VI 

  • Kita

    You’d better be talking about the story. The story matters to me and I believe it to be one of the most important characteristics of Final Fantasy.
    So it better move me this time…. unlike FF13. I felt sympathy for and loved Hope but that was all I felt. Take notes of the past, in FF’s golden years.
    On a side note, I must bring this up…. Maybe when Lightning’s story has been closed (however long it is and how many games it takes) perhaps Noctis will shine with his own handful of games too. (?)

    I know all this talk from Wada, Nomura, and Shinji, etc. is trivial but at least they’re talking. They know we’ve been waiting a long time and are restless.

  • http://twitter.com/gamesreflexoes GR+ Entretenimento

    A lot of people love XIII and XIII-2, its good have FF to all tastes

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luis-Solia-Ser/100002854348583 Luis Solia Ser

      I like FFXIII and XIII-2

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.peer1 David Peer

       Hmmmm NO. There will always be fans but this game has stripped away everything  from FF series that made it great.

  • http://twitter.com/gamesreflexoes GR+ Entretenimento

    At the now days, Nostalgic = Hater

  • Zuhri69

    … and all the fans ever wanted was less talking and more showing. Didn’t Nomura mention this like years ago?

  • transgojobot

    Yoichi Wada should have the ‘Versus XIII’ name dropped and the game re-branded as ‘FF XV’. Noctis “will have to wait his turn” because Lightening hasn’t finished having her’s yet.

  • Fantasytales

    what i don’t understand is why would say all this to us and then tell us wait till next year for more update it makes me so mad.

  • http://twitter.com/redichi24 redichi

    this game will come out next year and will be at TGS 2012

    • TheFallen

      Nope it wont be at TGS, Why dont they actually give the game a release dat that will give me a nostalgic this is final fantasy feeling. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/noctis.caelum.98031 Noctis Caelum
    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      You need to send this too people in replies to get their attention as well as post it on new articles on big sites and their forums 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.heart.790 Jessica Heart

    i think im going to like lighting returns better than versus, and they should put versus on xbox 360. and by the way for people who think they versus better here some food for thought how can u like something without knowing anything about the storyline, gameplay, etc….just saying not trying rag on versus i think it looks cool too just saying we shouldnt get so exicted about something noone knows anything about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.james.121772 Stephanie James

    people keep saying we know nothing about versus but a lot is already detailed about the story and gameplay it just know trailers have been shown if you wanna know everything go to ffversusxiii.net it’ll show you everything about the game so far such as gameplay, setting, and characters. Not all information has been given but a good bit to show you the game will be promising