Nomura: Info ban on Final Fantasy Versus XIII to lift soon
posted on 04.17.13 at 01:15 AM EDT by (@sqexgal)
Fans asked to continue waiting for updates regarding this overdue title.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura was a special guest on the latest broadcast of Square Enix Radio, where he was questioned about updates regarding the highly anticipated title.

ー When will new information regarding Final Fantasy Versus XIII be announced?

Nomura: “Even within the company it’s a very delicate problem. The date when we can concretely lift the ban has been decided and we are preparing for that moment. Maybe the details as to why information couldn’t be released might be touched upon at the next information announcement. I’m sorry it’s already overdue, but please wait just a little more.”

Does that mean we will definitely see the long awaited title appear in Square Enix’s E3 2013 lineup? Only time will tell, as we’ve heard numerous teasers before.

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  • Jared Carter

    I still have a bit of faith left Square. I really want you to get back to your roots. Taking risks, and bringing out more games than just FF. Don’t disappoint me, and the rest of your fans who still have hope.

  • TheFoolArcana

    Soon, huh?

    Wake me up in 2018.

    • Nhiroz


  • Peacenutman

    Stop with the tease already and tell us it’s a PS4 launch game. We know already.

  • 禍津水樹

    I’m no longer excited about this game

    • jujubee88

      “Please be re-excited.”

      • 禍津水樹

        This game has been in production an entire console cycle

        • KingNigma

          The game was announced before i even reached high school. I am now done my first year of college.
          and we practically know just as much as the games release now as we did back then. Wow.

          • Tetsu

            For me, I’ve lived at 3 different places, bought a car, had a girlfriend, got engaged, got married, and i’ve had 2 kids.

            Yeah, it’s been a long time

        • Snufkin

          Whilst I really want to believe this will be a good game, any game that’s had such a troubled development is going to suffer.
          Not to mention that they started making this for the PS3 and, I can only assume, they are now planning this for the PS4; which no doubt has opened up a whole host of technical issues.
          I’m really not going to hold my breath on this one.

    • BlacksitePSU

      Same. I’d rather see Hiroyuki Ito’s (VI, IX and XII) next Final Fantasy.

  • Solomon_Kano

    We’re getting closer~!

    Yea, this is definitely showing up at E3. Looks like it’ll be for PS4 after all.

    • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      Yea. It’s a bloody shame as SE and Sony invested so much into it. On PS3 it would sell like hotcakes. PS4, however, will have a much, much smaller install-base.

      • Zackasaur

        The game will improve with the PS4, though. It will also drive hardware sales and will get a more significant -cut- of the market share by hitting the PS4 relatively early.

        That statement is made on the assumption that the PS4 theory is correct. I hope it is.

        • LordKaiser

          It will not move as much hardware as you think. early adopters of PS4 will be few.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I’d think this is going to be more beneficial long-term. Sony gets an early system-seller and gets it exclusively, at that. Having a brand spanking new FF early on is something neither Nintendo or Microsoft will have to their credit. On PS3, Versus would just be the latest in a pool of RPGs. By putting it on PS4, it can effectively lead the charge. This will be a good way to get a portion of that PS3 audience to move on.

        Ultimately, Sony needs hardware to be sold. While SE may move less software initially, the game has the system’s entire life to continue selling. It would also serve to give SE a good chunk of the system’s early market share, much as FFX did on PS2.

        • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

          I bloody hope you’re right fellas. IF it’s renamed FFXV I can hardly imagine it’ll stay exclusive to Sony, especially with new leadership. It’s not that I don’t want it on Xbox3, it’s just that going multi platform it will ultimately become a much worse product (FFXIII being a case in point).
          If it stays PS4 exclusive then I’m really excited as it will force me to buy a Japanese LE PS4 which will definitely look gorgeous, if FFXIII’s LE is an indicator.

          • Zero

            I actually expect it to stay exclusive. I really believe it’s going to be Nomura’s decision. I think we both agree it will remain exclusive in Japan. Just have to wait and see.

            • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

              Nomura was very vocal about being a hardcore Sony fanboy :D
              I’m excited for the game anyways. If that additional horsepower ultimately leads to a vastly improved product I’m there d1!

          • Solomon_Kano

            Well, if the rumor about it moving to PS4 is true, the other half of that rumor was that Sony’s helping develop it so it’ll definitely remain exclusive. IF that’s the case, of course.

            Guess we’ll see come E3.

    • 武神水樹

      Won’t be at E3, TGS

      • Solomon_Kano

        Hashimoto promised PS4 FF news for E3. They won’t announce yet another FF and not show this. Besides, TGS isn’t “soon”.

  • Nanashrew

    Calling it now that it’s a cross gen game seeing as the engine it’s running on is also a cross gen engine. It’s been far too long just to release it on the PS3 alone when PS4 is around the corner.

    • LordKaiser

      Would be better if it launch on both PS3 and PS4 but if it’s only on PS4 then the game will be out of print if I ever buy a PS4.

  • MrKappa

    Wait there was an info ban? Since when?

    • 禍津水樹

      They supposedly kept it internal

  • Ahmad Reyner Nabeel

    Soon, very soon. Wait again, wait a little more. A year? Two years? Who knows… I miss Squaresoft with their masterpieces.

  • Revorse

    Alright. It’s going to take some time. Why do Square and Nomura feel the need to keep saying that? I don’t really mind the wait. But I do mind them continually mentioning it.

    • kenshee

      What else would you reply with, in their situation? (situation: it gets asked about constantly, even during info events for other SE titles, and sometimes out of the blue)

      Note, I stress reply with. They only put out these messages because they’re being asked so often they can’t simply stay silent on the matter, as it’s clear that most other people don’t have your patience and faith in the project with so little info on it.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

  • Zero

    I hope they start talking about it really soon. Please!!! We have waited for so very long. How about a new trailer? Anything!

    And while were on this topic. I can sorta understand info bans on projects in development. I think sharing nothing with the fans is incredibly foolish in this age, but I can somewhat understand it.

    One tiny problem here…I think you can toss all of that out the damn window when the game was announced in 2006!

    GRRRR!!! Kitty Rage!!!

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    First I hear about a ban

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      He said a long time ago he wanted to talk about it but was not allowed.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Someone told me Square and Sony are collabing it,which according to him is the reason behind the HD compilations being exclusive.anyone know if this is true?

  • Raiu

    Oh ffs… Give us something else other than a tease and let us rest already…

  • PrinceHeir

    Final Fantasy Versus XIII renamed as Final Fantasy XV :P

    btw who’s Olivia O___O

    it’s the first time i saw her(even though she seem to be here for a long time now)

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      0_o Ive been here for ever and I never noticed her…

    • Olivia Slayton

      Hi. I translate a lot of things for Sal, even if my name doesn’t appear in the articles, I don’t usually do the posting though.

      • whiteferrero

        hi there!

      • Zero

        Thanks for all the translations and stuff. xD

        I’ve been wanting to post that, but I don’t use twitter or anything so I haven’t had the chance.

      • PrinceHeir

        thanks for the translation :D

        though would love to give you credit as well, so put your name out there!!!!

  • Azuardo

    He can’t say anything until E3. That really is “soon!”

  • Alos88

    I think the rumours about Versus becoming a next gen FFXV are probably true, it would explain the silence, as well as why it’s taken them a whole generation to announce it properly.

  • jeb

    More teasing for the possibility of news, just get on with it already…

  • xMCXx

    “(…) but please wait just a little more.”
    Aren’t they saying this for, like, 5 years now?

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      Y’know, some people will be split about this whole thing.

      One on hand they could’ve just “cancelled” the project while doing something else (Really wish they did more during this time, Fucking Wada…) and then later, they could troll everyone while secretly working on it. So basically Duke Nukem Forever if it actually paid off.

      But then again if they had cancelled it, while it certainly is a lot more direct and honest, it also could be depressing as they would just can the whole thing.

      So in a bizarre sense, I’m somewhat glad they’ve kept on this project for as long as it is.

      As to whether or not the game itself will be released AND well-received by critics is another matter entirely. That and I need to sleep.

      • xMCXx

        Usually, games which take this long will be lackluster as hell.

        • Warboss Aohd

          ta be fair, dey also tend ta switch handz alot in dat case. (Duke Nukem Forever woz worked on by how many different devleoperz?)

          at least here it’s been kept within Square Enix……..whether or not dat iz a good or bad fing iz up ta you.

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    I wholeheartedly believe and am calling it now: Final Fantasy Versus XIII was moved to PS4.

  • Karl Josef

    Versus XIII is the reason why I buy PS3.
    now what!? it was unveiled 2008 :'(
    this holiday 2013 I’m going to buy PS4 wishing Kingdom Hearts 3 or Versus XIII
    will be or maybe on next generation console

    • Olivia Slayton

      I was the same. :c

  • TensaiBaka

    I’ll wait patiently.

  • new_tradition

    I’m actually willing to trust Nomura’s word on this that “soon” means within 2013, lol. But seriously, he was the one to say “forget about Versus” a long while ago. He probably knew then there’d be a long silence :/

    *desperately keeps hoping it remains a PS3 game*

  • 1Truth

    I don’t see this game being retitled FFXV and releasing on PS4. Instead, I see it staying as FF Versus XIII and releasing on PS3.

    After all, Nomura says, “I’m sorry it’s already overdue.” How would the game be “overdue” if it was now called FFXV? Makes no sense.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Because, even if they change the name, people are still waiting on “Nomura’s FF”. It won’t become a different project just by making it a numbered title.

      • 1Truth

        It would still not be overdue if it becomes FFXV as FFXIV (the proper version) is not even out yet.

    • Elvick

      Because it would be a name change, not a completely separate game that we haven’t been waiting for.

      Nomura doesn’t do the tedious “hurr durr” PR thing that most do. Like when Level-5 said they weren’t doing a “Boost” release of Little Battlers W on 3DS to try and save sales of the PSP/Vita version.

      Only to turn around and announce the exact thing they promised wouldn’t happen, only they named it something else to avoid being “liars”. “Super Custom”. *eye roll* Yeah, that saved face! /sarcasm

  • Derpazu

    The info lift will be: “Puhrease wait for E3 next year! Please be excite!”

  • Potionzmaster

    I can’t believe it. After all these years, we’re finally going to get info and footage? I just… I just can’t believe it :

  • xanhisam

    I bought my PS3 two years ago pretty much just because of this game. I would be really disappointed if it moves on to next generation platforms.

    • Dans

      worst case scenario
      FF 13-3 for PS3
      FF versus 13 for PS4

      • xanhisam

        Well, 7 years is a long enough time to wait for something and Versus XIII on PS4 would mean more waiting for it since I won’t be able to buy a PS4 anytime soon.

        • LordKaiser

          I’m on the same boat and there’s no PS3 mini.

  • Ari Rizky Banjar Danu

    maybe this game will be like watch dogs n ass creed, has ps3 AND ps4 versions..anyway, im hoping i could play it on my ps3.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Ass Creed lol.

  • kerriganmarois

    I’ve already waited for this too long. I was going to buy a ps3 for this game and the last guardian. Oh well, one less sale for Sony I guess.

  • dior

    I can’t not be excited about this game, I’ve been screaming it’ll be one of the best JRPGs in a long time for years now..

    • Zackasaur

      *high five*

  • MrRobbyM

    I just hope people don’t blame Nomura. This is hardly his fault.

    • 武神水樹

      Don’t think they will, it’s Wada’s fault

      • Lelouch Vi Britannia

        It’s Wada’s fault YES this is true. He ruined the company based upon his decisions. Now all SE needs is to get their act together and REMAKE FFVII – IX. Now that PS4 is easy to develop for why do I see “Final Fantasy Versus XIII” being the big reason SE goes back to making a buncha PS Exclusive games. I get a strong feeling this will happen.

  • Zuhri69

    I really hope it will be on the PS3 and to be released somewhere this year or early next year. But, if its on the Ps4 I will curse my luck, cry my heart out before praying that it will be a release title and pre-order one.

  • Zackasaur

    My body is ready.

  • Kurisu Makise

    Prayers being answered, with this info ban soon to be released, I can finally hear information about the game I bought my PS3 for. I shall be patient Nomura, so I hope not to be disappointed when the time comes.

  • Micheal Scott

    What their still making this game?

  • artemisthemp

    DKF 2 release and still no FF Versus XIII

  • jerry11111

    Please be excited for E3.

  • kuusou yume

    I guess any news besides it being officially cancelled would be good. Even after all this time, I suppose.

  • Elvick

    I love how all the news about this game for a long while has been basically “please wait a little more”.

    I look forward to actually getting to the point where we have more information. Real information.

    • Sevyne

      Announcements that they’re preparing an announcement that ends up being another announcement that they’re prepping an announcement. Square Enix at it’s finest.

  • LordKaiser

    PS3 please!!!!

  • Jorge Greenwood

    hahaha he gave that same answer like a year ago… so please … I won’t get excited until I see a real announcement

  • op

    i heard this game has been in development for almost a decade. square enix can’t seem to put it together. now the game will have to meet surpass and blow expectations away to make square enix more than enough money for all these years they spent on it. if versus 13 fails, square enix will go straight downhill into bankruptcy, so i suspect sony and square will create a full blown advertising campaign that will hail final fantasy versus as one of the greatest games of all time. i imagine this will be the japanese game to save the japanese game industry?. i mean, nearly a decade of development is absurd in this modern age!