Hashimoto: Final Fantasy Versus XIII "turning out to be unbelievably amazing" - Gematsu
Hashimoto: Final Fantasy Versus XIII “turning out to be unbelievably amazing”
posted on 08.24.12 at 09:23 AM EST by (@salromano)
Comments from Final Fantasy's executive producer.

Final Fantasy executive producer Shinji Hashimoto appeared at Ginza SWING!! in Chuo-ku, Tokyo today.

Touching briefly upon Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Hashimoto said that the project has evolved considerably, and that it is important to bring it out. It is “turning out to be unbelievably amazing,” he added.

And that’s it.

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  • Fenrir

    It better be amazing! :D

  • Sovereign Gale

    Again with the baseless hype. But I guess that’s all that they can do when they have nothing of substance to show how “unbelievably amazing” the game is supposed to be. You make me cry, SE. You make me cry like a little sissy girl.

  • Kougeru

     After the “The World Ends With You” iOS bs, I’m gonna agree with you 100%. Im excited for Versus 13 but I’m very cautious and will expect something worse than 13-2 (I loved 13-1 enough to enjoy it for a good 60+ hours but 13-2 bored me to hell within just 5)

  • xMCXx

    Yeah, that’s what I would say, too.

  • Leon Kiwi

    after so many years, it better be!

  • Noctionus

    Confirmed: To be released after FFXIII-34211 for PS21.

  • chinglee

    Less talky more showy.

  • Skelter

    With the teases and hints, I will assume that Final Fantasy versusXIII intends on using every crum of ps3 hardware and every ounce of space on that bluray disc…….a game running the Kingdom Hearts battle system with more than 50 hours of main story…..shouldn’t be impossible since it’s been seven-ish years :)

    • Skelter

       I will wait for thee at the pier

  • luke12345

    Cant wait for this

  • Lorelai

    lets hope we will see it in TGS 2012

  • zakou

    “Unbelievably” is the right word. 

  • bebestorm117

    TGS 2012!

  • PrinceHeir

    well i believe it..

    when i SEE it :P

    now Versus XIII making an appearance at TGS2012 is becoming more and more plausible :D

    please show us some new footage Square!!!!!!!!!!

  • Final fantasy was dead at 7

    • Malcolm Reynolds


    • What  a stupid troll .  At least make some sense in your comment

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    So much negativity in this thread.

    Me, I cant wait to play it.

    I can however endure the wait for its release with dignity and patience.

    Carry on with the grumbling everyone.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      I can wait,I just want a picture :'{…..1 picture….

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      It so much negativity because people who are being negative have no patience for a game that’s going to destroy Motomu Toriyama little FF XIII Saga thing they’re trying to pull.

    • rockman29

      And grumble we shall!!! :D

  • DarthBrian

    Can’t Wait!!!

    Game of the Forever!!!

    The doubters will suffer for their transgressions!!!

  • Must Coming Out in 2013 <3

  • transgojobot


    Don’t. Tell.

  • Ruki

    I swear this has been the most annoying form of hype I have ever seen!
    As much as I hate how long they have terribly relinquished from any info on the game what-so-ever.. I am still one that is so excited to see the game. If anything this has been interesting, never seen square go so long on no news at all on a FF title. Especially one that was already at the point of showing game demo. 
    I also have my fingers crossed for TGS 2012!!

  • Bec66

    I hope versues 13 is “unbelievably amazing” because its been taking forever.

  • Square Enix, please show us some new information or trailers instead of making us fans hyped for no reason.

  • RmanX1000

    Now they need to release a new trailer. I dont even have a PS3, but my god people. Show SOMETHING new.

  • Rezar

    I hope Final Fantasy Versus XIII doesn’t end up like Duke Nukem Forever and/or Daikatana when it comes to development time and possible engine changes.

  • LordKaiser

    Could Versus be at the end of the production cycle?

  • Zuhri69

    Sorry to say this but, OH REALLY?!!! THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU SHOW IT?!!! THEN WE CAN TALK!!! Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system.

  • zakou

    Troll of the decade = FFVersusXIII

  • sll1cool1m

    I love how they just show up like every 6 months just to tell us it’s going to be awesome…without showing or saying anything. I don’t know what to believe anymore. Their trolling leads to the worst hype I’ve ever seen.

  • Come on SE stop trolling us!!

  • I am gonna buy a huge LED TV just to celebrate and play this game or a really expensive projector.   

  • Is one picture of the game to much to ask? a new character? new setting? new monster? shit give us a shaky cam photo of the game and we would explode…

    • zakou

      Shaky cam photo lol, might as well give us half a picture :P

      • you wont see me complain… unless it doesn’t show up at tgs 2012, then we have shitstorm on our hands…

  • I’m glad and all that Versus XIII is indeed far from a dead project (given nowadays with some studios and game projects going dead left and right, it’s really quite assuring if not hopeful.)

    Soooooooo……….how about at least a few new screenshots or a trailer?

    maybe hopefully one before TGS if not during.

    • They should update the official Versus XIII website its been the same for years.

  • Ace

    Sad that the only news we hear about Versus XIII are Square developers and producers overhyping the game rather than giving us something specific. 

  • Raiyu


    I’m expecting some news at TGS then?

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    TGS and a release date before FF XIII-3 :)

    • I wont buy FF13-3 before Versus!

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Same here good sir !!

  • Kurai Warrior

    Yeah yeah SE you’ve been feeding us that same kind of line for the past 4 years now.  How about showing us something for a change. Oh wait you won’t because apparently you’d rather please the last small group of people that actually want another half baked XIII sequel. (still hoping its a handheld/movie)

  • I think some are taking the development of this game a little too much to heart, and continually establishing self-made assumptions, expectations, and deadlines only to be disappointed.  Why not just play it by ear, the game will be done when it is finished.  If we hear anything between now and then, great, if not…well life goes on.

    At the end of the day, they never set a hard release date for the game, so they have no obligations of when to actually release the game.   I think we all have something to play between now and when it launches.  Expecting the second coming of a game that (judging from released footage) looks to be just a darker version of Kingdom Hearts are going to leave many of you with crushed hopes.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      looks to be just a darker version of Kingdom Hearts are going to leave many of you with crushed hopes”

      That would NOT crush my hopes

      • Cool, as long as your not expecting something that is entirely unobtainable, I think of this like the situation Polyphony digital and Gran Turismo 5.  I felt that some of the expectations of players in the gaming community had went beyond what a racing simulation could provide.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Oh I agree,some people are thinking this will be like winning the lottery or somrthing,I mean it might be an absolutely amazing and stunning game,but it isnt as huge a deal as some make it out too be.

          That being said it has been my #1 wanted game for a very very long time

      • superlocke

        Off-topic – Hey KingKellogg! I remember seeing you on Kotaku back in the day :P

        On-topic – Totally agree with the post. Pretty sure this is exactly what everyone is clamoring for these days.

        Either that or a total (and also good) reinvention of the FF series.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Holy crap  I remember you too!!! :D havent seen you in forever!!

          and yeah I just want an ff with kingdom hearts gameplay,Ive wanted that ever since KH1

          also feel free to visit takuchat.com  a bunch of us kotaku users are there

    • “they never set a hard release date for the game” YES THEY DID!! It had about 2 of them if I am correct. We have been waiting since the PS3 came out.. 7 years ago. Go and look at some of the old trailers the last date was set for 2011 I believe. Failed dates.

      • Okay when in 2011?  Thats what I mean by a “HARD” release date. 

        To me, a year is nothing more than an estimate or a placeholder.  If they said something along the lines of November 26, 2011 and they didn’t live up to that, I can see why you would get frustrated.  But the year 2011 is no more valuable than a placeholder date, like when a company says a game will release around Q1 for example.  I take those with a grain of salt.

      • superlocke

        The PS3 did not come out 7 years ago.

        Also Versus XIII was not announced at launch.

        Quit making the wait sound more tortured than it actually is please.

  • Phoenix_Wings

    I care more about how it plays than how it looks…

    •  Amen

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      As Nomura is involved I assume it will be a Kingdom Hearts-y action RPG system. It would be in accordance with the last in-game footage released.

    • If you haven’t seen the January 2011 trailer, it should give you a general idea:


  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII at TGS 2012 with a release Date. Who wants this?

    I sure as hell Do.

  • FaithlessMr

    Great, I’ll care when we’re shown some proper footage. Until then, that’s no more than PR talk to me, which means squat.

    Seriously, it’s like asking a mom to talk about their children. They’ll always say they’re perfect and gorgeous. It’s cool that he thinks so, but unless SE is planning to sell this game exclusively to the SE staff, they need to show this game to the public. It’s up to us to decide whether it looks gorgeous or not, no?

    • The only adequate comment in this topic.

      • FaithlessMr

        Why thank you :)

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Oh Faithless, how I hope, for all of our (vXIII fans’) sake that SE will make you eat those words ;) 
      I really do. after 6 years I want to see footage that lets me scrape my jaw off the floor. It might have an advantageous effect on sales, after all. Who knows, with the proper demo they could even 1-up XIII’s sales in Japan, which, at 1.5mil, were quite impressive.

      • FaithlessMr

        Dude, there’s no one in the world who wants me proven wrong about this than myself :P

  • Skelter

    Ya think versus is big news…….wait til Persona 5 hits the surface!

  • margherita mastropaolo

    this might be  the first square enix  game i’ll buy in years

  • I have always been a huge Final Fantasy fan but I haven’t been satisfied by anything they done this generation. I am still waiting for Final Fantasy Type-0 which would give me some satisfaction at least on a handheld. I have hope in Versus XIII but the way they have been managing their titles is terrible and they need to extend beyond their current franchises.

  • I like spec to see this game coming up, Hashi-san keep it up let it shown in TGS 2012.

  • EspadaKiller

    I guess we will finally have a release date for Versus in TGS?

    • Maybe.. just don’t get your hopes up.

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Its too late :{

    • TheFallen

      Hopefully. i dont know how that game can look any better then it already does. the trailer looks like the best game ever made im calling it now lol

  • Kage

    The fact that Hashimoto just saying “IT’S [email protected]#!#!” managed to create 65 posts is really speaking how much people want Versus XIII.

    Square-Enix really needs to get their stuff together.

    Cancel the FF XIII-3 or whatever game they have in mind and just release conclusive novel/CGI movie for people who care about Lightning’s story (minority).
    Bring Type 0 to the west.
    Focus on improving art direction in games (FFXIII was garbage in that regard)

    • Hinano

      The art direction was amazing.

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      Well Said, couldn’t say it any other way.

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Well, XIII-3 will be mostly profits only as they have the engine and all the stuff that got cut as XIII went multi-platform in order to accommodate 360 discs. So I gotta disagree with you mate. “Do whatever you want with XIII, but gimme a solid release date and a demo of vXIII”. That’s how I’d put it. 

      And I don’t need a CGI trailer, just in-game footage will do. Blizzard’s cinematics division is probably the only one in the world who can match Visual Works’ (SE’s own CGI studio) CGI quality. My jaw always hits the floor each time I see a CGI scene produced by Visual Works. Now I wanna see in-game footage and be blown away, that’s what I expect after 6 friggin’ years.

      As Type-0 was rather successful in Japan, albeit on PSP, I assume bringing an enhanced port to Vita in the west is a no-brainer. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Kamille

    FFvs will be out winter 2013. I’ telling you guys, the hint is at the end of this trailer:  

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      An ff8 trailer?

    • Lucas Bucchile

      What hint?

  • Kita

    Okay… Can we have a single screenshot? Just one new screenshot of a character…. is that too much to ask?

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    OMG 80 Comments!!!!!

  • Kobracon

    Siiiiiigh. FFvsXIII news has gotten to the point that it doesn’t excite me anymore. Hearing one of the designers go “omg its amazingly awesometacular” on their OWN game just makes me go “uh-huh….sure….yeah….”. Just make sure FFXIII-3 is awesome and finish that story properly. I’m in too deep to let it just drop now. Also FF TYPE-0! For the love of god the PSP isn’t dead! Tons of people have one as opposed to a Vita. LOCALISE IT ALREADY!