Final Fantasy Versus XIII: The PS1 Masterpiece

Illustration for article titled emFinal Fantasy Versus XIII/em: The PS1 Masterpiece

Final Fantasy Versus XIII sometimes feels like it's been in development forever. So let's pretend that it has. And that "forever" is really "since 1997".

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Artist Saku Hatakka has done the above image, which takes the look of the oft-delayed Square game and takes it back in time to the Final Fantasy VII engine.

"It was a lot of fun trying to figure out how Squaresoft used to do prerendered backgrounds and adding low poly realtime 3D characters on top of them", he says. "Intentionally downsampling images and using low quality frame buffer effects was surprisingly fun!"

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FF Versus XIII x FFVII [spatsart, thanks Tamas!].

Illustration for article titled emFinal Fantasy Versus XIII/em: The PS1 Masterpiece

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DISCUSSION

Is anyone still -really- waiting for Versus XIII?

I've been an FF fan since the first one came Stateside (well, I was in Germany at the time, honestly) back in 1990—but I sort of gave up on the franchise around the time X showed up (the only character I enjoyed was Auron), and then I finally deleted its number from my phone and unfriended it on Facebook when XIII hit in all of its on-rails-down-a-tunnel glory.

In spite of that, I'd love to see the series return to what made it great (and as an old hand, I won't apologize for saying VII was the beginning of the downward spiral—with IX being the only point afterward at which the series made any attempt to reclaim its roots)—but really, who's actually thinking Versus XIII is anything but vaporware at this point?

...I suppose the situation could be worse. It could get released, and turn out to be another DNF.