More Hope for Final Fantasy Versus XIII. I Guess?

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Back in 2006, Square Enix unveiled three games: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Agito XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. All three were linked by a mythos centered on crystals, and the series was dubbed "Fabula Nova Crystallis".

And somewhere along the way to 2013, Final Fantasy Agito XIII was renamed Final Fantasy Type-0, while Final Fantasy XIII launched two sequels, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

When asked about the end of this universe, longtime Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase told game site IGN, "When you say this universe, if you're talking about the universe that we have been seeing in XIII, XIII-2 and this game, that includes Cocoon, Gran Pulse and the islands in this installment; that is definitely coming to an end. But if you're on about Fabula Nova Crystallis and the mythology that these stories are based on, that may continue."

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The "that may continue" line is causing some in Japan to speculate on the future of the long overdue Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Does this mean...? Could it mean...? Stuff like that.

Kitase did say that games based on the mythology "may continue". And maybe they will! Last summer, Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada said developers were "diligently making Final Fantasy Versus XIII," but added, "When it gets to the stage that it makes one think, 'This is Final Fantasy,' we'd like to show it to everyone." However, at a recent event, Square Enix wouldn't even tell Kotaku anything about Versus.

Okay. Fine. But if Square Enix does release Versus, it would be somewhat surprising for the game to keep the Final Fantasy XIII moniker, no? Especially with universe of XIII, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns coming to an end.

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With rumors swirling about Sony's inevitable PlayStation 4 reveal, Square Enix better get Versus out in a fairly timely fashion if it wants to make this generation. Or, with the way things have been going, next generation.

Lightning Returns Isn't The End of Fabula Nova Crystallis [IGN]

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DISCUSSION

Honest question. Are these games any good at this point?

I'm kind of turned off by everything I see about Final Fantasy. For one thing I'm not a big fan of Japanese-styled games in the first place and that's kind of hard to get past. They also seem to be mostly about brooding characters, over-the-top giant swords, performing multiple hit combos that somehow keep you suspended in mid-air, and interactions with wacky cute-yet-killer pet creatures. I know that's probably an unfair characterization (and some of that may not be FF specifically), but that's what they always look like to me.

I've never played anything in the FF franchise, but I might be interested in trying some of them out and seeing if I really am missing something. The problem is it seems most people who really like the FF games don't like the newer ones (which is typical in most franchises) so I tend to wonder if I really want to back track nearly a decade just to get a "good enough" representation of the series to test the waters.