One Day Your Grandkids Might Play Final Fantasy Versus XIII

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Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a game that exists. But for players, it exists only in screenshots and trailers. And has so for many, many years.

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That looks like it won't be changing anytime soon for the game. Late last week, Square Enix confirmed which games it will be bringing to E3. Big, highly anticipated titles like Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs made the list. Noticeably absent? Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

In this month's Game Informer, Final Fantasy Versus XIII game director Tetsuya Nomura said this about the game: "We would like to ask for your patience on an official announcement for this title. It always takes time when tackling the challenge of doing something completely new, but we are doing our best to bring information to the fans as quickly as we can. Your patience is greatly appreciated."

This comes as earlier this spring, Nomura seemed ready to talk about the game, adding, "We're almost done with preparing the latest info for the game." However, Nomura and Square Enix did not provide any new info about the game, which was announced back in 2006.

"Because of a totally unrelated reason," Nomura added, "there are circumstances in which that info cannot be released."

This game was announced way too early. Square Enix had not begun work in earnest on FFVXIII and should never had revealed the game. Doing so, makes the studio look highly inefficient and is building up unreasonable expectations for the game.

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With Versus XIII seemingly absent from this year's E3 gaming expo, the next logical venue to show off Final Fantasy Versus XIII is this year's Tokyo Game Show. It would make more sense, seeing as how Final Fantasy's biggest fans are traditional domestic players.

Last year, however, it was absent from TGS. Hopefully, it will be there eventually so you can play it before your grandkids.

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Nomura Comments on Versus XIII development [FinalFantasy.net]

DISCUSSION

"This game was announced way too early. Square Enix had not begun work in earnest on FFVXIII and should never had revealed the game."

SQEX revealed the game for one reason, and one reason only. Sony was not doing well with the PS3 at launch. It was priced way too high, and people did not have a lot of motivation to buy the console. So, Sony needed SQEX to help them out and bring in the big guns. They needed people to know that if you got a PS3, you'd get an exclusive FF game.

"Doing so, makes the studio look highly inefficient and is building up unreasonable expectations for the game."

This has nothing to do with SQEX being super inefficient. It has to do with them agreeing to help out Sony, something that I'm sure they won't bother with a second time after all this backlash. They had some development issues on FFXIII, but they've already restructured internal communication after that. Versus wasn't even fully started until about a year ago, and is being made much more efficiently. Not to mention, they just got XIII-2 out the door in 1.5 years, which is ridiculously efficient.

And the thing is, the game will be fairly new, so he has a point. Compare and contrast this with something like Diablo III, which was remade completely at least once, and now is coming out looking very similar to the previous games. Or Starcraft II, which took forever and is very similar as well. Or compare to some of the Valve interviews where they admit to remaking a game entirely up to 4x before agreeing that it's good enough. Or compare it to Notch, who announces things so early that they have stand in characters in their pre-alpha state. When they do it, they get nothing but praise for their commitment to quality. When SQEX does it, they get nothing but shit from everyone. It's a major double standard. People need to relax already. It's done when it's done. What do you want them to do, rush it out? I get it, 6 years is a long time - but people do need to keep their impatience in check sometimes.

"With Versus XIII seemingly absent from this year's E3 gaming expo, the next logical venue to show off Final Fantasy Versus XIII is this year's Tokyo Game Show"

I agree, seems like TGS will be it. That, or it will have it's own 1st Production Department event like they did last January. TGS isn't a bad call, considering it had record attendance last time. And having Tomb Raider, Hitman, and possibly a Soul Reaver reveal all at the same show is already a full list. What does Valve have at E3 again? Oh yeah, nothing.