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Rumour: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Doesn't Exist Anymore

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sorry about that

For the millions of readers that have spent the PlayStation 3’s entire lifespan drooling over Square Enix’s oft-delayed Final Fantasy Versus XIII, we have some sound advice for you: stop reading this article right now. And if you really must persist, make sure you have a brand new box of Kleenex within reach.

According to a rumour on Kotaku, the hotly anticipated PS3 exclusive has been canned after a whopping six years in development. The publication adds that the company won’t make an announcement regarding the project's cancellation in order to protect its share price – instead, it’s hoping that fans will simply forget the game was ever announced. Well, you can’t miss what you never had right?

Speculation is currently rife regarding the future of the ostentatiously labelled Fabula Nova Crystallis series. Square Enix is expected to make a batch of new announcements on 1st September, with Final Fantasy XIII-3 the most probable reveal.

Pitchforks at the ready, then.


User Comments (14)



CanisWolfred said:

"According to a rumor on Kotaku..."

That's all I needed to read to know it's bull crap.



ztpayne7 said:

You'd think that announcing ff13 vs would in fact be their most profitable reveal.



ztpayne7 said:

Oh, the only acceptable alternative to canning it is by instantly making kingdom hearts hd (1, 2, birth by sleep), and kingdom hearts 3; then releasing vs 13 under the name final fantasy 15.



Azikira said:

I heard about this. The worst part is the game looked absolutely incredible, and I was looking forward to it much more then any recent releases by them. But hopefully the rumor that they're using the game's assets for FF15 is true, so that it MIGHT still be alive... somehow...



ShogunRok said:

Yes, Kotaku is garbage. No argument there... But it's been over 6 years since we first heard about Versus. If it was dead I wouldn't be surprised in the least.

I'm at least hoping if it is dead, SE are putting some of its resources back into FFXV, so it wasn't a total complete and utter waste of time.



Cloud-San-VII said:

Was I surprised, no. Am I sad, yes. As long as this is made into Final Fantasy XV and has all the same stuff (except anything that related it to the FF XIII saga) I will be fine. I don't want another FF XIII game, especially FF XIII-3, but it is most probable. I heard that the KH HD will be announced there, though. Maybe it will just be one game, maybe both, but whatever it is, it better be good. Also, don't give up hope on a Final Fantasy VII remake and the Kingdom Hearts HD Collection!



Mieu-Fire said:

final fantasy XIII-3 will suck i wanted final fantasy versus XIII it would been awsome its a hack en slash hopefully this means KH3 will be comeing(probaly not) and i hope final fantasy 15 will not be like final fantasy 13 i didnt like the battles in that i prefer hack en slash over turn base i hope it be like last story in a way



Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

Why would they cancel a game that has been in development for 6 years? That's just a big waste of time and money if it's true.



Kage_88 said:

Kotaku is an awful, awful site...

...but I wouldn't be surprised if Versus was in fact canned. Well, either that, or Square-Enix have reworked it into FF XV with their new, next-gen engine.



ThreadShadow said:

No, no, no,!!! I was actually excited for this one! It was gonna be action-based, action based! The relatively clean and simple styles of the characters were good, and the "modern kingdom" aspect was good. Big city, cars, Kings and thrones and swords...looked good.

Hopeful theory. I think SE may hope fans forget about the whole "Fabula Nova Crystallis" thing, not Versus XIII itself. With XIII getting so many sequels itself, the "compendium" is becoming irrelevent. Especially since Agito got delayed so long and then renamed. Now people have been waiting so long for Versus that it doesn't strike any relevency for the "compendium". Nobody knows about "Fabula Nova Crystallis", nobody cares about "Fabula Nova Crystallis". So I think SE will cut the pretentious stuff and rename FF Versus XIII as FFXV.

Point 2. FFXIII has a following, but it's also caused SE lots of headaches from fans and media alike, so I think they will call it FF XV and give it some distance from XIII for people to give it a fresh and fair chance. Not being shackled to XIII can only help it.



CommanderAudio said:

What do you mean it's bad news? Kingdom Hearts 3 hasn't been made yet because even though its been announced, Tetsuya Nomura, the creator of KH, has been focusing solely on FFVXIII. So if it's cancelled.....



ThreadShadow said:

magicboxnow is reporting that:
"RUMOR: Kotaku reported that Square Enix has cancelled the release of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, it was officially cancelled within the last few weeks. One source said the Versus XIII development and resources had been folded into another game, which is to be the next numeric Final Fantasy title - Final Fantasy XV."


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