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Final Fantasy XV May Not Take an Age to Attack Your PS4 After All

Posted by Sammy Barker

Nice to Noctis

Eight years ago, Square Enix announced a game called Final Fantasy Versus XIII for the PlayStation 3. Fast-forward to the present day, and that title is still not out. It’s changed its name and switched platforms in the interim – a move which the Japanese publisher has likened to climbing a mountain – but it still doesn’t represent a real physical product that people can buy. Fortunately, the studio is at least willing to admit that the release is “quite far into development”. Take your time, chaps.

"We can't give too much information but certainly looking at Final Fantasy XV, it's not as if it's in competition with Kingdom Hearts III for resources or anything like that," said series producer Yoshinori Kitase in an interview with "It's quite far into development now and it is being given a very high priority within the company itself, but that doesn't mean that Kingdom Hearts isn't."

Those of you that have followed the saga surrounding the software will recall the release being formerly re-announced at E3 last summer. However, just because it has a fresh moniker doesn’t mean that its premise has changed, as this is still a tale “underpinned” by the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was supposed to wrap a bow around this week. Try not to groan.

“Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series,” he continued. “So even though it's not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they're all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend. [The game has] moved on, but that hasn't actually changed.”

The good news is that, judging by its re-reveal, this is very much shaping up to be the best mainline Final Fantasy title in some time. And while he’s not directly leading the project, Kitase’s eager for it to push the power of the PlayStation 4. “We are quite aware of [the console’s] capabilities, and certainly one thing that's going to come up is having battles with a lot more participants involved,” he concluded. “Having a lot more characters, a lot more things happening, that's one of the things that the new hardware does really well.”

There’s still no timeframe attached to the oft-delayed adventure, but we’re hopeful that we’ll start hearing about some firm release plans later this year. Are you still waiting for Noctis to take to the throne, or are you on the verge of committing treason? Style your hair in the comments section below.


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User Comments (14)



Volmun said:

@Jaz007 lol then it comes out on 31st of December 2014 8P — yeah it'd be good if this came out this year thow



Punkinhead145 said:

I'm hoping that we'll get some release dates by summer at the very least, because that seems the most likely. I can't wait for this game



divinelite said:

No matter how I want it 2014 release... It's impossible. So I just cross my hands for 2015. Please finally release it there I really can't wait anymore



BambooBushido said:

I want this so bad to come out this year it looked so awesome at E3 it's the only FF game I've actually been excited about



GunstarHero234 said:

Solid after seeing the disappointing X gameplay I need some kinda new fresh Next Gen RPG gameplay going also if it has to be WRPG i'll take that too.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@ShogunRok Lol! It would seem so, yes.

But seriously, if they'd manage to release it in 2015 at least, the year would match the number in the title quite nicely.

Luckily, the last FF I really cared about was 7, so I'm good with waiting for 15...might even get it if it's any good...and finally released, of course.



Bliquid said:

Am i the only one who hasn't yet got a clue about the "Legend" behind the Fabula Nova Crystallis?
Because all i see is a chaos of half baked, "bizzarre for the sake of it" ideas.
Anyaway, i'll patiently wait for this.
Is there anything else i could do?



JaxonH said:

Between Monolith Soft's X and this game, it looks like I'm set as far as fantastical JRPG's go. Both look better every time I see them. I try not to get excited for FF15 though, because of its ever-elusive release. Oh well, I can settle for X in late 2014 and FF15 in late 2015. That'll work.



AVahne said:

I remember when Crystal Bearers for Wii was also taking forever to come out...I don't remember much after the waiting.

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