Next Final Fantasy Versus XIII Reveal May Be Delayed Due To World Map Changes

By Ishaan . February 17, 2010 . 4:02pm


Left in the charge of Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts team, Final Fantasy Versus XIII was originally announced at E3 in 2006. Since then, all we’ve seen are trailers, the most recent one being a teaser rendered using the game engine, which was shown at Jump Festa ’10.


Tetsuya Nomura explained to Famitsu magazine changes being made to the world map might set the schedule back. "For displaying characters on the world map, we were originally planning on using the method used by FF#, with a small Noctis running about on the screen. But that didn’t look too great, so we ended up switching to the method used by FF#," Nomura said to Famitsu, according to a transcript translated by Andriasang. The two "#s" in the quote pertain to Final Fantasy game numbers that Famitsu were asked to edit out of the interview.


“We were hoping to debut it at E3, but we’re not sure now,” said Nomura.

  • zhemos

    Square is the new Blizzard. :P

    It’ll be done when It’s done!

  • Any news on 4 Warriors of Light and Blood of Bahamut?

    • adempton

      I second this.

    • cowcow

      Dont really care for those why bring it up

    • badmoogle

      I’m curious for the 4 warriors of light as well…

  • Rciwws

    lol Versus = VII-2 but i’m stoked all the same.

  • mFrog

    I guess FF7 style world map changing to FF12 style seems to be a big enough change to push back development.

    • BK0000

      Knowing Square Enix, they’re probably changing it from a real world map to a point and click map like when you get the airship in Final Fantasy X.

      • That was my assumption, too, though I think FFVIII had the same size characters, but zoomed out… and VII used a mini-Cloud? I dunno. It’s been like 10 years… my mind is fuzzy. Who knows.

    • badmoogle

      Unfortunately i don’t think it’s possible to hope for a FF12 world map change halfway in development.
      Unless they push back the release date to 2012.:p

  • BK0000

    I knew it wouldn’t have a real world map.

    • Aoshi00

      point and click, world map, air ship, anything’s better than no towns in XIII, I say take all the time you need and don’t make excuse later that this or that was cut.

  • 9inchsamurai

    Well, there’s really only 3 different ways Final Fantasy has done the world map. Mini-versions of the character, replacing the world map with a completely contiguous world, and taking it out entirely using a destination selection interface. Hopefully, we’ll get to see something resembling a traditional world map for Versus XIII…

  • 311

    Actually looks more promising than XIII. I guess we will have to wait

    • thebanditking

      Awesome avatar, I love those chibi drawings. I only know the pixiv account name do you know the real artists name by chance?

  • Hraesvelgr

    Aw man, you guys had to use that picture, didn’t you? Now I can’t help but start laughing when I think of Versus XIII again…

  • MrRobbyM

    I was hoping for an FFVII or VIII styled map. I don’t want a point and click map, that takes out all the fun. Seriously, I’ve spent countless hours just flying around in the airship in VII. So fun.

  • anbu

    Whichever world map they choose is fine. This game is already a winnner to me. I miss my badass emoish main character, I don’t care what everyone says lol. When was the last time we saw one on ff anyways, since squall?

  • thebanditking

    This is easily my most anticipated RPG. Good to hear it will at least have a world map. Even if the game is structured like Kingdom Hearts that would be great. I must say the thing I am most interested to see is the battle system. I wonder if it will be action based or even if you will have other people fight with you, as most footage focused only on Noctis.

    • Joanna

      I recall an early interview where Nomura stated that it would be a “more mature” Kingdom Hearts battle system. Not sure what that means, but at the very least it will not be turn based.

  • Well, better they do this than rush it with a sloppy world map. While the wait may be painful, I know by the time this game hits the shelves, I’ll realize the wait was TOTALLY worth it.

    I have high hopes for this game :3

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