Final Fantasy Versus XIII Has An Open Field With Roaming Monsters [Update]

By Spencer . June 23, 2010 . 1:16am

imageClips from an interview with Tetsuya Nomura reveal Final Fantasy Versus XIII has an open world. Players will be able to explore it by using a car, which they can ride at any time.


Monsters walk around on the field and sometimes the will pop up if you are just hanging around. Another bullet point reads, “battles are basically seamless.” Aside from load times when changing areas, the world is seamless too.


Another report on the interview says their are destructible objects and a fight scene modeled off a gas station in Shinjuku.


We’re searching for scans of the interview to double check the facts and to see those new Behemoth fight screenshots.


Update: Partial Famitsu scans, thanks for finding them BrotherCavil!


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  • Vanilla

    Seamless gameplay is always good. I hated how in Crisis Core you were confined to some tiny space even though you were essentially in the same spot and you had to wait for things to load.

    • Aoshi00

      I don’t like those borders separating the areas either making each section feel like a small room either, but it was the PSP, so.. even FFXII had those dotted lines btwn areas. Actually I’m quite amazed by Xenoblade, I notice that there’s no loadscreen or invisible borders in the open field, the game world is HUGE but it’s all connected, it’s all one single space, anywhere you see you can go, but you never need to wait traveling btwn different areas.. hope VS XIII would turn up well…

  • ryukazama

    FFXII open world please.

    • Aoshi00

      Xenoblade open world please, the world in FFXII was kind of boring even though it was expansive..

      • “Expansive” is pretty generous. What’s Xenoblade’s like?

        • Aoshi00

          check my comments above :) I don’t think an open world is the most important, instead the world just needs to feel imaginative. At least more areas should be accessible, otherwise it would feel like FFXIII, all those pretty things in the background but that’s all it is, background.. Xenoblade is an open world I suppose, so far I can pretty much go anywhwere, it’s a fun world to explore though, I’m a little awe struck like I was playing Chrono Trigger back then. FFXII’s world was big, but it wasn’t interesting, it’s like forest, desert, ruins, etc but they felt a little mundane, plus I wasn’t too crazy about the MMO-like gameplay anyway, and Xenoblade is a more fun seamless action/turn-based RPG in an open world. You can change to night to day and day to night and teleport to places you’ve been to, making traveling a lot easier than FFXII.

          I bought the Xenoblade soundtrack as well, it’s amazing. I hope VS XIII would some good music too… but I’m not keeping my hopes up when it comes to FFs anymore, been let down too many times.

          • jj984jj

            Shimomura won’t disappoint!

          • Aoshi00

            yea, even though I’m not big on KH, I love her piano pieces and epic scores.. if this game could make me think it’s worth importing at $100 (FFXII/XIII didn’t), I promise I wouldn’t bash Nomura for his countless KHs anymore :)

  • holyPaladin

    Oh nice.
    I love world map :) if it is

    • Ereek

      I think they’re aiming for less “world map” and more Elder Scrolls or Grand Theft Auto. At least that’s what it sounds like to me.If you’ve never played those, I think you might also compare Dragon Quest VIII, which has the open world “look” to it, but isn’t truly “open.” FFXII has a semi-open world, too.

      • ShinGundam

        You know there is a controllable Airship so it might be mix of both ?

        • Ereek

          You can have an airship in a purely open world title.

          I’d argue that by “world map” they mean “field screen,” though. Of course, there’s no real difference, it’s just that “world map” makes fans more comfortable.

          • holyPaladin

            Oh so it’s Open world?

            I miss classic world map then.. (I mean u can enter town and exit to world map then the town became small which FF use it at the past (before FF X))

  • That’s great and whatnot, but I’m not sure I approve of this trend in particular. It’s like Japanese developers are all, “SEE? WE’RE WESTERN! Open world! We are SO Western. Buy our game for many yens. I mean, dollars.”

    Still, I’m biased as a JRPG fan, so I’ll shrink into the shadows and concede defeat here. I understand this is a valued feature in the West, whereas it’s just gravy for me, however welcome. Mind, if it’s like Final Fantasy XII, that didn’t fit my definition of “open world.”

    • vrakanox

      Well when they say open world I think they mean more like the older final fantasy’s where you can go around and explore. If they said “tons of quests, you can kill anyone including the townspeople and be good or be evil” Then I would say it’s more like a WRPG. IMO an Open World has always been a part of what JRPGs are Final Fantasy 13 was kind of the odd one out in that regard.

      • karasuKumo

        Agreed an open world is one of FF’s most famous features. XIII disappoint me in that aspect but the story is great. This game seems to fill in the blanks XIII had.

        • Ereek

          Please know that “open world” is traditionally not a synonym to “world map.” “Open world” is typically used with “sandbox,” if anything. Of course, at this point we can’t say for sure which SE means because we don’t have enough information, but the screens appear more “Open world” to me. I’m actually getting a Fallout 3-ish feel from them. Take that as you will.

          Edit: Deleting the second half of my comment because I know someone is just begging to disagree with me on the semantics. I’m not here to argue what is and what isn’t, just trying to give a more realistic view of what the game might and might not be.

          My opinion is that it’s going to be far less “traditional” than people seem to believe.

          • karasuKumo

            I see your point I should have said world map.

            From the screens It really does look like an open world but they could just be renders not gameplay screens so we will have to wait, but from the interview it seems it will be, but to what extent? If it is GTA style that would be great, If it’s like XII then that would suck, so far it seems like the best of both to me.

          • Aoshi00

            The caption says you can go as far as your eyes can see, so it really seems like open world and bigger than world map. I’m usually not a big fan of sandbox games (I do like GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption though), but after FF13 taking linearity to the extreme (honestly, I have never felt any game being linear until FF13 came along), it really is a relief to be not boxed in by a tunnel. Xenoblade’s world feels liberating too. The screenshots look very nice.. now the question is when will this come out, before the end of this year :(? Xenoblade and Last Story would keep me pretty busy I guess.. Somehow gas stations always seem so ominous, like Star Ocean 4 or Alan Wake..

          • karasuKumo

            Thanks for translationg the caption :D that’s very exciting after a while sandbox games are bound to get boring. If they have lot’s of side missions and tressure ect it keeps it interesting so knowing FF we probably will have lots to do.

            I really do hope for a 2010 release I personally think December would be the best release since XIII was released then and it’s Christmas haha but I fear that it could be Spring 2011 since Square like to space out their numbered FF titles.

            I agree with what you are saying about XIII it was horribly linear (even the bloody battle system think of the previous titles like crisis core and XII) it can be excused to a point because of the story (I’m still on chapter 11 lol) but as I’ve said this game will fill in the blanks XIII left with extra awesome so I am super hyped. A lot of scans tend to be of trailer footage (think of all the previous Versus scans) so I think there is the first proper gameplay trailer on the horizon :D :D :D

  • Ereek

    Oh, my. Open Worlds are my love. I have no complaints here at all.

  • Status: Some hope remaining in Square-Enix. Maybe just enough to edge me towards a purchase again. After XIII, I was really left with a stale taste and thinking that JRPGs as a whole have become stagnant. Want to see how this will progress even more now.

  • BrotherCavil

    So I guess the scanned in-game screenshots weren’t important enough to be posted, Spencer? :P

    • karasuKumo

      OMFG THANK YOU! You are a god.

    • MrRobbyM


    • No, I didn’t see these when I wrote this last night. Thanks for sharing them.

      • BrotherCavil

        Lol, I was just kidding. As implied by the tongue…lol. Enjoy anyways.

  • karasuKumo

    Finally I am so exited for this game.

  • karasuKumo

    This will replace crisis core as my favourite game I just know it :D looks too good I might just die of an awesome OD! lol

    I like the more realistic world too.

  • ForeverFidelis…

  • BrotherCavil

    The game looks very….Fallouty.

  • Kris

    Looks good, but I’d love a release date!

  • >open world>drive a carOh wow. The antithesis of FFXIII, huh? Now all we need are some radio stations like the ones in GTA… *That* would be awesome if they did it right. Probably best if they were mainly talk radio stations. It’d fit, right?

    • Talk radio stations set in this world would be an amazing way to get into the universe they’re creating.

  • sasuke222

    Finally some news on this game!!!!!!

    Lol 13 people liked it on facebook.

  • Sakurazaki

    This should be called: Final Fantasy Versus Grand Theft Auto. Lol.

  • Really, the more I see, the more I am convinced that Versus takes place on Gran Pulse, a very long time before XIII.

  • masuto

    Looking good! Looking good!

  • thebanditking

    This honestly tops half of what was announced at E3 for me, though given my fondness for Japanese RPGs that makes sense. Honestly I really wish they would just rename this to Final Fantasy 14, because while I do not hate FF13; this looks to be the superior game.

  • Are people forgetting that Dragon Quest VIII had a similar open world?

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