Square Enix To Hold 1st Production Dept. Conference In January [Update]

By Ishaan . December 12, 2010 . 10:40pm

Back in September, Square Enix announced that they would be holding a Japanese press conference in January to show off their Fabula Nova Crystallis line of games…or to put it more simply, at long last, a look at Final Fantasies Versus and Agito XIII, alongside further information on Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy.


Judging by an announcement made today, these plans might have changed a little; but not to worry…it sounds like it could be for the better. The Fabula Nova Crystallis conference is now titled “Square Enix 1st Production Department Premiere,” which sounds like its scope could have expanded.


The conference is to be held on January 18th at the Toho Cinemas in Roppongi Hills, and will be held twice during the day from 6 – 7:30 PM and 8 – 9:30 PM. Square Enix have already confirmed the announcement of new games at the conference in the past.


You might be wondering what the 1st Production Department is. It’s the group within Square Enix responsible for developing the mainline Final Fantasy games as well as the Kingdom Hearts franchise. However, Kingdom Hearts 3D could be exempt from the conference on account of actual development taking place at Square’s Osaka division, which also worked on Birth by Sleep.


Update: Tetsuya Nomura tweeted Square Enix will announce titles to be shown at the conference next week.

  • Guest

    As long as I see some gameplay footage of Versus XIII & Agito XIII and possible release dates..

  • mach

    Ooh, maybe this time we’ll get to see a whole 19 seconds of Versus game play. And maybe Nomura will announce that the process of designing the characters’ jewelry is finally complete, so once he finishes the shoe selection process (in 2.5 years), the team will move on to developing the battle system.

    • doomspeller10

      Yeah, and by the time they are done with it the game platform will be changed to the PS4 and thus delayed some more years.
      Though if it’s not a clusterf*ck like FFXIV I wouldn’t mind.

    • Tokyo Guy

      Yeah. I mean it’s not like the game hasn’t been in development for the past 3+ years now. Nomura is quite possibly the worst thing to happen to this game, considering he is seemingly behind every complaint there is to make.

  • PrinceHeir

    gonna be a long time till Versus comes out.

    im really surprised some recent games managed to hit on shelfs before this game.

    Gran Turismo 5, Uncharted 1-2(3 soon), Marvel vs Capcom 3, Okamiden.

    wow just wow how long are we gonna wait square? they should have announce this game on the January conference instead of 4 years ago.

  • Gawd~~!! Been waiting for this for like a long time!! Excitment aside, they had better give more insight on both of the game.. Agito no doubt will have progress but versus on the other hand I hope they move most of their team to help out… enough for the nonsense excuse..

  • The only thing im interested is that all those games especially Versus XIII are PS3 Exclusive or not for the 360
    Rather for the 3DS than this crap console

  • Can’t wait for the trailers, espeiclally Agito XIII. An exapnded storyline or gameplay trailer would be most welcoming :D

  • Please “announce” the release date for Agito and Versus XIII. Though if its new games…well maybe a Kingdom Hearts is coming to some console, is that out of the realm of reality?

  • After the big showing it’s revealed that both Agito and Versus have been replaced by knock offs of Halo entitled Devil and Extreme action Supreme, cutting edge western styled shooters.

    • Shhhhhhh!!!

      Wada will hear you and think that’s a good idea!

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Parasite Eve has already been turned into a shooter, Agito has TPS elements, and other than that Square has 2 western styled shooters in the works: Mindjack and Gun Loco.

      Too late. It’s only a matter of time.

      • All that’s missing now are for the main characters to look like rejects from Gears of War, or has that already happened?

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Oh god I do not want to picture that. But Mikami and Nagoshi have already done it so what’s stopping Nomura?

          • Isn’t that the real reason they are delaying Versus? So they can get the guy who did the designs for GOW to work on Versus.

          • GOW? God of War? The designs in that aren’t…oh, did you mean GeOW?

        • Aoshi00

          I would use Anya :)

  • I should probably start preparing myself for a Holiday 2013 Versus XIII release date, shouldn’t I?

    I should also expect maybe one or two titles I want to see that won’t actually be released until the end of time, and four or five titles farmed out to Western developers that’ll come out a week later but I won’t have any interest in.

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    It’s their conference and all, but all we really care about is Agito and Versus. We know we can get info about the others in magazines/sites/etc. .

    • neo_firenze

      Yeah why don’t we wait and see what they have to say before stating that all we care about is Agito and Versus. I think people would change their tune if they also announced, oh by the way, FFVII remake or new Chrono game.

      • [The Hunter] Doomrider

        The original purpose of the conference was to finally show Versus and Agito, and that’s what I’m expecting out of it. Judging by the comments in this article, that’s what most are expecting too. Anything else is an extra, really.

        I don’t think people should start getting excited about baseless hypothesis. Maybe they’ll announce Chrono Break or Vagrant Story II. Maybe they won’t. I’m not going to get excited about something I don’t even know exists.

        However, I suppose they could announce a new FF. But I’m not getting excited for that either. Not yet.

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        FFVII remake and a new Chrono game? Crazy talk. Given their current circumstances and strategy, it’s not realistic. At all.

        I don’t know what they have up their sleeves but they have so many games not released yet (including Eidos ones) and current ones taking so long, announcing more big guns in 2011 would mean none of them are coming out until 2015 the earliest. They just don’t have the resources.

        …But in a world where Imageepoch announces 8 games at once with 4 mystery titles, unrealistic crazy talk can become truth, I won’t deny that.

  • NoElixirs

    Agito XIII is more important at the moment. The director seems to have his act together and isn’t everywhere.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    It’s really happening this time… They’re SHOWING *SOMETHING THAT RESEMBLES A RELEASE DATE*!! I FEEL IT! I FEEL THE COSMOS!(?)


    (If they don’t and the cosmos are wrong I’m shelving Versus into the deep dark recesses of my scummy subconscious where it might never emerge again)

    • Tokyo Guy

      Um…don’t they need to show actual gameplay before they can unveil something as lofty as the release date?

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        You’d think, but Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was announced at the VGAs recently with nothing but a CG teaser (devoid of action, no less!) and a promised specific release date of 11-11-11.

        Otherwise, many games have unveiling teasers with just a wee bit of gameplay followed by a vague release window (i.e. Spring 2012).

  • thebanditking

    Works for me I can’t wait to see FFVXIII and Agito, they could call the conference “super twinkle donkey gum” for all I care :)

  • karasuKumo

    We need some decent reassurance from SE that they are actually working on these titles. A clip of Noctis running wasn’t worth a four year wait, hopefully they’ll please us in January :D

    • Aoshi00

      Nomura’s not done w/ the intro yet, he’s still working on the scene where Noctis and the girl are exchanging stares, or how to make him look cool dodging bullets :). I wonder who his seiyuu would be, that trailer was silent right… I’m not expecting anything at the rate they’re working, coming out in 2012, 2013, 2014, whenever… PS3 has a 15-yr life cycle to wait for that.

      • karasuKumo

        :'( It’s one of the main reasons I bought a PS3 -__- I can’t believe it’s taking this long.

        I’d like to see a calm voiced Seiyuu (Maybe Junichi Suwabe?) as him and someone like Yukari Fukui to play Stella :).

        • Aoshi00

          Very good choices, I used to looove Suwabe Jun’ichi (Fuma of X/1999 and Atobe in Prince of Tennis), he’s coolness reincarnated, but maybe a bit mature and aloof? Ishikawa Hideo (Itachi of Naruto) would be pretty cool too, but he’s alrdy Squall in KH and Auron in FFX.. Fukui Yukari was pretty good as Vanille and Nia in Gurren Lagaan. Since we haven’t seen much from VS, they should just throw us a bone by dubbing that trailer.. or announcing the seiyuu at least.. Wanna bet Morikubo Shoutarou (Shikamaru of Naruto) would be one of the boy band, he was in Advent Children too :)

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