Rumour: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Cancelled

By Ishaan . July 20, 2012 . 8:30am

Final Fantasy Versus XIII has either been cancelled or re-tooled into a different kind of game, according to a Kotaku report.


The game, which was originally debuted in trailer form in 2006, was cancelled in these past few weeks, according to one of the website’s “several” sources regarding the subject. Staff at Square Enix were reportedly “saddened” by the move.


Another source tells Kotaku that Final Fantasy Versus XIII’s development and resources have been folded into another game, which is purportedly going to be the next numbered Final Fantasy title. This same information was confirmed to the website by a third independent source as well. Both sources said that they learnt of this information prior to the game’s cancellation in its current form.


Just what aspects of Versus XIII’s development are being folded into this alleged new project is unknown. When Kotaku approached Square Enix to ask if Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still in development, they were told: “We have no information on the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but will be sure to update you as it becomes available.”


Meanwhile, Square Enix have announced that, at an upcoming Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event, they will share plans about the next Final Fantasy XIII project, which will focus on continuing FFXIII protagonist Lightning’s adventures.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    “According to a Kotaku report”So, it’s bullshit. Moving on…

    • MrRobbyM

      Hahahaa. Agreed. I couldn’t trust Kotaku with a dime. They’ve become too much of a tabloid rather than a news source over the past 2 years or so. But at the same time this news just makes sense. XIII doesn’t have a great reputation and even if it did, it’d make more sense to just rename Versus to FFXV even if it does change a bit.

    • cj_iwakura

      If their goal was to get their site hits, it worked in spades. Everyone and their mother is reposting that ‘news’.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Dude the salt mines are about to blow up in these comments…

  • KingGunblader

    inb4 everyone.

  • James Beatty

    It would make sense. FF 13 doesn’t have a good reputation so a different name could do it some good. If it’s cancelled it could mean that they are cancelling the project to work on KH 3…just speculation though 

  • Xapth

    I don’t like this rumour, but I wouldn’t be so quick to make judgment until the Toyko Game Show this year.

    A lot of people are mentioning how it would odd for them to include the Versus XIII song “Somnus” as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy DLC if they were planning to cancel the game.

    Seriously though, this game is the only reason I’ve been okay with the lack of developments on Kingdom Hearts III. I really hope this is just a rumour.

  • I lost all hope in Square Enix. Time to give Atlus all my love now.

    • Kevadu

      Save some love for Falcom.

  • MrRobbyM

    Like I said in the last FF thread, I don’t think the game is outright cancelled at all. I’m sure it will undergo some changes for sure but will pretty much remain the same game but just be renamed to Final Fantasy XV.

    As long as that happens, you shall have my money, SE. Otherwise I’m done with you.

    • leadintea

      People keep saying this, but I don’t know whether it’s true. I don’t think it’d be possible to rename this game to FFXV since so much of the lore is based around the core aspects of FNC.

      • MrRobbyM

        I don’t think it’d be that big of a deal to make a FNC game while not having the XIII slapped on the title. I think it’d be alright to make a different numbered game but still share the same lore. Besides, they could still change the game’s lore. It’s not like we’ve seen much of the game anyways.

    • Aoshi00

      They might as well rename Versus 13 to FF15 anyway, just like Agito 13 was renamed to FF Type-Zero.  The impression of most people is that this game took forever to come out, but if it’s renamed 15, it won’t feel as horrible for it to come out after 13-3.  And such an ambitious entry should be the next numbered title, rather than belonging to a series of games w/ 13 on it.

  • rebecasunao

    I sure hope that’s a rumor, I was looking forward to Versus. Not because of the characters, the plot or the graphics, but because of the gameplay. If it’s indeed been cancelled then I hope they’ll make another Final Fantasy action RPG game.

  • grevlinghore

    Yeah, let´s cancel the game that everyone´s hyped about in favor of some more games that nobody cares about. Cheers to that.

  • I hope that if this is true, it just means “Versus 13 doesn’t exist, let’s make it 15 instead”.

  • pho_Enix

    This game has been vaporware since 2006, I’d be more surprised if it wasn’t cancelled.

  • malek86

    Well it’s easy. Let’s ask Squenix directly. If they say “we don’t comment on rumors or speculations”, that means it’s probably true.

    • vormeob

       or it could mean…”we don’t comment on rumors or speculation”

      • Kevadu

        Nah, that’s crazy talk.

    • cj_iwakura

      IGN already did, and they don’t.

  • MrRobbyM

    This or…greatest marketing idea ever?! Keep everyone’s expectations low and then BAM. TGS 2012(or FF conference of sorts). Trailer for 2013 release.

    I’m kidding, but that would be nice.

  • I don’t believe, they invest too much already on this. Even if they could not make this game anymore, I think they will turn this into movie, it’s too much to be wasted. I still hope it’s a game though.

    • MrRobbyM

      LOL. They’ve released so many CG trailers over the past years they might as well!

      Made me laugh.

  • vormeob


    According to my unnamed sources, the identity of these “several sources” have been revealed!  They are Brian Ashcraft’s left buttcheek, Brian Ashcraft’s right buttcheek, and Brian Ashcraft’s filthy anus.

    Vormeob “reached out” to the group for more information but they declined to comment.

    • Let’s try to keep our comments productive and mature, please. I won’t warn you a second time.

      • vormeob


  • Paradox me

    Another source tells Kotaku that Final Fantasy Versus XIII’s development and resources have been folded into another game, which is purportedly going to be the next numbered Final Fantasy title.

    Knowing my luck it’ll have been folded into Final Fantasy XIII-3 instead of simply becoming XV or XVI.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Even if it was true(which it might be) I don’t see why everyone is shocked. Come one they only showed 2 or 3 videos and some random screen shots and what that was close to 2 years ago?

  • I thought Siliconera simply didn’t post these rumours O.o Anyway, I’ve said before there was a huge chance this game was cancelled or at least on the verge of cancellation, and yet I still think Kotaku to be a unreliable source.

    So I really don’t know. It would be a huge waste for SE should they simply pull the plug on this…a name change would be understandable, knowing the same thing happened with Agito back in the day. But still…

    • MrRobbyM

      Well I think that’s it’s everywhere already so I think this is excusable. Just as @cj_iwakura:disqus said, “everyone and their mother is reposting that ‘news'”.

    • Normally, we wouldn’t, but Kotaku seem confident in their report and cite three separate sources. They wouldn’t have posted a story of this magnitude were there not reason enough for it.

      • MrRobbyM

        Even though I believe the news, I don’t trust Kotaku one bit. As I said below, they’ve become too much of a tabloid rather than a news source. Maybe Kotaku is telling the truth, but it might be as far as reasoning goes, I can’t shake the feeling it was more for site hits than delivering news with unnamed sources. They always post articles that they know will stir-up conversation for the sake of site hits.

        I know Siliconera has a good relationship with Kotaku(or at least used to?) and I don’t mean to disrespect that, but seeing Kotaku’s site compared to how they used to be is just sad.

      • Showmeyomoves

        Then you don’t know Brian Ashcraft. His shoddy reporting and rumor-mongering are the main reasons I switched to this very site. (They also completely ruined their formerly awesome community, but that’s another story.)

        Anyway, I’ll try not to turn this into a “Kotaku hate thread”. There’s enough of those on already.

        • MrRobbyM

          …now that I think about it, weren’t you a mod or something for Kotaku years ago? Maybe just well known. Idk. I used to be all up in the comments about 2 years ago or so. I was TheVegetarianHamburger on there and your username rings a few bells.

          • Showmeyomoves

            Haha, yeah. I wasn’t a mod or anything, but I did gain quite a few “followers” back when I was active there. “TheVegetarianHamburger” rings a few bells over here as well.

            I kind of miss the old Kotaku community, but unfortunately I don’t see it going back to the way it was anytime soon…

          • MrRobbyM

            I knew it. But yeah, I don’t think it ever will be. Oh well.

      •  Hmmm, I understand. I still think their “sources” are shoddy, but this is just my personal point of view. Thanks for explaining that.

  • Jiikae

    This is most likely true. With that said, I want to know what Square’s new excuse will be for why KH3 isn’t being actively developed.

    • MrRobbyM

      Because making a beloved franchise into convoluted, spin-off, lower budget handheld games makes a lot of money.

      • That and they want to take all there staff and make s…crappy XIII sequels. >_>

        • MrRobbyM

          I agree but watch what you say around here. The FFXIII defense force swoops in without a moments notice.

          • Eh people are allowed to have opinions and anything they say cannot hurt me. Now if they came up and started shooting me like that guy in the theater that Squirrel posted then I’d be more scared.

          • MrRobbyM

            I’m just joking lol. Though it would be funny if Lightning burst through your window and just started flipping around nonsensically, shooting everywhere.

          • lol That would be pretty funny. :P But if Lightning burst through my window there would be… other things going besides shooting. xD

          • cj_iwakura

            I like FFXIII and all, but I don’t think they should work on it to the exclusion of all else, ESPECIALLY not something as original looking as Versus XIII.

  • cj_iwakura

    On the small chance this IS true, people better not let them forget it. Attempts to brush this under the rug should be unforgivable. 

  • Go2hell66

    Lol kotaku i actually cracked up laughing when i saw them mentioned in the article, please dont tell me ppl are actually taking this seriously

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I don’t think people believe this beacuse they trust Kotaku or something. I think they believe this beacuse they find this scenario more likely than Versus XIII actually seeing a release at this point.

      Then again, Duke Nukem Forever managed to see a release after 12 years (even if the game didn’t turn out to be all that good), so anything is possible.

  • revenent hell

    Oh well its good to know it was cancelled for the next numberd tittle instead of for XIII-3 that makes it so much easier to swallow.
    Thank you SE for focusing so much on the XIII spinoffs instead of this game no one wanted this anyways….
    Ok now that my venom has spilled a bit I wonder exactly what this game has been morphed in to if these rumors are to be believed,I myself like the action combat system as well and hope that still appears. I shouldnt harpy so much on it being cancelled since in the game world it happens for what ever reason but i’d still like to hear about what they kept I quite liked the story aspect and the main guy up there so hopefully those where somewhat left be eveything else I wouldnt mind changing I held no love for any of the other charecters so much but I did realy like what little I had heard of the story.

  • AJ

    You know?  6 years ago when I was 14, I saw the very first trailer for this.  I said to myself at the time, “When this game gets released, I’m buying a PS3″.  Well here I am now…with a 360.

    Here’s an honest question-

    How does Square-Enix still have fans?

    They’ve done nothing but under-perform, disappoint, and flagrantly rip off their fans with watered down tripe.  I’m not just randomly spouting insults either.  This sort of vitriol comes from the fans themselves.  I used to shrug it off as hot air since these guys still continue to buy their games out of some…”obligation” to a company that they themselves admit is breaking a foot in their ass.  I could go on, but there in lies the problem.  They feel obligated to buy their games.  This goes against everything a video game should stand for.

    So people, I ask you.  Why are you still a fan of Square-Enix?  Nostalgia?  Or, am I wrong and you actually like the recent output and don’t really know what I’m talking about?

    • I liked 13-2.

    • I love their portable games. Some of the best on the market. <3

      That's just Square specifically, though. If we were to branch out, they also own Eidos now, who are a fantastic developer/publisher.

    • J

      I still kinda like most of there stuff. Does that count?

    • Anime10121

       Because they still make good games (for portables), just not good home console games.  Though XIII-2 as a game was infinitely better than XIII-1, it still was nowhere near as good as any of their previous console games.   The first game that looked promising in ages (vs) better not be cancelled. 

      But this is even WORSE than what Capcom did with Legends 3, at least they didnt bait the fans on a line for more than a year.  Square has been dangling Vs. in front of us for 6 years now, and to cancel it after showing that amazing trailer last January, well lets just say that I wont be too kind to Square afterwards.

    • MrRobbyM

      I mostly avoid SE games unless it’s main KH games(literally, the first two and RE:CoM) or a main FF game. I wouldn’t consider myself a big fan but I like their main, core games for the most part. The FF series has been disappointed me since X though XII was a great game to me. I still found XIII enjoyable even though I found 70% of the game to be annoying. I don’t bother with spin-offs for the most part.

    • Kevadu

      Type-0 rocked.  Best game to bear the ‘Final Fantasy’ moniker in over a decade.

      Too bad it’s not in English…

      • MrRobbyM

        I prefer to not be reminded of that game.

        R.I.P. Type-0/Agito localization.

    • revenent hell

      I still aodore some SE games and its not for nostalgia.  As a base example id throw out KH even with the hella lot spin offs and whatnot I will say ive found all the games fun and have yet to truelly dislike a one of them.
       They do put out some quality games I think its just with the FF series…It seems like each new one thrown out is worse or only slightly better than the current worse so thats why I personally dislike them though in fairness not everyone has my same taste in games,hell look at units sold for XIII and XIII-2 and I detest those games, and not everyone can be pleased……it was bound to happen.
      Fans as fans will probably buy the games .I say I wont buy a XIII-3 but at the end of the day I just might it MIGHT actually be a decent game who knows id have to see more about it….

      On the posative side Bravely Default looks awesome so I  realy shouldnt bash SE as much as I normally do. Realistically I should just accept not every game they throw at me i’ll like but being a bitter person its hard for me to acknowledge that all the games they make arent personally structured to my personal taste

    • Kitestwinblades

      Simply nostalgia for me. I play a LOT of their early games- and I practically play Squaresoft games every other day XD Right now I’m trying to get all the endings for Chrono Cross. But their games ARE fun.

      Also the hope of them remaking games from their glory days. Its a thin thread connecting me to them because damn… we’re getting pretty old lol I mean remaking PS1 games is pretty much the same as saying remaking games over 12 years ago. Graphic don’t bother me but I think its a shame they don’t do anything with the classics. I mean, someone could argue that they should never touch the series again to keep them pure and I admit, I love using my imagination for the voices and animations.

      But they seem to be trying to find some ground right now- like complaining that they need a game successful as Final fantasy VII. In truth they practically have the BLUEPRINT for tons of great games. Sure it would take work, but why ignore something that you KNOW is going to sell like mad. They seem to be hell bent with sequels right now and it kinda makes me wonder if they understand that we want remakes as well. Its not just Final Fantasy its nearly everything they made on PS1. So in short, its the classics and hope of classics coming back. Also stuff like Kingdom hearts III.

  • Raze

    if it were not for the leading lady,  i dont really care what happens to this game

  • win-win for me:

    Cancelled? GREAT! Bring on Kingdom Hearts III
    Not cancelled? Great! I get to play Versus XIII

    Personally,  I am expecting it to get a “release estimation” at TGS, with there also being a formal announcement of Kingdom Hearts III going into full development.

    The Osaka team has had enough experience with the series, I have full faith that they could start work on KHIII without the series expertise of the main Kingdom Hearts team.

    Either way, I’m expecting both games to be at TGS in some shape or form, with Versus XIII nearing the completion of it’s development cycle in the not so distant future.

    • Angel wing

       What about cancelled and no KH, instead you’ll get a bunch of ios android KH ?

      • I’d laugh if it happened, and call Nomura a back-stabbing troll. But I probably wouldn’t mind it.

        Since Dream Drop Distance blatantly gives away that the next game is Kingdom Hearts III, we all know it’s coming, we just don’t know when.

    • xavier axol


      • How exactly am I a troll? No seriously, tell me how?
        I stated my opinion, that was it. And here’s a shocker! I’m a long time Kingdom Hearts’ fan who is genuinely interested in Versus XIII. Have been for YEARS.

        The fact of the matter is though…

        We were told in may we’d have information soon, clearly, that wasn’t going to be E3. So it’s obviously being saved for TGS. And since they’ve been this quiet for so long– it’s either been the best kept secret of video game development and is almost done contrary to fan belief. Or it’s a dead project…

        The facts are there, but which proves to be true in the end… is a different matter all it’s own.

        Do I want it cancelled? Absolutely not! But will I be in mourning over it…? Not really, we hadn’t seen enough to actually hype me up for it.

        Also before you baselessly call someone a troll next time, please, do yourself a favor and look up the definition of an “Internet troll”. Just speaking my opinion does not make me a troll in the slightest.

        So in short: I am extremely opinionated, and whether or not Versus XII was cancelled– I want Kingdom Hearts III.

        • xavier axol

          it might be your opinion, but for you to be saying it’s a” win win” and that you don’t care either way if square would make one or the other. i mean, i understand if it was a joke but there’s a time and a place. there’re people who’s day just turn sour, people have been waiting for years! you are not the only fan of ff series. this is a bad day for me and my friends, some people take this kind of news seriously (if it’s true). so in short, you have every right to post your opinion. but to me that sounded like a troll, now do you take that seriously?.

          • Then no offense, but you’re being a little immature by letting my opinion effect you in that way. If it’s not targeted at people, or intentionally said to get a response– so what?

            It’s a win-win for me, so what? That’s my opinion.

            But on a light note… I listed reasons why this ISN’T true. I don’t want it to be true, since I want both Versus XIII and Kingdom Hearts III, not one or the other, why should I have to choose?

            All I was saying is if I personally had to choose between them– I am tired of side games; there are no spin-offs in KH, I want Kingdom Hearts III more. But I also want to play Versus XIII, just not as much.

            Do you understand now?
            I stated my opinion, then I stated reason why this rumour is likely a load of crap; it first being reported by Kotaku should give that much away.

            Maybe me saying you’re immature for responding to my opinion is rude. But I’ve said it on past Versus XIII articles and no one has cared. So why a “fake” rumour would cause animosity towards my long-standing opinion, is beyond me. (This isn’t the only place someone has called me troll)

            It sucks for those who were waiting, I have friends who are mad as well– but they refuse to believe this rumour.

            As should you and your friends, since Kotaku has pulled crap like this before. It’s more than likely a load of crap that they made up to get hits. (again)

          • xavier axol

            i took it too far and sure i would also love a kh3, but to give a clear picture; i’m not sure what game you love most, but imagine that you have just enough info to connect the dots and get’s you excited beyond (BEYOND!) what others games in the markets had to offer for these past 6 years (don’t get me wrong, there’s been so many good games for these past 6 years). just who doesn’t want a more mature and realistic (as a modern day) final fantasy game?. anyways i’m sure you would feel the same way i do. but there’s no reason for me to be acting like a dramaqueen, so i’m sorry.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             LOL at this post.

  • Please let this be a rumour… What did Nomura think of this if it’s not???

    Although, I’m not surprised if they will pull out of Versus and go work on FFXIII-3 instead….

  • imaguni

    Um… Honestly, who hasn’t suggested that Versus is cancelled at some point lately? It wouldn’t surprise me if it were cancelled, nor would it surprise me if the game was simply rebranded into FFXV. It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but I’ll wait for official word.

  • Vampiric

    Kotaku, makes me dismiss this immediately………

    nomura 3 months ago said its in dev

    and a very reliable neogaf source says it will be shown and dated at tgs

    kotaku is best ignored

    • AuraGuyChris

      Screw Kotaku. Thanks to their stupid comment system and some other reason that keeps me from logging in in there, that place hates its users.

  • Anime10121

    Will Not BELIEVE this rumor unless there is nothing at TGS this year! I mean this is supposed to be one of the most hyped games from Square and the trailer showed LAST YEAR shows that the game is playing smooth and is looking good (although we dont know if that was running on PS3 or not).

    Add to this that this was supposed to be the game that gives them the layout to make a console Kingdom Hearts game and if this is cancelled, I doubt they would allow them to make a new Kingdom Hearts on a console (considering Vs. XIII was to be used as basically a prototype for KH on a console).

    I just dont see this happening, although if nothing is seen at TGS year, I fear or the worse:(

  • SoulEmbrace2010

    B to the S

  • Also didn’t they said that KH3 will be build based on FFVersus? How are they going to make KH3 if they couldn’t make Versus?

    • malek86

      Or they could have simply said “we have enough experience now to make KH3, so we don’t need to make Versus anymore”.

      Well let’s wait for the TGS for now. I think Squenix will have something to say.

    • Anime10121

       I’ve been making this exact same point!  All the people excited that this is cancelled and that they can “finally” start working on KH3, need to realize that this basically WAS them getting ready for KH3.  If they cant get the prototype for KH3 to work, whos to say that Square’s higher staff/board will give the cash/go head to deliver KH3 on consoles, when Nomura’s team had already failed once with Vs.  Cancellation of Versus, pretty much guarantees that KH3 will either be released on a handheld, or worst case scenario not at all (I believe that Nomura may be ousted out like Sakaguchi if Vs. is cancelled).

  • SirRichard

    On the one hand, Kotaku, who are basically the Daily Mail of videogames-focused journalism. It’s very likely that they’re making it up for hits (they’ve done this sort of thing before) or their “sources” are entirely wrong. Best case scenario, this.

    On the other, if this is true and Versus XIII ends up as XIII-3 and playing nothing like the brief glimpses of HD, pumped up Kingdom Hearts it looked like it was going to be but instead as another XIII, I’m going to snap. I simply am.

    I guess they could also be repurposing it as Final Fantasy XV, who knows, but I don’t have enough faith to believe in that.

  • Leivinia

    No, no, guys, it’s not cancelled; they’re just going into another 6 years of development to change Noctis’s clothes again.

    • MrRobbyM

      I lol’d. But now this reminds me, I really liked Noctis’s first outfit. The new, more modern design does nothing for me.

  • leadintea

    Oh, god, not you guys too? Well, we still have andriasang to keep their heads on about this issue.

  • Six years and then this?  What in God’s name is going on at that company?

    • Square-Enix has a horrible habit of being reclusive when it comes to their games. When they made CGI trailers, you think they were getting the game made but they makes BEFORE starting development.

      At least Resident Evil 6 was properly announced WHILE the game was made made, maybe more-or-less half-done so Capcom can release it while the hype is fresh, not left in the dark for years after announcing it.

  • Nitraion

    Hmm well after 6 years but wait MGR made it…..
    I think versus still can make it….

  • Domonique Weston

    Seriously? C’mon Square, I’m losing faith in you. I liked 13 (coulda been better of course) but Versus loooked like it was gonna be Square’s next best FF game! This better just be a rumor… They should leave everything as it is and just change the title of this game to FF 15. That’s the ONLY change they should do

    • MrRobbyM

      Agreed. If any game was going to restore my faith in SE, it was Versus.

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    This game is what i been wanting for a long long time it is pretty much perfect in my eyes in every shape and form this better be a rumor!

  • kamiboy


  • If true goodbye versus 13 your trailer will always be in my memories (Starts crying)  

    Lol At this comment from IGN
    ‘Of course they cancelled it. It looked like it was going to actually be good.’

  • Domii

    I hope to god that instead of making another crappy ff13 game, they’ll just release more dlc for it. As for FFversus, I’ll remain optimistic that they will continue the project, but under a new name.

  • Levin_Scorpius

    Really, Pretty Fantasy Japanese Boy Band XIII being canceled or shifted into a new thing shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone at this point. 

    Especially since the XIII games have become Lightning’s domain, with Agito becoming Type-0, it makes sense for Versus XIII to abandon it’s title and become it’s own thing.

    Also if this becomes XV then Square Enix can keep it’s three main FF games per generation thing going, so there’s that. Of course then Agni’s Philosophy better be XVI since the series has kinda had the progression from Medieval Fantasy -> Industrial Fantasy -> Sci-Fi Fantasy thus far, and Versus XIII and Agni’s Philosophy could progress the series into a Modern Fantasy kind of setting.

    • fancycakes

      yisssssss, LOVE IT, couldn’t have said it better

  • Well that might seem harsh but this wouldn’t be surprising at all. Given the developmenttime, the constant hold back of information, the lack of footage and even the fact that the luminous engine is basically build for next generation consoles…

    If it is true I hope that SE will learn from that in the future not to announce games that are basically far off a possible release date. If not, well than good for all fans of the franchise.

    Let’s just wait and see if this is true or not, time will reveal things soon enough. Even if it isn’t true it could very well be a ploy from SE themselve to keep FFVSXIII in the mind of all gamers. They wouldn’t be the first to do this and they probably won’t be the last ones either.

  • Settsuo

    I laughed, this is absolutely not true. My reason? It’s Versus XIII, I don’t care how long it’s been in development hell, seeing as Duke Nukem made it out(barely), but this is Versus XIII. We’ve seen enough to at least know it’s not just thrown together. That trailer showed a lot more then most people realize, the amount of programming, tweaking of the gameplay, AI, etc. Versus XIII will come out and when it does I’ll buy it, until then there are other games to obsess about and they all have release dates sort of (Boarderlands 2, RE6, Black Ops 2(don’t tread on me >.<), AC3, AC3DS, FFXIV 2.0, etc). Square may be lacking in the mental area, but they aren't that dumb to let a game like Versus XIII get the shaft. 

  • LightZero

    I could see this being re-branded as FFXV, but I highly doubt SE would cancel a game that they poured a lot of money into. It just wouldn’t be smart for business. I’m sure the shareholders wouldn’t be too please about that either. Otherwise I think this rumor is BS. On the small chance it is true then I hope there is a huge backlash for doing this. 

  • Natat

    Hahaha cancellin this game but continuing the crappy XIII games… c’mon Squeenix, you gotta step up your game. Lost all faith if this turns out to be true.

  • I refuse to believe that this could be canned. i have been obsessed with this game since it was but a rumor… i just hope that this means that they are ditching the elements of the game that tie it to XIII and expanding upon this story and these characters for a more unique game.

    i need this game.
    i need it.



  • Darkrise

    This had better be a rumour, otherwise I’ll completely lose faith in Sqeenix… All these years they’ve been building so much hype for 2 games and one turned out to be a hate or love game(I thought FFXIII was ok but was a let-down imo) and the other get’s “cancelled” when it looks so much better. So i’m guessing now that FFXIII is doing so well, they’ve decided to trash FFXIII versus because they were losing confidence in that title to the point where they just don’t want to risk it.

  • Chris Lane

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all, what with the development length, if they did just decide to make this FFXV

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    “We have no information on the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but will be sure to update you as it becomes available.”Did they really say that? Why not ask director Nomura? The dude has had dozens of interviews during 2012 but he never mentioned things were bad.

    Well, it’s a bit bad that we don’t even know what is the game going to be about. I had assumed it would take a mafia tone, while Noctis would be good guy with a dark side like a mix between Sasuke Uchiha and Ciel Phantomhive.

    • A mafia-type of story would’ve been interesting after playing Yakuza 3 and 4.

  • Mago Iichi

    Cancelled to start development on Kingdom Hearts 3? Hehehe

    • Anime10121

       Considering Vs. is the prototype for KH3, I doubt it.  If they cant get Vs. to work, why would Square give them the resources to make KH3?

    • Levin_Scorpius

      For that to happen Tetsuya Nomura’s attention span has to last for at least more than 5 seconds.

  • kupomogli

    If it’s cancelled now then that was a big waste of six years development time and money.  Square Enix no longer has any idea what they’re doing.  Luckily Square Enix London is still performing as if it were still Eidos, just with the Square Enix label, otherwise they wouldn’t be releasing any good games.

  • VenerableSage

    As disappointed as I am (should this end up being true), I’m not exactly surprised; this is modern Square Enix we’re talking about, after all. The list of stupid things they’ve done is already a mile and a half long, so this would just add yet another bullet point to the list.

  • Phil Noctis Cier

    Hmm, either way they released a track for thetrhythm Final Fantasy from the game that they maybe “cancelled”. So any way they just cant let that go. Woudnt that be akward? Having a 3DS final fantasy game with music from a game that may not see the light of day?  I think they will release it in the near future. Maybe just change the title name, as they did with agito:)

  • XiaomuArisu

    Maybe FFversus is now called ff14….maybe

    • Luna Kazemaru

      You do know 14 is a MMO right?

      • XiaomuArisu

        Why didnt they called it FFonline XD
        Well you know what I mean.

        • Aleman

          Agreed, they shouldn’t have incorporated any of the MMOs into the main series at all. Not bad ideas, honestly, but part of the main series?

  • At this point, cancellation is probably the most honorable way to go with this ghost of a game.

  • Zeonsilt

    I also think that FF Versus XIII is now FF XV.
    Look at this picture.

    • Interesting comparison, but I don’t think that really means anything, considering that Agni’s Philosophy was a tech demo.

    • Levin_Scorpius

      Evil Priest Dude and Middle-East Magic Cultist (“Grand Master”) don’t look alike at all (I guess maybe if you squint really hard they’d look alike?). Priest looks to be a villian in VXIII’s trailers and appears to use a gun, while in AP Cultist is, uh… a crazy cultist ritual summoner dude who is a mentor to the presumed heroine, Agni, and he also dies fairly quickly. 

      Also VXIII has everyone looking very Asian and has mostly taken place in fantasy-Japan, while AP is more racially diverse and takes place in fantasy-Middle East.

      So what I getting at here is that VXIII and AP could not be the same thing because the latter requires pretty much everything from the former to be scrapped.

  • scratchbach

    I won’t lose faith.

    I still believe ;_;

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Versus is XV now. The Versus universe probably become too different than the rest of the Fabula Nova Crystallis “trilogy”. It’s not even a
    trilogy anymore, considering Agito ended up becoming Type-0. I highly doubt that they’ve cancelled it altogether though. There’s been too much hype already, and that could mean a lot of loss.

    Anyway, rumours are just rumours for now.

    • Code

      I sorta get this feeling too, the “Trilogy” as a whole has changed since it was first mentioned, honestly the whole notion was loose even at the time. It might be a case that this is just getting restructured like Type-0 did. 

      That being said, given how little of the game has even reached the surface, and how long it’s been in development hell, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if it was canned >o>; In fact it’d surprise me more if it wasn’t canned opo;;

      • I’m assuming the resources will be reused though. For one, Noctis has already become a “final fantasy character” in the eyes of many fans. To just throw all the characters out could burn all the fans. I don’t think SE would like to do that.

        Wheras the plot’s more flexible, because no one really knows much about it.

        • Code

          For a game in development as long as it was so little information, content, was really released for fans, it generally made it easy for me not to get too attached to the project >3o>;  

  • LightZero

    Just for those who are gullible. Kotaku isn’t exactly credible. I would take what they say with a huge grain of salt. It wouldn’t be shocking if they just posted that just to create buzz for their website. Unless you hear it from Nomura or SE themselves, this game is still in development. Now I’m not completely ruling it out but I truly do think it’s BS that was created to get attention. So far it’s working if these comments and overreactions aren’t a good indicator. 

    • It doesn’t help that kotaku is infested with trolls who tear the flesh of anything that is “Final Fantasy” and “new” or “XIII” especially Archaotic who will whine about Type-0 not being released if the news was about an old-school-style game for the iOS (the words “old-school” and “iOS” would usually be good for the ears of others).

  • Maumac77

    Well it has been 6 years……YET Duke Nukem took 10. We still got time

  • badmoogle

    I’m very disappointed that a Siliconera article is linking to a Kotaku one…which even worse chances are is just a fake rumour by Kotaku who’s fishing for hits (once again).

    I really thought Siliconera was above this level of “journalism”.:((

    • William Hsia

      i dont think you acually read the artice, you can see and hell even feel all that doubt and sarcasm when they were talking about kotaku’s “resources”

      • badmoogle

        I read Ishaan’s post quite clearly and i didn’t see him saying anywhere that he doubts Kotaku’s “resourses”.Even if there was sarcasm (which i missed) the fact remains that siliconera (a site with a much higher quality than kotaku) linked to this tabloid site and therefore gave them even more hits encouraging them to continue posting these kinds of articles in the future.

        Which i find sad tbh.

    • But this is tagged under rumour so, I don’t think there’s any real harm.

      (Except I guess everyone seems to be hating on SE now, although we don’t know for sure yet.)

    • Domii

      Wether you like Kotaku or not, their sources are often more right then not. Plus we all had an idea that Versus was indeed cancel. Now Destructoid I think is much much worse than Kotaku when it comes to making crap up and fishing for hits.

  • Brandon001

    trying to contain my frustration and dissapointment, if this IS true, and to see that they will keep milking the S*** trilogy that is XIII then i am surely, 100% done with square enix.

    if true, 6 uears wasted, we could’ve quite possibly had KH3 by now.

    seriously disgusted with this company.

  • theoriginaled

    sad but not surprised.

  • xavier axol

    they just can’t affort to let this game die, it had enough potential to actually turned the japanese brach of square enix around. i still have hope until square announce something, it will probably be good news (i will take a trailer or some info in development, something-anything!).

  • WyattEpp

    As a testament to how detached I’ve become from Square and it’s conjoined sibling(s), I’ve been spending so much time alchemising in Gust games and bashing things with large swords in Falcom games that I have literally zero idea what kind of game Versus XIII is even supposed to be.

    It’s not that I didn’t have fun with FF13; it has some really neat systems.  I just have things I care about more, now.  I see a lot of comments, many quite rancorous, about this whole mess; and to be sure, it would suck to lose that much development on something ostensibly cool; but I’m not sure I understand the surprise and resentment.  If it’s cancelled or not, I’d say you shouldn’t be surprised either way.

    We knew from the start that mating with Enix would change things, and we understood even more clearly that big changes were afoot when Square unexpectedly wound up being one of the larger publishers in the game world.  Pining for those halcyon days may be in vogue again this month, but them’s the breaks.

    Let me put it this way: The way people are carrying on, it’s like when the rumours hit about them cancelling The Last Guardian on the heels of Ueda’s departure.  Maybe even more caustic.  Is it really worth getting worked up about it when there are probably many other games you still have waiting in the wings?

  • Neutron15

    Reasons that SE cancelled it if true:

    – development hell and cost much more money to develop

    – SE’s lack of interest in the game

    – might be renamed or scrapped to become a new game

    – turns Agni’s Philosophy into a full game

    – FFXIII-3

    – KH3

    I doubt that it will be on tgs this year since SE new favorite saga in the series is Lightning’s saga, So expect FFXIII-3 on TGS instead of this, the game needs more info even if its only a 3-5 minute gameplay or a trailer

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Or the fact they had to completely revamp 14

      • Neutron15

        – might be renamed or scrapped to become a new game

    • XIII and XIII-2 were hardly Lightning’s saga. XIII was about 6 characters (including Light but she still lost her only family to Snow, a guy with no problem wanting to marry someone’s sister despite a potentinal riot from people scared that the fal’Cie are gone and will suddenly accept such changes in a instant).

      Lightning barely appeared in XIII-2 and Sazh has it worse off. The least endearing characters got the most screen time in XIII-2.

      Clearly Square-Enix favour making sub-plots that contribute nothing and try to be funny but ending up UNfunny. We don’t want things that Michael Bay finds funny (annoying parents in the Transformer films), we want a grand scale epic story of a warrior goddess battling in a timeless world against an evil immortal.

  • cedx123

    Hm I would rather not jump the gun yet its just a rumor. Besides its best not to trust Kotaku.

  • raitouniverse

    My life is over… this was poised to be the best game of this generation, WHY SQUARE ENIX-CHAN

  • Valtiel Ikari

    must… containe… urge… to bomb… Squeare-enix!

    • Luna Kazemaru

      right enjoy your jail time if you tried.

      • Yeah, he’s totally gonna try planting a bomb at Squeenix HQ. Or perhaps he was joking, and you can’t tell the difference between a hyperbole and an actual statement?

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Maybe you sould learn what sarcam is before coming at me I wouldn’t have posted a reply to him if it was. Nice try

  • Tyler Sedrick

    I would rather of had Final Fantasy Versus XIII than Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 :(

  • Eric Sanchez

    They cancel this and continue Lightning……what in the world are they thinking!

    • RablaAndrews

      Great business decisions, that’s what.

  • If this is true…Well, ‘Bang’.

    I’ll be sure to send Godzilla there way by Monday morning.

  • Watahashi

    Erren Van Duine, senior editor of, says otherwise.

    Kotaku’s just fishing for hits.

    • MrRobbyM

      Thank you. Someone with a brain.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       People will just really have to wait to TGS honestly(tho IMO this game is going no where.) But its not going to stop people for crying over 13 going on (which is childish)

    • Domii

      Sure, whatever makes you feel better buddy.

      • badmoogle

        Do you work for kotaku?

        • Domii

          Ofcourse not silly.

    • Oh Kotaku.

      Fantastic. There you go, guys. Rumour gone kaput. Well. Sorta. Until we get official confirmation, there’s no real telling.

    • Godmars

      Hope you’re right, as much that Versus is still on and will somehow deliver, but we’ll know by September 1st.

    • LynxAmali

      Did someone forget to give them the memo?

      April Fool’s was 2 months ago.

    • SolidusSnake

      As usual; at least this time they just said it was cancelled instead of making the game out to be some kinda rape simulator.

    • At least some people on the internet still aren’t spewing out wild conclusions without evidence like The Sun or Daily Mail.

      It’s good to hear Versus XIII will at this year’s TGS.

    • Sakurazaki

      The author of the Kotaku article started the article stating that: “Now [based on unnamed sources] Kotaku has learned that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is no more.”

      However, the article ends with this: “So, is Final Fantasy Versus XIII finally and officially dead? Without confirmation from Square Enix, we can’t say for sure.”

      I don’t know if Brian Ashcraft was drunk/etc. creating contradictions in his article, but that site you linked merely just expanded on Kotaku’s end statement, rather than bashing the sites credibility. It’s not like IGN who actually made it seem like the whole thing was canceled.

      If anything, Kotaku has stayed with the news being a “Rumour”, but the first few points of the article does anything but address it as one. Kotaku is not -all- in the wrong here, but it does take some blame.

  • Muffum

    As much as I wanted this when it first came out… I honestly don’t care that it’s cancelled anymore. There’s been 6 years of hype behind it, and with the universally positive press it’s received, I could only feel that it would end up being a disappointment. Really, nothing short of a miracle would make it live up to 6 years worth of excitement.


    Dont Let Your Hopes Die. Maybe Versus Will Turn Into Final Fantasy XV. It Happened To Agito No?

    • Neutron15

      its possible but its unlikely to go on that direction

    • $36598391

       why does Square Enix even bother if they aren’t going to see things through

  • Gmoyajp

    Am sure SE decided to make something out of this game.  SO Versus title is cancel and maybe it will be made in to something else. but like i said i prefer to hear this from SE.

    • Godmars

      I’m sure the whispers for 13-2 and 13-3 when the whole 13 thing was set in motion only became solidified plans as things went along.

      This is what Squaresoft use to do in the old days, find a game engine that worked, recycle and tweak it a couple of times building some separate stories around it – only S/E is doing it all wrong. Continuing and convoluting a single story which wasn’t all that interesting to begin with.

  • $36598391

    Whatever happened to “Final Fantasy”
    There’s going to be a freaking XIII-3…. what happened to the days where games in the Final Fantasy Series could be wrapped up completely with just one game
    theres a sequel to Final Fantasy IV, X and now two sequels to XIII
    Advent Children was good as a sequel to Final Fantasy VII because Square Enix did something different, an extremely wellmade CG movie

    • Godmars

       What happened is the merger and no one seeing the warning flags with Cerberus and X-2. Partly because of After Years and Crisis Core.

    • Monsley

      I don’t understand. What’s the difference between Advent Children and,
      say, The After Years? Neither is required to understand/enjoy/play the
      game they’re based on, meaning that FFIV, V (there’s that anime thing
      based on FFV which was released in the mid-nineties I believe, which
      means that the main Final Fantasy games have been spawning sequels of
      some sort for a long time now), VII, X and XIII can all be
      wrapped up completely with just one game if you do not care for the
      sequels… So I honestly see nothing wrong with SE making
      sequels/prequels (whether they are games, films or books) as long as
      they keep making new games as well.

    • I wanted a sequel to XIII because the ending was bad. Lightning shouldn’t have approve Serah and Snow’s marriage and punch Snow’s stupid grin again and again ’til his face is raw and bloodied or at least tell him off.

      XIII-2 was sadly not I expected. If anything, you can cut the entire story out of XIII-2 mainly Noel and Serah time-traveling, the moogle and bad-comedy, which would save from having to make a XIII-3 and just stick to Lightning fighting Caius in Valhalla. Is that too much to ask?

      I’m sure Versus XIII is still being made and whatever bad taste the XIII games left in people’s mouths will be washed away by Versus XIII.

  • RmanX1000

    While i personally dont care for this game (dont own a PS3), Square would really shoot themselves in the foot if this is true. A LOT of people wouldnt be happy by this.

  • kool_cid414

    Not believing until verifiable evidence is presented. Until I hear the swan song from SE’s lips I shall not give up hope for this game. That being said I’m incredibly psyched about XIII-3 I know not everyone likes it and it’s their opinion and I respect that but I personally have loved both games and I look forward to see how the game will improve.

    • epy

      But you may never hear real confirmation from SE. They never really cancelled The Last Remnant for PS3. Hell, its still listed as TBA on their website. Ignoring it and hope people forget it sounds like something they would do.

      If its really cancelled, I hope it becomes a running gag that reporters ask about Versus in every single SE press conference from now until the end of time. Don’t ever let them forget.

      • kool_cid414

         I understand and agree that they should never stop asking until a confirmation but I’m still keeping my hopes up. Funny thing is I never heard of versus until mid 2010 so I guess I have a few years of patience left in me lol.

  • LynxAmali

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

    That being said;

    I REALLY hope this isn’t true.

  • Monsley

    I’m sorry to hear this, since so many people were hyped for this game, but I do believe (or at least hope) that Versus XIII isn’t dead – it will simply become Final Fantasy XV, or even better a new title altogether! :)

  • I hope they just changed the title into XV, they can’t cancel something that got that much of hype right!?
    *Sees the MML3 case*
    Well, guess in companies anything can happen .__.
    Noctis: Oh god, Why? :C

    Welp, on the optimistic side if this turns out to be true at least KH III now will be on development right?

    • Sakurazaki

      Well, to be honest the hype is kinda dissipating…

      It’s been nearly six years since reveal. Every time they reveal something new about the game people get anxious and want it, but SE doesn’t add on to the hype and leaves us hanging. They’ve been doing this for a while now, and quite frankly, I have personally become bored and cannot care less any more.

      • Good for ya although for those who bought some merchandise of VersusXIII (Like Noctis Sword), downloaded Versus tracks on Theatrythm and the extremely patient ones will sure get p!ssed at this so can’t say.

        • Sakurazaki

          No, not good for me. I wanted this game but SE is taking too long. I will be waiting for TGS.

          • But you did said you couldn’t care less anymore .__.

          • Sakurazaki

            Yeah, I couldn’t care less about the game. I just want to laugh at any of the wrong articles at the end of it all…

  • I am pretty sure they’re not canceling it. Why would they put it on Theatrythm then?

    • MrRobbyM

      Thank you. Thank you so freaking much.

      They don’t go around canceling games within a minute’s decision, so yes. It’s not cancelled. They wouldn’t put the song in the game just as a cruel reminder of years of hype for a game you will never get.

      • gouramiagogo

        Really?  Square-Enix wouldn’t do that?  Are you kidding – they totally would.

        • MrRobbyM

          I don’t believe many companies are that dumb, even SE.

    • gouramiagogo

      Because they’re a business, not Santa.  If the project is stuck in a quagmire (which it certainly looks like) they’d be fools not to cancel it.

  • Riian

    Man, I really hope this isn’t true. :(

    If it is, though, then that means Nomura and Square can finally start working on KHIII.

  • I gave up on this a long time ago. Just put the final nail in the coffin already.

  • Without valid sources, this is all just sensationalized crap based on impatient supposition.

    Why is anyone even remotely taking this seriously?

    • gouramiagogo

      Because it sounds like there are actual sources, not people just impatient for the game to come out, as you imply.

      • MrRobbyM


      • “Sounds like?”
        An acorn clonking Henny Penny on the head sounded a hell of a lot like the sky was falling to her.

        Shall we all go and tell the king Final Fantasy Versus has been canceled?

        • gouramiagogo

          Chances are good it’s being folded into another project.  Best case scenario is that it’s the same game just brought into the mainline series.

          Unless you have some other argument beside logical fallacies?

          • The best case scenario is this is just bogus rumor.
            Square has shown an increase in time spent on games. It would go against form to suddenly just drop the game, especially considering Square is not hurting for money. They’ve had ‘less than stellar’ turn out, but they still continue to make more money than most other game companies could ever dream of through their collective assets.

            In short, there’s no reason to suddenly change the project or cancel it.

        • gouramiagogo

          How does it feel to be wrong?

  • TheDarkEmpress

    If such a thing is true it will really highlight SE’s growing incompetence as a developer if they cancel a flagship title like that….They manage to pump out XIII and XIII-2 which are honestly pretty bad, but yet they can’t finish this one which was honestly shaping up to be pretty badass from what I’ve seen. Gaming industry is dead.

    • Riian

      XIII and XIII-2 were actually pretty good.

      I don’t see how this one cancellation means that the gaming industry is dead, though lol

      • TheDarkEmpress

        > XIII and XIII-2 were actually pretty good.

        Lol no.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Btw this game is never coming out regardless….kinda like half life 2 episode 3…they’re going go come bundled in the same box. ;)

  • Ricewarrior

    I totally forgot that this game existed.

  • 果林

     final fantasy 13-3 anyone? /lol

  • CrimsonalCore

    Somnus is already in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. It wouldn’t make sense if this gets cancelled. And also, that game is part of the reason why I got a PS3.

  • Final Fantasy XIII-3 would be awesome! And I actually think that if any of all this is true, Versus XIII is cancelled in name only.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    From what I gather from other forums and game news websites it sounds like IF Versus XIII is cancelled it will become FFXV. The only way I can see Versus XIII being ‘cancelled’ is if they wanted to get rid of the name and give it a new one but don’t want to announce it yet so it would look as though the project has been cancelled. also when is the 25th anniversary event? i’m intrigued as to what they will do to continue Lightning’s story (I hope for XIII-3!)

    • Anime10121

       The event is like August 28 through Sept 2 if I recall correctly, and then TGS is like the 20th thru the 23rd.

  • Cephrien

    If they make it so the next XIII has Versus’ battle system (real-time), then I’d be cool with this. 

    • Aleman

      highly doubt it, since they need to all be similar, but it would be nice

  • konsama

    Saw this coming ages ago.

  • Azuku

    Kotaku “sources”? I’m not even looking forward to the game, but frankly I would put more faith in my local supermarket manager to tell me anything about video games than I would random, unnamed sources from Kotaku.

    • MrRobbyM

      Comment of the year.

  • harmonyworld

    somehow I knew it would come to this, they were dicking around way to long with this.

  • I know everyone has their own likes and dislikes, and all that. But, I honestly haven’t been able to figure out just why people are so obsessed with this game coming out. And i’m basing that last statement on the fact that there’s just so little info out there in the 6 years people have been waiting. If there was more info, sure, I can understand. I too have been hyped for games many times to the point where I was whipped into a near frenzy state. But those games had a lot more concrete information / previews available for it than the paltry amount of info that Versus XIII has provided.

    • MrRobbyM

      The way I see, I think it’s because most people see this as the most VII kind of FF since FFVII. A few details have been announced about the game like Airships, a more traditional world map compared to FFXIII, much more open(not linear hallways like XIII) and a much darker look and feel which is I think is reminiscent of VII. Not to mention those freakin trailers. To me, the few trailers shown surpass any FFXIII trailer. SE knows how to hype a game.

      •  Finally someone gives me an intelligent answer to my question about Versus XIII. I understand a little more now. Thanks alot, MrRobbyM :)

        • MrRobbyM

          Well, can’t say it was all that intelligent but thanks nonetheless :) You’re welcome.

  • Niermyico

    This is like the game “Sadness” all over again, except its a final fantasy title.

  • Chippel

    Square Enix strikes me as a bit manic at times. “Oh my gosh, we’re going to do this and we’re gonna do this and THIS and THIS and it’s gonna be so AMAZING!!!!” Calm down, you guys…

  • Hmm I think I’m going to wait till TGS or some sort of confirmation before I start getting emotional. Especially since there is only one source on this rumor. 

  • Until Square says something directly its just a rumor.

  • Clifford Pierre Louis

    Is this some kind of sick joke, how long have we waited for this game? If this game actually falls through there’s gonna be hell to pay!…:P

  • darkfox1

    Lol’ing man this is wow I sort of expected this to be honest.

  • If SE cancels FF versus, I will lose all respect. That wouldn’t be cool.

  • TGS will decide it. A no-show means FFvXIII is dead. If SE truly release FFXIII-3, yet cancel FFvXIII I will strongly reconsider any purchasing decision concerning their games. Somehow I get the feeling the higher-ups at SE have lost their touch. FFXV is gonna be a TPS, I reckon, as the action-slashfest of FFXIII-2 sold so well.

    edit:// just me being slightly upset, that’s all. I still have faith in Nomura-san. FFvXIII is his baby. It would be in Sony’s interest to keep supporting SE and Nomura-san, can’t think of a better PS3-exclusive swan song than FFvXIII (except Last Guardian).

  • a little part of me just died :(

    SE., Only YOU know what can revive it Y_Y

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Wasn’t Kotaku some sort of blog? Why are we all believing it’s actually the true? I mean, what’s the point Ishaan? 

  • I would not be surprised if it is canceled. They’ve been blatantly leaving it out of almost any gaming convention or expo, and have been going on about not wanting to handle any more big in-house development (outside of FF).

    And with the news of FFXIII-3 on the horizon, you can bet that this trend will continue to fester until Square is no more. . .

    But please, keep purchasing their games, it does so much to help the rest of us.

    . . . though, I will still buy the one actual FF game coming out (if it’s released in the US); Bravely Default.

    • Ilxus90

      If Square drops Versus i will not only stop buying their games, i will download EVERY one of them and do a free copy to all my friends >:(

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Please refrain from future pirating comments. Thanks.

        • Aleman

          Square deserves it if they cancel Versus tho. True and you know it

          • M’iau M’iaut

            No sir, and again, Siliconera is not a place where such ideas are discussed. We’ve all had wanted games disappear into vaporware or end up officially cancelled. With the next day bringing screens of the next title we absolutely must have.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             I love how people can stand behind such fail logic it just proves that most people now day’s lack intelligence.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         Good job you proved you lack intelligence.

      •  I don’t Pirate games, and even if I would, I wouldn’t pirate crappy ones like what Square has been releasing lately

  • Testsubject909

    So. FFVersus XIII is possibly canned while FFXIII continues on.

    Ahem… excuse me… 

    • KyoyaHibari

      Took the words right out of my mouth. But yeah, when I first heard about FFXIII getting a sequel while Versus possibly getting cancelled, I was raging extremely hard. This better be a rumour, or I have lost all hope in SE.

    • MrRobbyM

      You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him NOT wearing that jacket.

  • Bakuryukun

    I call bullshit on this.

    What is Kotaku’s source on this info? it just seems like guess work to me, why would they put a Versus XIII song in Theatrhythym if they were thinking of cancelling it? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m pretty sure this is going to turn out to be bogus.

    I’m pretty sure Kotaku is just being sensationalist as always.

    • OatMatadoQuatro

      New rumour: Kotaku starts bringing claims without credible sources.

      • Jason Ryer

         thats not a rumor they been doing that for years

      • Bakuryukun

        haha if they had a credible source, they sure do hide it well.

  • This game has NOT been canceled. That’s just a stupid ass rumor that Kotaku started which caused an outrage for Fans,Gamers ect. It’s just a false speculation. There have been no official announcements by Square Enix or Tetsuya Nomura to confirm that rumor. In fact,that rumor has only been shot down. NeoGafs (which is similar to Andriasang) a reliable source, was told by SE that Versus XIII is alive and kicking and will be showcased at this year’s Tokyo Game Show 2012.

  • WTF This can’t be true 

  • There’s no reason this should still be a “XIII” title. I, like many others, think that it’s having a name change just like Agito XIII became Type-0. Maybe it’ll be Type-1 or maybe it’ll be Final Fantasy XV. Who knows? I doubt it’s code and it’s characters and story are LOST completely.

    Maybe it’ll be a WORLD in Kingdom Hearts III. lol.

  • Oh, well. This is Chrono Break/Brake all over again. But, it’s just a rumor. Nothing else. Kotaku staff might be laughing their butts off at all the rage and tears they generated. Just trust Nomura. Right Nomura?
    Nomura: (laughs)
    Me: (;_;)

    • MrRobbyM

      Just trust Nomura. Right Nomura?

      Nomura: *laughs*

      *throws a plethora of belts and zippers at you while you cry*

      *insane laughter*

      You: :’C


    Geez relax its just a rumor lol.. atleast wait till an official confirmation from square enix.

    • SLick123456789111


    • ReveurIngenu

       Don’t you know how to read?  They’re not planning on making an annoucement.  They want the game to fade slowly into the background so that their stock values don’t take a hit.


         It clearly says ”rumour” in the title so it doesn’t neccesarely need to be true.

      • Talbot

        Pretending this is true for a moment, this is a ridiculous plan. Firstly, the “leak” is out, so that quiet and slow death isn’t so quiet anymore, and secondly, their stock prices would plummet regardless of whether they announce its cancellation or let it slowly fade into the background.

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    I was fully expecting this. Thankfully, I have no faith in SE along with the fact other rpg’s exist :3

    • SLick123456789111

      Disgaea 5 baby.

  • Barzh

    I doubt vsXIII would ever ever become XV, specially not with the deep connections in lore it has to XIII.

    • Levin_Scorpius

      “There is a Goddess named Etro” isn’t any more a “deep connection” then “there is a giant chicken species called Chocobos” would be.

  • what!! why would they waste 6 years of development just to cancel versus xiii that seem to be almost done.. well it is still a rumor though. SE please don’t cancel versus xiii

    • Josh Strange

      happens all the time.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Sees the rumour. Found out it is from Kotaku……from also unnamed source.


  • Katamari Toys

    and nothing of value was lost

  • DCBlackbird

    so this is becoming the last game of 5th gen of final fantasy…….. damn well it was to radically different from xiii anyways….damn you yoshinore kitase or tetsuya nomura i wish sakaguchi would school you both

  • Tee Niitris

    I’m not into RPGs… at all (maybe that explains why I don’t post much here). Still, even this caught my attention.

    I heard Versus XIII is/was going to be very good. It would be quite a disappointment if this was to be true.

    I do know that wasting 6 years of resources wouldn’t be very wise. Who knows how much money they’ve used on this project (not to mention the negative backlash this seems to be stirring up).

    • MrRobbyM

      “I’m not into RPGs”

      Then what the f8%k are you do-

      “maybe that explains why I don’t post much here”

      Oh. Okay.

      • Tee Niitris

        Give me a break. :)

        I don’t have anything against RPGs; there just hasn’t been any that really enticed me (maybe being more open-minded would help). I’d actually lost interest in video games altogether until a couple years ago.

        I do know someone who loves FF and probably isn’t taking this too well.

        • MrRobbyM

          I’m not judging!(you RPG hating jew!)
          I am sadly starting to lose interest in video games. But I think that’s more fault of tumblr being addicting.

  • Lazulis

    It’s just a rumour, so hopefully it’s disproved soon. I never found XIII that appealing to me; I was more interested in Versus XIII & Type-0 (previously XIII Agito or whatever). 

    Also, oh Kotaku. You Fox of videogames you.

  • Akarnage

    If this IS indeed true; then please, please make Noctis the Asagi for Final Fantasy.

    I’m begging you.

    • DCBlackbird

      asagi? not tryin to offend but is it a bishounen?

      • SLick123456789111

        It’s a pretty well done character design from the Disgaea games.

        • DCBlackbird

          I really have to get around to playing disgaea seems like a very big deal

          • Anime10121

             Yeah you really need to try Disgaea as its an extremely fun series :)

            But Asagi is a character that was a optional Recruitable character in Makai Kingdom.  She was supposed to be the main character of a game called Makai Wars that Nippon Ichii was/still is making.  However, she has appeared in numerous Nippon Ichi games since, and every time she has tried to force her way into being the main character (since her game got cancelled/has yet to come out).  She’s become almost like a re-occurring gag character for Nippon Ichi.

            I think thats what Akarnage was alluding too.  He/She wants Noctis to be a character that appears in future Square games, since he never got his own.

          • komiko12

            I don’t know if he can pull it off. Noctis doesn’t have the humorous appeal Asagi have. I liked Asagi because the way she handles her situation is comical. And she does fit in most Nippon Ichi games. But a serious guy like Noctis can’t just appear in a game as say “I don’t have my own game, so can I go here” without ruining the game’s atmosphere.

          • Anime10121

             @komiko12:disqus Yeah I dont think so either, I was just explaining to IB2004 what Akarnage meant in his/her original message.  Besides if it really is cancelled and they decided to use Noctis as a cameo character (not even as a joke character), but just made him appear in new games, people would condemn Square to heck and back.  And plus, it’d go against the rumor’s claims of Square just wanting it to be forgotten.

  • Detrimont

    if it is cancelled, hopefully it was just the title, meaning versus has become 15, i want to have this game, it looked the best out of the 3 main games in the compilation

  • enorka miho

    No no NO!!!!! Why???!! 
    Sigh.. I think its inevitable.. Just like the death of some characters in the games.. Anyhow, I hope they will do a revamp for this game.. I actually fell kind of disappointed that they do not give me enough of strong female characters.. Because in all of the series so far…  The gender level are usually balanced in a team.. This time there are just too many males in it…

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Does the gender even really matter?

      Some groups would be mostly male,some mostly female.Id like them to spice it up,like they did with  13….just not suck this time

      • enorka miho

        yea they do.. gender balance affect the drama and the way the team connects in a plot… well, FFXIII may not be the best.. But, the atmosphere feels somewhat nice though with different genders together…

    • Josh Strange

      spoiler much? sheesh

      • enorka miho

        my bad… :p

  • echokanon

    Not too surprising, considering the amount of spinoff/remake of FF flagship titles they have made after the news of this game were dead. they have so much free manpower but put on those smaller games instead of this.

  • Raze

    its one of my reasons why i bought ps3 now its cancelled…ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? i waited for nothing!!! :(

    • SpecDotSign

      Same here, but think about it positively. You got Valkyria Chronicles and a plethora of fantastic games. Yes this news sucks, but it’s still just a rumor. 

  • Edgar Garcia

    knowing how  square operates their websites and links, they would have already shut it down.

    ALso a recently released DLC song connecting to versus? 

    BIGGEST TROLL ever creating this rumor or Versus xiii simply has a new title and they scratch out the XIII mythology.

  • My God, guys. Be rational. ITS. A. RUMOUR. Go RAGE your heart out when its CONFIRMED.

  • TheInternetNomad

    if it’s cancelled I hope they keep all the resources for the game and eventually use it for say a PS4 project.

  • komiko12

    Just my guess.

    Maybe it is Kotaku’s way of making Square Enix do something.
    By creating such rumors, it will generate a lot of hate causing SE to take some action to reassure fans.

    But if it is indeed cancelled. Then move on. Versus is not the best game ever made since it is not yet made. How can you grieve the lost of something when there was nothing much in the first place?

    •  What a pointless move. All we could hope for is “Its still in progress.”, in which case, we’re no better off than before.

      Kotaku’s are just being selfish morons. I still say whoever wrote the original lie should be publically flogged while wearing a tutu.

    • Gaara D.Dragon

      At first I thought Kotaku sunk to tabloid-like methods but now I am thinking of the same thing. 

      Kotaku may end up pushing Square to make some short of move by stirring up all the fans.

      And at the end of the day, I agree Versus was only perfect in our minds, it could as well have ended up worse than XIII.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I don’t agree with the way Kotaku is doing there. They should be a trustable gaming websites there not to try make some sensation and hurt one company reputation.

      No matter what the reason, i feel that Kotaku is just trying to attract more attention to its site considering, this recent weeks, news have been kinda slow.

  • Enigma-0

    six years, I’ve waited… six years… why don’t SE just announced that it’s dropped, then finally we could clean it completely from our minds and move on to other things. BTW guys Kotaku are known to NERDBAIT users into it’s website, they’ve been doing this for years now.

    •  Kotaku is just a troll with a flamethrower. But the moment this gets confirmed as true, the following will be like like a repetition of the Mega Man Legends 3 incident.

  • evilmoogle

    Six years for a game that may get mixed reviews

    because obviously, 6 years in development = good game(not).
    What if the game ain’t even that “waited 6years It’s so worth it” at all?

    rumor or not just move on and enjoy other games.

    • MrRobbyM

      Well, I can say without a doubt it will be better received than FFXIII.

  • Nauris

    I believe that this rumour may be only partially true. I think that FFV13 is going to get a roman numeral, that’s all. As we know, FF9 was intended to be a spin-off as well. Also, as this console generation is coming towards an end, they might want to have another numbered FF title, but the next project might come too late, so they’re just shifting this game to be a main game.

    • SpecDotSign

      Hmm… this is an interesting take. Every console gen had at least 3 Final Fantasy games. So by this logic, the bums at S-E are really going to make XIII-3 and just move Versus (or XV if they do change the name) to the next gen of consoles. They did state that it was now using their new engine. And it gives S-E an excuse to cash that Microsoft check and go multiplatform. 

  • Xekyo

    Hopefully this means that they’re closer to working on Kingdom Hearts 3.  :D

  • So either it’s been turned into Final Fantasy XV or cancelled. A shocking and unforeseen development, to be sure.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Hello saddest news since Fumito Ueda quit Team Ico. -_-

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Ahaha, vaporware.
    Seen this coming.

    Also, if ‘vXIII’ will be the next numbered game, screw that. Give me my Ivalice game and I’ll be happy.

    • ThePariah4231

      Ahaha, *rumor*.
      Seen these comments coming. Don’t take this so seriously, dude. Wait and see.

  • Well if this project is cancelled or what so ever then dozens of people will quit their job at SE, and also some hard-core or new fan will leave, and that would sucks so hard because it’s a 6 years project (wow freaking r3tardly long), SO JPN gaming industry will lose a good company.
    BTW if this game somehow affect the next FF13-3 (nah, the story is so confusing), that would be cool because they use the same myth in alternate worlds XD. And rumor are rumor and they forever be RUMOR (well sometimes it’s fact WTF?). Changing name is fine with me.

    • You really think that many people would quit their jobs at SE? The directors and planners for the project maybe, but the people doing the grunt work are getting paid regardless whether a project is completed or not.

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  • darkfox1

    So any new info on this or is SE just gonna allow all this with no OFFICIAL statement from them?

  • Spider-Man

    Ugh, I’m sick of the whole XIII universe. Along with Lightning. As for Versus XIII, really hope it isn’t cancelled. Maybe just rename it Final Fantasy XVersus.

    • MrRobbyM

      XV + Versus = XVersus…

      That’s genius.

  • 128bitigor

    “kotaku report”


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