Final Fantasy Versus XIII News Might Not Be Too Far Off

By Sato . April 16, 2013 . 11:40pm


In a recent web radio show hosted by Square Enix, Tetsuya Nomura appeared as a guest, where he  briefly answered a question regarding a game that everyone has been waiting to hear about—Final Fantasy Versus XIII.


Towards the end of the show, asked Nomura a number of questions from fans. One of the questions was about  Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which Square Enix has been quiet about for over a year. Here’s the question and Nomura’s reply:


Q: I’ve been excitedly waiting for any news regarding Final Fantasy Versus XIII. When will we be hearing more?


Nomura: Any information about Versus is very… sensitive, even within the company. We’ve been quiet about it for the past year, but the day of being able to remove its information ban has already been decided, and we’re currently preparing for that day. When that time comes, we’ll also reveal our reason for the delay of any form of announcement.


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  • Randy Marsh

    Perhaps June 11, 2013?

    • Detrimont

      your birthday?

      • Randy Marsh

        Lol no, that’s the date of E3.

        • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

          13 likes in both comments. Now that’s fitting for the game.

  • AnimeLeirus .

    It was time. : )

  • whatever you say *shrugs*

  • Coeurl

    This is not a drill. It’s coming.

  • d19xx

    After XIII-4 Lightning in Love and XIII-5 Son of Lightning…

    • “XIII-5 Son of Lightning”

      This sounds more like some kind of Heavy Metal Album.

      • SuperSailorV

        I think you’re thinking Sons of Thunder, the fictitious band in the movie Airheads.
        And they even banter about how stupid of a name that is, lol

        • To be frank mate, my first initial thought was Sons of Thunder, the spinoff to Walker Texas Ranger.

          There is also a Christian Band that shares this name lol

    • And then a handheld sequel hack n slash port for the Vita.
      XIII-5-2: Son of Lighting, The After Years

    • Unlimax

      + SERAH RETURN : Final Fantasy XIII , FINAL FANTASY XIV-3 . . . and the list goes on ~

    • XIII-6: 13 More Days

    • Raltrios

      XIII-7: Give Us Your Money.

    • Ronldbx6

      SHHHH! Don’t give them any ideas!

    • Levin_Scorpius

      Well, if Lightning’s getting a kid then naturally we would have…


  • Aristides

    this kinda smells like PS4, yeah VS and last guardian can have themselves a little laugh at E3 lol

  • NightzeroAX

    Final Fantasy Versus XIII only for the Playstation 4.

    • Coeurl

      PS4 pre-order imminent

    • Hraesvelgr

      Well, that one clothing company did list it as “Final Fantasy XV” before “fixing” it and Square Enix is working on a Final Fantasy title for PS4, so…

      • Kefkiroth

        That’s what I was thinking… with the hold up on Versus, I think a new Final Fantasy for PS4 is too soon, unless that new Final Fantasy is Versus.

    • Vash bane

      we hope not been waiting forever for this title

    • dubaloseven

      Watch them annouce it as an exclusive launch title for the Xbox 720. Gamers will be so conflicted. The tears will be magnificent.

  • raulrain

    I smell PS3 & PS4 versions in the horizons, in the same year that the PS4 will be released, hmm

  • Vesperion

    Get ready for the announcement of the announcements announcement

    • d19xx

      That’s Sony’s gig….

    • Coeurl

      isn’t that what this is?

      • natchu96

        This is the announcement of the announcement of the announcement’s announcement.

    • Purease be excited. Purease.

    • ShadowDivz

      annoucing it for next year’s E3!

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Guys it’s obvious. In a few hours there will be a 3DS Nintendo Direct. News not too far off. Coincidence? I think not. FFVXIII has been moved to the 3DS.

    • amagidyne

      FFVXIII will be exclusive for the WonderSwan II, coming January 2096.

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        Nooooo, the WonderSwan II will only be released in Japan… best to put it on the Vectrex II, that way it’ll be released in Japan one year later compared to the rest of the world.
        (btw this was the Vectrex’s name in Japan was Bandai Vectrex Kousokusen. pretty cool amirite?)

  • Chris Yuen

    They will release a teaser site before announcing Versus XIII…mobile card game for the IOS! Still haven’t got over that TWEWY incident..

  • TiredOfMyOldUsername

    Versus XIII have been degraded and is now exclusive to IOS

  • Adam Zaorski

    They will announce it’s not ready yet, and that It might be for the PS4 or 5…

    Or maybe they’ll just make a ios card game out of it. :D

  • Tom

    The problem is that that the news is what’s not far, not the actual game…
    All this hype going around, it better be the best Final Fantasy game! E3 or TGS?

  • Tweetums

    “also reveal our reason for the delay” …Why do I have an eerie feeling that it’ll jump ship to the PS4, jus’ hopin’ that it’d still get a release on the PS3 as well.

  • Prinnydoom

    Gotta hold on hope. Lets see how this plays out.

  • Chiupon

    the reason for delay is probably either cancellation or console change.

  • Maziodyne

    I like how he says “We’ve been quiet about it for the past year”… really? just a year?

    • Anime10121

      I know right, at this point its been at LEAST 2 years (more than likely 2 years and 3 months since the Jan 2011 trailer)!

  • WhyWai

    “reason for the delay”
    PS4 & if it’s coming on Xbox720 as well.

  • Hraesvelgr

    I often see people mention that they’ve lost interest in a game because its localization took “too long” (usually 7-12 months, because that’s apparently uncommon), yet the hype for this game still seems pretty strong. I really don’t get it.

    • saxophone15

      I don’t know why something that takes “too long” causes people to lose interest in the first place. If it’s a game they would enjoy, does it really matter how long it takes? Development time doesn’t decrease the enjoyment of the end product (unless it’s just a bad game, in which case, it wouldn’t have mattered when it came out).

    • Nathan Topousis

      People have been hype for this game for so long, because it’s exactly what most fans have been wanting for years. It has modern and mature atmosphere and world, the characters seem interesting, and it’s supposed to have a battle system comparable to the Kingdom Hearts series.
      If people lose interest in a game because it took “too long” then they probably wouldn’t have bought the game day one anyway, which is all that really matters in terms of sales.

      • “supposed to have a battle system comparable to the Kingdom Hearts series”

        Not that this is a good thing anymore, i mean SE ran that franchise (i think) into the ground with unnecessary spin-offs that further complicate an already complicated story. Nomura doesn’t know wtf he’s doing with it anymore (or whoever the ^%$# is making them, i forgot really and i dont really care anymore)

        Hell, give us KH3, “end the xehanort saga” and just… end it right there. Don’t start another saga (Which is what it sounds like they’re gonna do) and let the series end with what little dignity remains of it.

        • James Carney

          Have to completely disagree with you there… The more complicated the story gets the more interesting I find it and the more impressed I am with the writers. It’s EXTREMELY hard to go to this level of complexity in a story line without having a ton of unintentional plot holes when the story wasn’t originally meant to be that complex.

    • mahrze

      It’s a game that has gotten “the right response”. They did right in what was offered in trailers, screenshots and news articles. SE know the fans want this. But they have a huge responsibility with it. It’ll be the first Final Fantasy to have open world navigation in more than 10 years (Since IX I am not counting the MMO’s) The World is to be very interactive (They hinted this with LR:FFXIII follows a similar interactivity) SE knows that they can’t risk fucking up nor can they excuse more than 7 years (Dev began in Nov 2005) It might be for PS4 (Would help with the jump in tech specs) But they have hinted so much of “waiting for the right blah” That I am guessing this is it. E3 might just be the day we know of it (It is a huge release and what better way to release it than with a new console) Yes, I abused the parenthesis usage, sue me.

  • Rohan Viajar

    Hah! don’t you mean it’s been “far too off”?

  • Go2hell66

    oh the shitstorm that will ensue when we find out nintendo funded the development and its wii u exclusive

    • I’d be upset but at the same time I’d laugh XD

    • Vash bane

      that would be the gayest thing ever and at the same time funny

  • shuyai

    Didn’t we heard the same shit ages ago? its alway we will have news soon, we will have news at x x convention, look forward to xx for more news.

    well atleast hope they release ps4 version

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    The announcement will be for its cancellation. GJ, Suqeenix.

  • Karl Josef

    Versus XIII is the reason why I buy PS3.
    now what!? it was unveiled 2008 :'(
    this holiday 2013 I’m going to buy PS4 wishing Kingdom Hearts 3 or Versus XIII
    will be or maybe on next generation console

    • cloudcaelum

      2008? It was 2006 man, 2006…

    • community93

      Kingdom hearts 3 will definitely be on Ps4 or the kingdom hearts series will be over

  • Anime10121

    C’mon! I like Nomura (I actually think him and Ito are probably the only competent Directors left at Square, I would add Kitase, but hes the one that chose Toriyama to succeed the FF franchise from him), but he’s beginning to sound like a broken record. Hes said the EXACT SAME THING 2 years straight, I mean, how long can “soon” really take?

    • KHSoraKeyBlade

      I’m wondering if Nomura is kinda tired about how the game has been treated by Square. Like, every time we hope to hear something about Versus Square dump another Lightning game on us. They obviously cannot speak about Versus while FF13 is still around because it is far more anticipated than the latter and would sell more..

      Still though I digress, fingers crossed it’s some good news at least considering the 2 year wait for new info.

      • Chiupon

        i’m sure he’s pleased. More time to draw zippers.

    • Chiupon

      Nomura is an overglorified character designer. I’m actually worried because he’s heavily involved in this homoerotic space odyssey. Or whatever it is. I and every other fujoshi want our yaoi doujin now, though, and we aren’t getting any closer to them with all these delayed releases. Every second I don’t get to fap to Noctis x his manly zipper harem, is another day I sob.

      • Anime10121

        Opinions, that’s all I can say (oh and I can’t understand how you can be excited if you dislike Nomura’s directorial products when this looks like nothing more than a glorified Final Fantasied Kingdom Hearts).

        • Chiupon

          i was being sarcastic
          i’m not excited at all and personally I think it’s going to be massively underwhelming with a plot comparable to a short story written by a class of japanese 9th graders.

          things that have to state they are different rarely are.

  • SirRichard

    Odds are pretty good that he’s talking about E3, but I wonder why they regard Versus as a “sensitive” subject even inside the company. I guess his bosses aren’t all that pleased with the time it’s taking?

    • saxophone15

      It could also be interpreted as information about versus being secretive even within SE. Regardless, that quote has me intrigued.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Sweet words with nothing behind them. Show some proof then I’ll believe, cuz last time you said that was over a year (and almost a half) ago…

  • So we can finally get that “followup report” he talked about all those months ago huh.

  • solbalmung

    Not releasing XIII-Versus on the Playstation 3 is gonna be a huge lose for Squix. The PS3 got a great established fanbase with it nearing it’s end, many RPG and Final fanstasy fans got a PS3 and most are waiting for Versus, heck even some new RPG fans would get interetested by Versus thus picking it up. A huge profit would to be expected if it was released on the Playstation 3.
    On the other hand if it was only released on the PS4, a console that isn’t even out yet, many people reluctant to get it, many dissipaointed too. Even if Versus was the selling point for the PS4 I think it sitll wouldn’t equal the profit on the PS3. Maybe on the long run. The most logical choice woul be a simultanous release on both console but isn’t that increased developpement fee?
    I’am not asking/wanting Versus to be on x console or whatever, just wanted to let this out as it was buggin me for a while, I’d really like to know others opionions regarding the matter I pointed above.

    • 1Truth

      Totally agree with you. In fact, SQEX said the same thing about FFXII back in 2006. Back then, Akitoshi Kawazu was asked why they didn’t move FFXII to PS3 and the reason he gave was that the PS2 has a massive install base not worth ignoring.

  • SerendipityX

    I have lost all interest in Versus. Have tons of other games to be hyped about that actually exist outside of “it’s coming” announcements.

    • DCBlackbird

      I feel you man

  • Settsuo

    Nomura sounds kind of serious, so lets hope it’s a true unveil.

  • I feel like you guys are all smart enough to know this, but I’mma say it anyway:

    If you are still eagerly anticipating FFVXIII’s release, you might want to, eh, broaden your gaming tastes. Plenty of awesome games out there that actually exist.

    • Anime10121

      Can’t we do both? I eagerly await vs. XIII while also enjoying the gems that release along the way. :)

    • And I have to say this… While I am still eagerly anticipating the release of Versus XIII, I’ve played through games such as Bioshock, the entire Mass Effect trilogy, Dragon Age, Lost Odyssey, and many other gems that have released since its announcement in 2006. Heck, I’m even going through a backlog of PS2 games that I still want to play through, but didn’t get to.

      At the same time, I’m very hyped for Versus XIII. So, I’ve got broad tastes when it comes to gaming, and I’m hyped for this game that ‘does not exist’. So what’s the issue there?

  • cloudcaelum

    I remembered first video… What was a excitement for me, this is biggest why im bought (and The Last Gurdian second) PS3. It was announced 2006, now 2013, if a release date, will be: 2015, do 2016, be epic…

  • The Watcher

    a game that has been in dev since the ps3 came out, i believe it when i see it.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    Well at least Square didn’t throw news about upcoming news as usual which can be annoying.

  • KingRuff

    I have a feeling this game actually will be their FINAL Fantasy.

    • MrRobbyM

      What’s that supposed to mean?

      • Ricardo C

        Meaning the last game they’ll ever make but that didn’t stop them with their first Final Fantasy saving Square from kicking the bucket.

        • MrRobbyM

          I guessed that but I wanted to see what @KingRuff:disqus meant. I highly doubt Final Fantasy is going to stop any time soon..

          • KingRuff

            It’s just a joke lol. リカード explained pretty much what I was going for.

          • Ricardo C

            Same here,

    • lol though I hope not

  • eilegz

    hopefully there are still a ps3 release, i would be mad if they release it for ps4 only

    • MrRobbyM

      Imo, I don’t give a flying fart if they release it on the PS3 or PS4. As long as it comes out. A multiplat release for ps3 and 360 is likely but that would piss a lot of people off.

      • James Carney

        Why would more people able to play it piss people off? Exclusives piss people off, not multi-platform releases.

        • MrRobbyM

          *transitions to multiplatform announcement for FFXIII*

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    Isn’t the Tokyo Game Show coming in few months?

    • Anime10121


      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro


  • Unlimax

    ” SQUARE-ENIX .. Because Fxxk you guys :D ”
    – Versus becomes Multiplatform –

    . . . ಠ_ಠ

  • 果林

    YES we get to see this in 6 years guys, hopes not lost

  • Ni

    Yeah Versus is going to be in the 360 as well and the shitstorm would be devasting on the internet.

    Now seriouly. Sometimes I just forget that that game exist to speak the truth. This game was unvelied when I was 11 years old and now I’m 18 already the hype for me already got killed. And I can’t get excited for any Nomura and versus news because they the samething for over 3 years now “Hey guys! wait a little! we are going to announce something about versus soon”. Just say that the game went to the PS4 already.

    Danm! What if…Versus is going to be released in the PS4 and next Xbox? LOL

  • akiko_sakuraba

    Can’t say I’ve ever been excited for anything FFXIII.

  • if it is moving to ps4, i am going to hurt myself. this game is partially why i BOUGHT a ps3. lol.

  • mikey

    they stopped production 2 years ago. Than sony helped finish the game. Since it wasn’t finished they moved it to the ps4 since they had early dev kits.

  • Domii

    Finally someone in the media with the balls to ask Square about Versus. Take note media, take note.

  • KingNigma

    I’m loving the sarcasm in the comments :P

  • My Ps4 is ready

  • Sergio Briceño

    I thought 2013 would finally be the year of FFVS13. I just hope they don’t want to announce a release date 13 years after the announcement… Well, we already waited for 7 years, so if it were the case then we are already past the first half of the wait… Sigh…

  • theoriginaled

    Im guessing its the E3 event they teased at the PS4 reveal. and that it will be out by or before holiday ’13 though that just may be optimism.

  • Abel.exe

    That day BETTER BE SOON! I`m too tired of waiting…

  • Dustin McFadden

    I think it’d be pretty awesome if Versus comes out with the old Playstation 3 logo on the side.

  • FFmax

    This game had better not be on the PS4. I just got a PS3. That would suck.

  • Versus 13 is now FF15 confirmed.

  • Amagidyne

    ‘We’ve been quiet about it for the past year’

    Does time run differently in the SE headquaters compared to the outside world? I’m fairly sure they’ve been quiet about it for a lot longer than a year…

    In any event, I’m praying this isn’t a ‘FFXIII Versus for the PS4!’ announcement.

    • saxophone15

      It has been about a year though. Just a little over a year ago, Famitsu had an interview with Nomura about FFVersusXIII

  • At this point any information we receive on the game is good lol

  • Eric Harris

    When you click to see all stories related to FF versus XIII one of the top articles says “Please be excited for E3”. It’s like my computer is trying to communicate with me.

  • HerosLight

    Looks like this E3 will be exciting.

  • 1Truth

    I doubt this game has been renamed FFXV and moved to PS3. After all, it doesn’t even use Luminous Studio for its graphics like Agni’s Philosophy. I fully expect it to stay on PS3 and release in 2014. It will be one of the last AAA PS3 games.

    • community93

      Actually FF versus does use Luminous Studio, but only partially. That is what Nomura said atleast. It has been over one and a half years since then, so maybe they will use the whole engine now

      • 1Truth

        Versus only uses Luminous Studio for the lightning. It doesn’t use it for anything else like graphics, AI, physics, etc. If they were to fully use Luminous Studio, they would have to make the whole game from scratch and I don’t see that happening.

  • Isaac Newton

    We at Square Enix decides that FFXIII Versus will be renamed……
    Final Fantasy XIII-4: Lightning Strikes Again!
    This will be the fourth and final Installment of the Lightning saga…..
    This will be my late april fools XD

  • Jahmere Durham

    Im just gonna leave this here…

  • DCBlackbird

    now that versus is an open topic am i the only one that thinks the white robed man from agni’s philosophy is the same one from the versus trailer?

  • MellowMadman11

    From what i’ve seen in the comments FF14 sucked, but I can’t figure out why or what it is about. Could someone fill me in?

    • Göran Isacson

      WELP, I did not play it so all I can say is what I’ve heard.

      At it’s release it got criticism for having very dull gameplay that was highly unintuitive, and you mostly spent earlier levels grinding for a very long time before you could get started with the game proper. The interface was REALLY cluttered and you had to open several submenus just to get to the attack you actually wanted to make, and there were apparently a ton of bugs too at launch. It was apparently a terrible rushjob, one that definitely had needed about six or so months in development just to polish it.

      • MellowMadman11


  • Tien Ron

    it’s been sensitive in their company…. allow… why not just not make it and just admit that you messed up <—- my opinion but then again i don't care if it comes out or not. not to fused

  • Sam Park

    E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3 E3
    (Nomura used the Madness/Versus Mantra, you are now stuck in Emotional Pain and you can only say the word E3)

  • Spider-Man

    Noctis Ouji…NOCTIS OUJI!!!!

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      Sorry the only thing I hear is “NOCTIS ORGY!”

      • Spider-Man

        That always comes to mind whenever I hear that phrase, too.

  • John Lawson

    Didn’t they rename Versus XIII to FFXV since there was no connections to Lightning despite being in the same universe like type-0?

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      No official word yet

  • PhilliesFlyers89

    It was turned into FFXV, was remade with next gen graphics, and will be announced at E3. I’d be surprised if thats not the case.

  • Alex Loh

    I am tired with anything related to this game,get over it >_>

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