Square on Versus XIII: “We can’t commit ourselves to 2011″

Wednesday, 25th August 2010 12:59 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Oh dear. Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase has refused to commit to even a 2011 Japanese release for Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Kitase, now producing The 3rd Birthday for PSP alongside Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura as art director and FFXIII director Motomu Toriyama as writer, refused to give GamingUnion even a rough release timeline for the RPG at gamescom last week.

“We have no release date information to update,” said Kitase.

“Unfortunately we can’t say anything about that. We can’t commit ourselves to 2011 either.”

The game was originally due to get an E3 re-reveal, according to comments made by Nomura last October, but nothing happened.

And back in January, a trailer shown at Jump Fiesta last December mentioned the message, “Revelation will come next time”.

TGS. Please?



  1. WetSnake


    Well, as long as they serve us some quality I don’t mind.
    2011 will be a busy year anyway.

    inb4 “probably because they are porting it to the 360″ :P

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    It’ll be a launch game for the PS4.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. StolenGlory

    I agree with WetSnake.

    So long as it is a genuine stride forward from FFXIII, they can take as long as they like. And yep, 2011 is pretty fucking stacked as it is.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Final Fantasy Forever

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Elven_Star

    Are they joking? How long have we been waiting for this game? And Agito too! Come on, guys.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    We still haven’t even really seen anything of it, either. It’s got a Gran Turismo-style development span but without the constant drip-feed of media.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Razor

    And people moan about Gran Turismo 5′s development time.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. James Mac

    I don’t know, so I’m asking.

    What’s the difference between a FF game and a FF Versus game?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    The word ‘Versus’. :-D

    Versus is an action-RPG rather than a traditional turn-based(ish) one.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    I’ve always thought Versus was the more interesting looking game, so I hope they are porting it to 360 :D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. James Mac

    So… there’s a real time combat based Final Fantasy.

    Why didn’t someone tell me that… it may have made that game bearable.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    It wouldn’t be the 1st, FFVII Dirge of Cerberus was real time.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Blerk

    And shit.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. No_PUDding

    I can’t right now. I already did this morning.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Call yourself a man?!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Mike W

    I’m about to give up on this game. I just wish they announce the fucking game already!!! It’s ridicluous at this point, the game has been in development for like 6 years now. The fucking Japanese developers make me sick this generation.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    4 years on and not even a single gameplay video of the game. Why anyone even cares about this game anymore is beyond me.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. 2plus2equals5

    Can anyone explain me why there’ s so much hype? Because it’s final fantasy? Play ffxiii. Because it’s a jrpg? It’s an action, and square it’ s not the best on them. Because the gameplay is beautiful or innovative? We didn’t see anything and we don’ t even know exactly how it works! So what?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    Obviously Square has been making Tetsuya not only work on the crystal nova series but the KH series on the handhelds. Have to agree with Mike, if nothing is showing at TGS for this game just gonna move on, obviously Square has lost its touch and they are still stuck in the past or their traditions.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Suikoden Fan

    you know why this is taking so long? its the fact they are putting so much work into a FF7 remake :P

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Monk

    Another update about Versus, and they give the names of
    the two others characters :D .

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DaMan

    just cancel it already, Squenix. it’ll likely end up as another generic, clunky piece of crap anyway.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Michael O’Connor

    Thelonious Cray? Hyde Bohr? Seriously?!

    Jesus, I remember when Square actually put some thought into their characters names, instead of the “lets bash a bunch of syllables together” crap they come up with now.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. The Hindle

    Ahh people moaning about long dev times again classic, im assumin the vs team have listened to the FF 13 complaints and are making the game as amazing as it can be before they release it. The irony of this if the game was released tomorrow buggy as hell people would say i wish it had more dev time again classic.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. AHA-Lambda

    seriously? not even 2011? this is like one step ahead of hl2 ep3…

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Michael O’Connor

    @24 There’s a big difference between taking your time and taking the piss.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. The Hindle

    Really, its been in development for 4 years so far, its looking like a 6 year project, in comparison Half life 2, Rage, Bioshock Infinite are pretty much the same. So long as it makes FF good again and returns the magic of the old FF games im not bothered about how long it takes. What will take the piss for me is if the game comes out and is just as bad as FF 13.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Johnny Cullen

    @Monk, Michael – I think that was meant to be some sort of joke.

    @Hindle – I think it’s been longer then four years. It’s just been four years since it was first shown. That said, it doesn’t exactly mean much how long it’s been in development for right now.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. zoopdeloop

    Those guys at SE are working on much too many projects this gen at the same time hence the delays and the mediocre-bad games they are “providing” us.
    It’s not in development for years.Nomura’s team paused development on Versus to help with XIII and they kind of started all over after XIII’s release and seeing the reception it got.

    @10 I always though that too,but since your hopes probably will come true,i don’t think so anymore if i take into account the previous one.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. DaMan

    I’d say it’s funny how some folks believe the game might be good just because it ‘s been in development for ages. if anything, that’s a bad sign.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    Like Zoop says, it got stopped and then started again. I forgot about that.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Monk

    @ 28

    yeaah :D .
    I didn`t read the last sentence, so sorry for the confusing : ) .

    #32 4 years ago
  33. DaMan

    are you talking about that 2008 ‘on hold’ one? ?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. The Hindle

    Hmm as long as the game is good people shouldnt care how long it takes, if its shit however then yea there is an issue.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. OwningXylophone

    @ Michael O’Connor

    Because Thelonious Cray & Hyde Bohr are really awful names when compared to Squares previous FF offerings like Cloud, Snow, Lightning, Arc, Terra, Shadow & Dagger… What would you prefer they were called, Toilet Seat & Spam Fritter? At least Thelonious & Hyde sound like they really could be names!

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Michael O’Connor

    @35 Most characters names up to IX were fine. From 10 ownwards, they went a bit tits up.

    It’s funny you say those names sound more like real name, while ignoring plenty of Final Fantasy names that sound perfectly realistic. Here’s just a few short examples.

    Rosa Joanna Farrell, Cecil Harvey, Edward Chris von Muir, Locke Cole, Tina Branford (Terra’s name in the original Japanese version, Celes Chere, Edgar Roni Figaro, Barret Wallace, Cid Highwind, Vincent Valentine, Yuffie Kisaragi, Irvine Kinneas, Rinoa Heartilly, Edea Kramer (Edea is a real name), Zidane Tribal, Adelbert Steiner, Eiko Carol.

    All of the above either are real first and last names, or have a very strong basis in real names.

    FFX had Yuna, Lulu and Rikku, as the closest real names you could get, but it suddenly because unfashionable to give people surnames. This was thankfully restored in FFXII, but even though it’s my favourite in the franchise, the only thing close to a real sounding name in that is Fran.

    FFXIII took the cake. Some of the character names were literally nothing more than random syllables. Sazh Katzroy, Gadot, Jihl Nabaat, Yaag Rosch, Serah Farron
    Dajh Katzroy. It’s like they’re trying to see just how stupidly they can spell a name.

    The biggest defining difference is the fact that in all the game up to 12, there was actual significance behind the naming of every character. That idea has been completely thrown out the window in recent years, which is a little saddening.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. ivycrew707

    i think they went back and did alot over after all the “open-world” backlash 13 received

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Hunam

    Wasn’t the other half of the backlash for FF13 that they cut a ton of content and wasted half of their time making it focusing on silly things like spending a week making a rock for a cutscene.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Aimless

    The biggest defining difference is the fact that in all the game up to 12, there was actual significance behind the naming of every character. That idea has been completely thrown out the window in recent years, which is a little saddening.

    Actually, all of the playable characters in XIII were given names somehow related to the colour white; by contrast the PCs in Versus have black names.

    I’m not saying you have to think it’s a great naming scheme, but they haven’t thrown out the significance as you suggest.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. LOLshock94

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Monk


    those are update for Nomura twitter !

    #41 4 years ago
  42. itsucks

    Confirmed 360 development.

    #42 4 years ago

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