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Rumour: Final Fantasy Versus XIII canned after six years dev

Friday, 20 July 2012 09:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Kotaku’s rumouring that Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been cancelled after six years of production.

The site has heard from “several sources” that the RPG has been cancelled, with one saying the decision was made on the project in the recent weeks.

The suggestion is that there isn’t to be an official announcement in an effort to protect Square’s share price, but that the game will rather just fade away.

The game’s resources have apparently been folded into another game, reportedly the next numeric Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XV.

It was reported this morning that Square’s readying to make FFXIII announcements on September 1.

Fade away

The development of Final Fantasy Versus XIII is legendary for all the wrong reasons. Square announced the title more than six years ago as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis saga.

In recent months, dev lead Tetusya Nomura had clearly grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress with the game. He promised in January that a new real-time demo was to be shown, but then added in March that “totally unrelated” circumstances were stopping more details being released.

Versus XIII only entered full production towards the end of last year.

The last moving footage was reported on was in late 2010.

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43 Comments

  1. locus2k1

    In the words of Comic Book Guy:

    “There is no emoticon to express what I am feeling right now”

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    That’s pretty epic, yeah.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Hunam

    I’ve killed for lesser insults than this.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    It’s not canned. TGS showing’s been planned apparently from what’s been mentioned. – http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=40064380#post40064380

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    Deader than a continent full of dodos.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Sini

    The gameplay trailer was pretty bad, but the earlier one with that shark in the trailer will never be forgotten, neither will the opera music.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4nfyJl6r5A&feature=fvsr

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dark

    :’(

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Takeshi

    I would’ve have shrugged at this a few years ago. But since getting a PS3 I’ve been increasingly looking forward to new information about this title. It’s kind of sad if it’s true, but also reliving to see them cancel it if it’s not going anywhere.

    I hope we’ll get some kind of clarification from Tetsuya Nomura like Kojima on Rising.

    What exactly went wrong?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    Yeah, I’m not believing this for a second without a confirmation.

    At most, I expect a name change.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    We’ll see, but my instant reaction is that it’s obviously true. They’ve said openly that they can’t have another product like FFXIII, so unless they were planning on doing something really radical I can’t see why they’d even consider making the investment. They’re pushing into next gen and Versus never really got off the ground. It makes sense they’d drop it, given they barely even bothered with it at all. They’ll have to make a confirmation one way or the other soon, I guess, but I seriously doubt Brian would be writing this stuff unless he was solid. I wouldn’t.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Hunam

    If they just rename it FF15, then great, that’s amazing. If they can it I’m just washing my hands of FF and give up on Japan entirely (outside of Atlus, who love me and I them)

    #11 3 years ago
  12. The_Red

    @9
    While I think there is a strong possibility that FFv13 is indeed dead, your idea sounds really plausible. FF15 or something.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. SplatteredHouse

    :( That sucks.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Dragon246

    Ok , if its true then FUCK YOU SE!!!!
    Sony should sue them off their pants so that they wont do something like this again.
    Also if they want a story for ff15, contact me. Heres a prologue-
    In a world where live by playing games, a demon called sqaraga destroys peoples lives by closing down the biggest game they announced. So Dragon and his friends start a epic journey to defeat the demon and make world a better place.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Night Hunter

    Come on, who didn’t see something like this coming. The games development process was a trainwreck from day 1.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. GenericShooterSoldier

    I have too been hearing that they are preparing to announce FFXV for current gen apparently being made by Hiroyuki Ito, the same guy who made FF6,9,12. So thats good news, but this is a real shame.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Clupula

    If this is true, then it is an absolute fucking outrage and I hope the shareholders throw the biggest fit possible at the next meeting. Squeenix has been in a state of disarray ever since Sakaguchi stepped down and if this is true, then those responsible deserve to be purged from their jobs.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    That is actually huge. So basically my PS3 purchase was not justified.

    Tetsuya Nomura officially sucks cock.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Fin

    @18

    Bro, if you buy a console for a game that’s not been released, you might be dumbass.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    @19, nope. I actually bought a console for gameS that were released, but i wanted this one too.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Fin

    @20

    Cool I’ll change it so:

    Bro, if your entire console purchase isn’t justified because one game isn’t coming out, you might be a dumbass.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    @21, Sorry, it’s not my fault that dumbasses from Square Enix/Sony can’t do their shit right.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    @21
    I think the word “might” is a bit out of place in the whole thing too ;)

    #23 3 years ago
  24. marijnlems

    If this is true, and THEN they officially announce they’re working on FFXIII-freaking-3, THEN I’ll lose all faith in mankind. But not a minute before!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Clupula

    @18 – if this is true, I don’t think it would be Nomura who is to blame, as he put several years of his life into this, but Wada, who has shown, time and time again, that he has no fucking clue what to do with the company.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    But than again, i think all these rumors are fake. Song “Somnus” was released for Theatrhythm in NA Last Week.

    So how it can be dead? Just how the F this thing can be dead?

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Deacon

    I’m a huge SQenix fan, but I don’t really feel anything by this. It really is no biggie.

    So they roll all of the assets into the next big iteration. No great loss there. I wasn’t overly excited about the battle system of Versus anyway so this may well turn out to be really great news in disguise.

    I still love you SQenix <3

    #27 3 years ago
  28. DarkElfa

    Since when are companies allowed to lie to their investors in order to save money? Don’t they have to tell them these kinds of things?

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    @28

    Nope because they never said an official date for release. Its not lying.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. shogoz

    All your tears as well as mine are going to be used as lubricant tonight while I masturbate over this news

    #30 3 years ago
  31. aseddon130

    So it should be, Both FF13 games were probably the worst reviewed games from the whole series? I bet FF13-2 did especially badly hence why they put the bullet into this one.

    Makes sense, start work on FF15 for new consoles and revolutionise the FF series, because it needs it.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Voight

    well, it isn’t that hard to believe, since we’ve got a statement from someone in Japanese Squenix earlier on the fact that they’re not getting themselves into anything big at the moment, so there you go.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Mystic Sage

    I will flip my freakin lid if they cancel this. This is what XIII and XIII-2 should have been.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    “This game we’ve been barely any gameplay footage of and a handful of generic, emo cutscenes from is the game that FFXIII should have been! Square Enix has let us down constantly this generation… but this title, which is barely out of the alpha stages, will be different! Just you wait and see!”

    #34 3 years ago
  35. a7md1990

    FUCK THEM AND THE HORSE THEY RODE IN ON!.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. hitnrun

    I guess this is the next logical step in Squaresoft’s operational trajectory toward metastatic project bloat and increasing development schedules: games that are too big and too polished and too loaded with fluff to ever actually be feasibly finished.

    When they said they couldn’t produce an HD remake of FFVII – something a classroom of second-world school kids could do in their basements – because it would take 13 years, I laughed because it was true.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Malmer

    This is funny. It’s like clockwork. I’m reading a fairly reasonable thread of comments. Then there is an angry, trolling, comment. I move my eyes to check the name of who wrote it, and every time it is the same. :)

    #37 3 years ago
  38. shogoz

    Where’s the “like” button? I wanna “like” Malmers comment!

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Henry

    FFV13 has already accomplished its mission: help the sales of PS3 where there was no game on it.

    It sold you a fantasy. But that fantasy would cost too much to become real.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Puggy

    Lets just hope they do not put too much “revolution” into the next FF. I mean nowadays that word usually means we take a game with a somewhat solid gameplay and totally change it, usually into an ego perspective shooter.

    And whats with all the no world map idea in FF lately anyway? I actually liked that…

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Yosemite

    Best comment for Malmers!!

    #41 3 years ago
  42. redsn00w

    finally it’s true this notice? I’m scary, SE… bad boy… don’t play with the people guys.

    D=

    #42 2 years ago
  43. YoungZer0

    Did you resurrect someone from the dead?

    #43 2 years ago

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]