It is a sad day for Final Fantasy fans everywhere. Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been cancelled, at least that is what a report by Kotaku claims. The news has rendered me speechless.
Back in 2006, the Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer made its debut. The trailer sparked excitement throughout the Final Fantasy world. I could not wait for the release…yet, I waited. Then I waited some more…
According to Kotaku, the game was officially cancelled within the last few weeks. Kotaku has also reported that an official announcement might not be made, but instead they plan on allowing the legend to fade out of existence. The worst part about the announcement is that in March, Nomura released the following statement:
“We’re almost done with preparing the latest info for the game,” Nomura told Famitsu. “Because of a totally unrelated reason, there are circumstances in which that info cannot be released.”
“We would like to ask for your patience on an official announcement for this title. It always takes time when tackling the challenge of doing something completely new, but we are doing our best to bring information to the fans as quickly as we can. Your patience is greatly appreciated.”
Why would Nomura continue to speak of a game that might never be? Is it possible that something else might be afoot? It was announced recently that Square Enix will no longer be making big in-house productions. Could Final Fantasy Versus XIII be a casualty of this decision? Maybe, maybe not.
As I contemplated what the cancellation of Final Fantasy Versus XIII means, I thought back to a leaked trailer before this year’s E3. It showed footage of Versus XIII, but the logo read Final Fantasy XV. Is it possible that the story line of Versus XIII took on a life of its own, so much that it deserved its own number? Is it also possible that Square has handed the project off to another developer? That would explain the Square Enix Cancellation, but would not necessarily mean the end of the game as we know it. What are your thoughts, theories, and/or comments?
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