Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a title that barely exists under its own weight. What does that mean? Some know that the game exists because it’s the game that is preventing Tetsuya Nomura from working on the next Kingdom Hearts console release. Some know it as the game that Square Enix first announced back in 2006, and which seems to have progressed very little since then. A few might know that it is only vaguely related to 2009’s Final Fantasy XIII or this year’s Final Fantasy XIII-2, as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy series. As a whole, though, it is difficult to focus on Final Fantasy Versus XIII as anything more than an abstract string of ideas, because it was announced so long ago, and its release doesn’t seem to be getting any closer.
At the end of last week, Square Enix confirmed the list of titles that would be on display at E3. Big titles like Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider will be on display, but once again, Final Fantasy Versus XIII didn’t make the cut. In this month’s issue of Game Informer, Nomura gave a brief mention of the title:
“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.”
The next big venue that Square might use to reveal new information about the game would be the Tokyo Game Show, and since the title will definitely be big at home, this would be a logical venue, especially since work on Final Fantasy XIII-2 has concluded. However, given Square’s track record concerning Versus XIII, the likelihood of it showing up anywhere anytime soon seems to be slim.
Given that the game only began true development this past November, that means it’s been in a state of, at best, alpha development since 2006. If that’s the case, then obviously Square revealed the game too early. However, that seems to be par for the course for them the last few years. I can remember how long it took Final Fantasy XIII to release. It’s difficult to maintain any sort of excitement for a title when there is not even the slightest indication of a release. Is anyone really excited for the game at this point?