UPDATE: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Alive and Well, Says Wada

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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UPDATE [7/23/12]:  Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still in development, smashing the rumor of its cancellation to bits.  On Twitter, Yoichi Wada went so far as to comment about the matter himself:

 “It seems someone is spreading a false rumor about Versus being canceled. Heh, just a few moments ago a regularly scheduled meeting for Versus ended. If you were to see the city etc. presented today, you wouldn’t be able to stand from surprise, lol.”

We can now collectively sigh in relief, as Square Enix will still have its chance at redeeming the falling Final Fantasy name.  If Versus XIII lives up to the hype, well, that remains to be seen, but at least we will get a chance to find out for ourselves.







ORIGINAL (BUSTED) STORY [7/20/12]: Earlier today, Kotaku claimed that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was canceled sometime within the past few weeks. According to one of their sources, Square Enix “decided to let Final Fantasy Versus XIII die quietly on the vine and fade away, instead of officially announcing its cancellation”. Meanwhile, another of their sources claimed that Versus XIII had actually been absorbed into the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. That one seems more plausible, given how Agito XIII was renamed to Type-0 while the actual XIII series seem to be focused on the ongoing adventures of Cloud If He Was a Girl.

Of course, keep in mind that all of this is a rumor. Remember how everyone was excited about the rumored crossover with Star Fox and Metroid? Yeah. That was totally going to be a thing.


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  • It’s sad news if true. I think a lot of us were hoping that this wouldn’t happen, and that we would all be proven wrong. But we all kind of knew that it wasn’t going that well. The game has missed many trade shows. Even at E3, where Square Enix literally had nothing more than a tech demo to show, and this game was absent. All they had to do was showcase the same trailer, or do a slightly newer trailer to prove to us that the game was still being worked on. But that is not the case.

  • “if cloud was a girl” way to go on ripping into a very likable character. Just let her be her own person. Geeze. :/ Such crap.

    • I like Lightning as well. But hey, it’s kind of funny.
      I wouldn’t mind Lightning taking the reins again as the main protagonist, as long as they find a good reason to do so.

    • You did watch that secret ending right? Perfectly good reason to do so…

    • She’s certainly a more interesting character than Sarah…

    • To be fair, the designers literally asked Nomura to design Lightning as a female Cloud.

  • Bakuryukun

    Seriously, what is kotaku’s source on this? as far as I can tell, they just ASSUMED and everyone is taking it as truth. Why would they put Somnus into Theatrhythym if this was true? It goes agianst “letting it fade out of existance quietly” I call bullshit.

    • This is why I put the word “rumor” in the title. Because I know it’s very likely to be bullshit.

  • I call BS at least to an extent, SE has poured so many resources and hyped this game so much there’s no way they’d just shelve it, also I don’t trust anything Kotaku says, oh and the fact that a track from Versus XIII Somnus is in TheAtRhythm makes me think they are still making the game, I’d honestly love to just see this become XV though, as long as we get to know Noctus’ story, I’m thoroughly intrigued by this game and would be utterly devastated if it was abandoned…

    • Looks like your intuition was correct.

    • I’m honestly relieved, not particularly surprised, but happy that Kotaku’s anonymous source was full of it…

  • Guys need to calm down it an rumor just made an false.


    • this doesn’t necessarily mean it is false. However, the original rumor doesn’t really have any validation either.

  • Jared Cyhowski

    Rumors will spawn more rumors, but honestly Kotaku didn’t have anything to go off of. I think we will hear more of Versus XIII and its future release, hopefully at TGS.

  • Scott435

    Well considering I trust Kotaku as much as IGN, not surprised to hear their rumor was false.

  • Ace

    I believe any other news site than Kotaku. Kotaku just puts a bunch of smut and calls it news.

    • They have good editorials, but their ‘game news’ isn’t quite up to snuff or trusted.

    • As long as they publish anything written by Tim Rogers, I wouldn’t even go that far.

  • is this they same as FF Type-0?

    • No. Type-0 is the former Final Fantasy Agito XIII.

  • saw this coming a mile away. Sqaure Enix may be a bit stupid at times, but even THEY won’t cancel a project this far…..right?………RIGHT?

  • I figured this would be the case. I felt that Kotaku lost its credibility as a journalistic resource years ago and can’t bring myself to trust a word they say without mountains of evidence to back up any claim they make.

  • DunbansBiggestFanForever

    YAY! I’m happy for the fans even though this won’t technically come to xbox lol ^_^