Japanese company, Square Enix, is one of the most well-known video game developing companies to date. Any RPG fan will know titles such as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Dragon Quest. They are now even working on the Tomb Raider series. Final Fantasy has sold more than 100 million units, making it Square Enix’s bestselling franchise. It has also helped revolutionise the RPG genre for the gaming market outside of Japan. So, why are some fans so unhappy when the name Final Fantasy is mentioned? It’s partly because of Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII was revealed in 2006, along with Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0 – all of which are part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series. The story revolves around the protagonist, Noctis Lucis Caelum, a prince protecting the last magic crystal in the world which lays in his city. From 2006 until now, there has been very little information about the game. Fans were eagerly awaiting Versus at the Tokyo Game Show this year. High hopes of a demo or some substantial information was crushed when Square Enix producer, Shinji Hashimoto, confirmed that the game wasn’t going to be shown this year. The reason for this was because “they’re first putting all their effort into FFXIV and the Lightning Saga finale.”
Final Fantasy Type-0 has a dark opening sequence which reflects the tone of the game. The game revolves around Class Zero, a class of students capable with using magic. They have to reclaim their crystal and fight the Milites Empire and their powerful l’Cie. Type-0 was announced in 2006 and was released in 2011 for the Playstation Portable. Little information has been shown about its release for North America or Europe. It was revealed by Hajime Tabata that a Final Fantasy Type-0 localisation is being worked on and there has been no information since. There is a high demand for an English version of Type-0, especially in North America.
Fans have been waiting patiently for a long time, only to be told vague pieces of information. Final Fantasy Versus XIII has said to be “turning out unbelievably amazing” by producer, Shinji Hashimoto. Just recently, director Tetsuya Nomura revealed a sketch of Noctis with the message, “Please wait for his turn to appear.” Sure, Square Enix have been revealing tiny snippets about Versus and Type-0’s localization here and there, but that’s not enough.
That’s where Project Crystallis comes in. On September 3rd 2012, the fan-based organisation was formed on GameFAQs. What is their goal? They want to respectfully and peacefully protest for information pertaining to Final Fantasy Versus XIII and the localisation of Final Fantasy Type-0. They wish to get some real answers from Square Enix, instead of the vague ones fans are so used to getting. Final Fantasy Type-0 was released October 27th 2011 and despite demands made by western fans, there has been not much signs of a western release or an English version of the game. Moreover, Final Fantasy Versus XIII was announced alongside Final Fantasy XIII back in 2006, yet XIII and its sequel XIII-2 have been released. A XIII-3 is also set to be released next year. Director Tetsuya Nomura has even announced that there will be a sequel to The World Ends with You and development for that game has begun.
If you’re a Final Fantasy fan and want answers as well, please support Project Crystallis by signing their petition and looking at their Facebook page. Our mission does not involve bashing or blaming other franchises. Our Facebook is found at: http://www.facebook.com/ProjectCrystallis. Our petition is found at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/project-crystallis.html.
GameFAQs thread: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-versus-xiii/63945817
Written by Kushina ; Edited by Inzane and HRsksky