Date: December 10th, 2011 Author: Chat Noir
News Category: Fabula Nova Crystallis
Tags: event, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix
Live events were held in different retailers in Japan to celebrate the breaking-the-million-members-mark of the Square Enix Members club. The staff of Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Type-0 attended these events and discussed about different stuff such as the performance of Type-0 on PS Vita, the possibility of a Type-0 sequel, some info on the deleted content of the game and some things being considered for XIII-2′s DLC. They were able to discuss these points through the Q&A portion in these events.
Hajime Tabata has stated that Type-0 is looking good and working very well on the PS Vita. Regarding a sequel, he said that if they were to make one it would not directly follow Type-0′s story although he has implied that a sequel would only be made if the fans demanded for one. Proceeding on the Q&A part, he was asked about the characters’ names being based off cards having actual real names and has answered that at first they considered giving them real names but has decided to just keep their code names to make them more mysterious. It was also revealed that during the game’s development they had plans on including a feature where the characters can be controlled to experience dorm life but was cut due to volume issues.
As for XIII-2, Kitase is considering the possibility of releasing Type-0 DLC outfits for the main characters and having FFXIII’s playable characters playable in the game through DLC. They are listening to what the fans want, and says to expect on hearing more info about the DLCs after the game’s release.
Famitsu has begun posting their series of interview from the 1st Production Premier on their website beginning with Part 1 which divulges a little more information behind the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation’s mythology. Thankfully, Andriasang has provided translations of the key points covered in the interview. This part and the ones to follow will be a direct copy from their articles unless otherwise stated.
Along with the interview comes the release of the new Fabula Nova Crystallis logo. On the left is the old logo and on the right is the new one. Try and guess the difference before reading on.
FABULA NOVA CRYSTALLIS MYTHOLOGY
The Final Fantasy XIII-2 part of the Premier event began with the first ever formal description of the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology. This took the form of a five minute narrated animation clip.
Kitase said that the reason they decided to show this now is because they felt that by showing the overall image of the mythology, players would be able to understand it better. The Premier event would be a perfect chance to do this because Final Fantasy Type-0′s release was approaching and they wanted to give the Fabula series a restart.
The video was created by a team headed up by Yusuke Naora (who’s serving as art director on Type-0). The text of the narration was arranged from the mythology book that was created by Kazushige Nojima (who’s heading up the scenario on Versus XIII). Noejima’s book goes into greater detail, telling the feelings of the various gods, for instance.
Kitase joked that the mythology was written five years back and Noejima’s book has been sealed away since then. They had to take it out just for the Premier event.
You can see a translation of the mythology that’s read in the trailer clip at this blog.
The trailer did not show the gods in human form, Famitsu noted. The reason for this, explained Kitase, is that if you use a human form to depict the gods, their image becomes fixed, and the various Fabula series titles would be prevented from having their own interpretation. They decided to go with the forms used in the trailer after considering how to allow the mythology’s image to expand and not get tied down.
You can actually see a sort of humanish form for the mythology’s gods in the Fabula Nova Crystallis logo. The figure shown in the logo is one of the gods. Kitase wouldn’t say which god it is, though, suggesting that players consider it for themselves.
One thing you might not have noticed is that the logo has changed a bit. It no longer says “XIII.” The Fabula Nova Crystallis project was originally announced as Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII, but the XIII is no longer there, neither in the name nor the logo. The reason for the name change, said Kitase, is that Final Fantasy Agito XIII was changed to Final Fantasy Type-0 but is still a member of the Fabula project, so having a XIII in the project name would have been an issue.
Some new scans have already surfaced from the latest issue of Shonen Jump featuring Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0. Unfortunately they’re pretty poor quality but they do contain new character images for all of the titles in the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation. We’re sure higher quality scans will become available soon as well as a flurry of more in-depth scans from other publications like V-Jump and Famitsu.
A newly registered website “www.finalfantasy13-2game.com” has popped up and has been registered by “Corporation Service Company” which has in fact also registered the official sites for other Square Enix games in recent times; Mindjack, Nier, and Gun Loco to name a few.
Could this be a hint to the fan speculated Final Fantasy XIII-2? Or could this simply be a URL for the “Second” game in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series which many would consider to be Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Considering that Square Enix’s 1st Production Department Premier is only a week away perhaps we’ll get some answers regarding this soon and maybe a few surprises.
Who knows, but for now, you might want to take this news with a grain of salt.
Although it may have taken longer than expected, the joint Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII trailers have been officially released online. Unlike the previous Square Enix trailers released over the past couple of weeks though, you unfortunately need to have a login to the Japanese Square Enix Members site. Of course that hasn’t stopped people from ripping it. Here’s the trailer for all to see. An HD version will probably be released soon.
Update: The Youtube link has been taken down. We’ve now uploaded it to our own player.
It’s been a long time since we’ve actually seen an officially released trailer for either Final Fantasy Versus XIII or Final Fantasy Agito XIII, but apparently we won’t have to wait much longer. In a surprising turn of events—for Square Enix anyway—it has been announced by Nomura himself that all trailers, both public and private will be released over the coming days.
Nomura tweeted via the 3rd_birthday Twitter account that each title’s trailer will be posted on their respective official sites soon starting with todays reveal of the Dissidia 012 [duodecim] trailer. He says the reason for this staggered release of trailers is because of the time it takes to create each site and asks for everyone to be patient. This announcement does put into question Square’s efforts to remove all traces of the leaked Versus and Agito trailers from the internet. It’s possible that this decision to release them officially was made in light of how impossible it really is to expect no one to attempt to leak them. Let’s look forward to our upcoming (hopefully) HD Fabula Nova Crystallis fix.
Thanks to our forum member john tora volta.
Source: 3rd_birthday Twitter
The latest issue of Famitsu gives us some details of the upcoming Fabula Nova Crystallis Conference being held on January 11th next year. Tetsuya Nomura helps enlighten us on what’s actually going to take place at the event. See the list below for what’s confirmed so far.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII Screenshots will be released.
New titles will be announced – some not even part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation.
New Dissidia 012 [duodecim] characters will be announced.
…and apparently there will be more surprises revealed at the event itself.
There’s no mention of any trailers being shown at the conference as of yet, but it would seem out of place for there not to be any video footage at all. There is more good news though. Square have confirmed that “some” members of the public will be able to attend the event. Let’s hope it isn’t a huge disappointment.
It looks like we won’t have to wait for our Versus and Agito fix for quite as long as we though. Both the Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII trailers have been leaked and posted online. They’ve been recorded on a camera obviously so the quality is pretty bad but at least they didn’t get caught recording them. Here you go:
Although the combined Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII trailer has been spared the fate of appearing in Square’s infamous Closed Mega Theatre, it’s humiliatingly been stuck only appearing on screens inside the Square Enix booth where people queue to play other games. Even so, Gamespot has taken the time to post some impressions of the trailer. Read them below.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
“The Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer was part of a series of incredibly brief trailers that showed images from Final Fantasy XIII as well as Final Fantasy Agito XIII. We saw the main character, a young man with short black hair wander through several completely deserted areas. First it was a barren landscape, then it switched to a deteriorated roadway, and eventually we see him in the city, where it was just him fighting a giant behemoth. The quick fight scene showed him jumping and slashing furiously at the beast. Any hint of color or life in the trailer was limited to the spurts of red blood, coming from the behemoth, which stood out against the mostly dark and grey environment. There was nothing else on screen that would give us any clues as to how this game is set up other than it looks to be a 3D action game.“lockquote>
Final Fantasy Agito XIII
“It does appear that the cast in the game are a bunch of students, as we saw a young girl school girl in a noticeably short skirt wielding a giant hammer. The gameplay appears to be action oriented, with a targeting system similar to Crisis Core. Even if we could understand Japanese, the trailer was over so fast that all we could make out was that there will be some giant mechanical foes as well as chocobos to ride on.
At the end of the series of painfully short trailers, which included images for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Square Enix revealed that a Fabula Nova Crystallis conference will be held January 11, 2011, so we can assume all the information is being saved until then.“lockquote>
We weren’t expecting much from this years Tokyo Game Show but for the hundredth time, any kind of official news for Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII has been delayed. Instead of once again being disappointed this time around though, we have a guarantee we’ll finally see something worth while soon.
A source at TGS has revealed that although the games have a minor presence there, they will actually be getting an entire “Fabula Nova Crystallis Conference” where new media will most likely be revealed. The conference which is taking part in January should hopefully answer our prayers. Hopefully it won’t just be press only.
Source: die_Erde (Twitter)