Date: June 1st, 2013 Author: Death Penalty
News Category: Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Tags: Amazon, Versus XIII
That’s right, the massive online retailer has ceased offering Versus XIII for pre-order, listing it now as unavailable and directing users to other sellers. Uncertain release dates and potential vaporware has never stopped Amazon from taking pre-orders before, and what this means remains unclear. The timing, however, is certainly interesting. E3 begins in just a little over a week, and Square Enix continues to tease us with each passing day. Whatever it is that’s going on with this title, it’s quite possible we’ll only have to wait a short while to find out.
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Square-Enix’s merchandise broadcast show, mdRadio, is due for its second episode at the end of May- so in other words, very soon. Last month, Tetsuya Nomura surprised us all by appearing and speaking on the show about Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Unsurprisingly, we were asked yet again to wait. Less expected was Nomura’s apology to fans for the long wait and his promise that Versus XIII’s next appearance had been scheduled.
It appears that the man himself will be speaking yet again when this promised second episode hits. What we can expect from him is anyone’s guess, particularly given how much big news hits around this time every year. One thing’s nearly certain though: We will probably be asked to wait.
Stay tuned on this space for developments.
Being asked to wait is more than familiar to any fan out there anticipating Versus XIII, so it should come as no surprise that Tetsuya Nomura has requested our patience yet again. Appearing on Square Enix Merchandise Radio as a special guest, it was inevitable for Nomura to be asked for information on the highly-anticipated ever-delayed title. He had a few interesting things to say.
He explains that the situation for Versus XIII is a “delicate” one within Square Enix, but that a definite date for Versus’ next reveal has been set. He goes on to muse that the reasoning behind the constant silence concerning Versus might be able to be explained as well. Then, of course, he does what we’d all expect and apologizes while asking us to hold on just a bit longer.
As always, fans can only speculate what this means for the game. There are certainly rumors and more to be had concerning the title, including the persistent buzz of a re-branding as Final Fantasy XV. With E3 less than two months away- and a promise from Shinji Hashimoto that a next-gen Final Fantasy title will be present- one might be able to hazard a guess as to when Versus will next appear. Always remember though that nothing is certain until we next see this near-mythical title in the flesh once more.
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Is Noctis actually a woman? We’ve been assuming since 2006 that he is, well, a he, but a recent tweet from creator Tetsuya Nomura has left us reassessing that. In response to a compliment made about the character on Twitter, the Versus director replied, “if u like noct now wait til u see her @E3 this year #FinalFantasyVersusXIII”.
The tweet has since been deleted but fortunately the member who first saw the it thought to take a screenshot. Could Noctis really be a girl? Noctis being female would go a long way towards explaining ‘his’ delicate features and feminine bone structure. All we know for certain about the character’s background so far is that s/he is a crown prince, could a possible plot point be that her father disguised her as a boy so she could succeed him? In Japan, a woman cannot inherit the throne; could Nomura have been inspired by this when developing the game?
A rival theory, postulated by staff member DeathPenalty, suggests that the sex change only came about after production on the game began, due to the runaway success of Final Fantasy XIII heroine and PS3 icon Lightning. Nomura has been reportedly trying to make up lately for ground lost to rival and colleague Toriyama in the Number 1 Director-Writer race at Square Enix.
Also worth noting is that Noctina would not be the first Final Fantasy character to be secretly female. Final Fantasy V’s Faris was famously revealed to be female, not male, in a shocking plot twist that came about two lines after she’d been introduced to you.
Oh, and Versus is apparently going to be at E3 this year, so you know, there’s that.
Thanks to forum member : cathryn : for finding the tweet!
Roen, clothing designer for the upcoming and long-awaited Final Fantasy Versus XIII is listing the game in their official biography as “Final Fantasy 15 (tentative).” This is listed in the year that S-E made their partnership with Roen and announced them for Versus XIII, with Versus itself being noticeably absent from the company’s biography for that year. Coincidence? Probably not!
Sources say that this name has actually been in place on the Roen site since July of last year, which means that if this is true that it’s been in the works for nearly a year now if not more. If that’s the case, then S-E has been keeping a lot under wraps for a very long time. With the promise by Versus producer Shinji Hashimoto to reveal a next-gen Final Fantasy title at E3, one can only imagine what the future has in store for Versus. Remember though that nothing’s been certain with this game for over six years.
source: Roen’s biography page
Edit: Since this post, the Roen site has been edited to correct the name back to Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
Yeah. Perfume. Really.
I just… no forget it. I have nothing to say.
Have a picture and a link to the guy’s twitter post.
The perfume is called “Noctis” Eau de Toilette. It goes with the Cloud, Sephiroth and Lightning perfumes released in the past. Come back next week for the long awaited release of the official Final Fantasy branded super hair gel.
…urgh, I guess I have to say SOMETHING positive. Considering that they’re launching merchandise, it’s possible that we might see Versus reappear in the spotlight in the upcoming months. We’ll have to wait and see.
Source: Hidemi Matsuzuka’s Twitter
A rumour started by Kotaku last week has been debunked by Square-Enix’s own Yoichi Wada. He laughs at the rumour and goes on to explain that he has just left one of his regular meetings regarding Versus, and that we’d all be very impressed by the presentation shown. Well, time to show it then.
“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’d wouldn’t be able to stand from surprise, lol.”
Remember Theatrhythm? The Final Fantasy 3DS rhythm game Square released in Japan back in February? You’re probably not the only one who doesn’t, but Square Enix have seen fit to release new DLC for it including several new songs from other Final Fantasy titles. Of course one of the songs isn’t from a game that’s seen the light of day yet.
Yoko Shimomura’s Somnus which was released back in 2008 and feature in the debut Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer in 2006, will be coming to the 3DS game on April 4th. Theatrhythm is currently planned to arrive in Europe and America this summer. See the preview below.
Scans are beginning to surface on the internet of the latest issue Famitsu, which has more of their interview with Final Fantasy Versus XIII’s director, Tetsuya Nomura. In the page we have, Nomura speaks of announcements being made at this year’s E3, but more significantly, mentions that they’re looking at releasing Versus in three separate parts as a way of bringing forward the release date.
Nomura explains that Square-Enix are aware of the frustration of fans with regards to the length of Versus’ development time. He also says that, after experimenting with DLC in Final Fantasy XIII-2, SE are keen to make regular use of downloadable content and are looking at releasing the last two thirds of Versus as download-only. He does not mention how much these will cost.
If we’re being told this much now, E3 is definitely going to be a big event for Versus fans. Thanks to forum member BlankChocobo for the translation!
This week’s Famitsu has some interesting comments from Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura regarding the game’s progress.
According to him, he has some news on the project and is almost ready to reveal a lot of info for us (finally) – but some some “totally unrelated” reasons, he can’t. He’s also not allowed to talk about the situation stopping him, and all he can do is “continue discussions” – with who, it isn’t said.
Is he being pushed for Multi-Plat maybe? Or do Square want Versus on the down-low to stay out of the spotlight for another game? Maybe it’s being cancelled after all these many years. Who knows? Hopefully, we’ll know very soon. Until then, we’ll have to keep waiting for our next Versus XIII update.