Date: July 20th, 2012 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII
Tags: Fabula Nova Crystallis, Final Fantasy XIII, Sequel, Square Enix
Square Enix isn’t done with Final Fantasy XIII yet. Today they have announced a 25th anniversary event for the franchise where they will announce the continuation of the Final Fantasy XIII series. The event which is taking place from August 31st until September 2nd will feature a Final Fantasy XIII stage event entitled the “Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga: New Developments Presentation”.
The presentation will be hosted by Toriyama and Kitase as well as other members of the development team. No details other than the name of the event are given but the possibility of a Final Fantasy XIII-3 is obviously on everyone’s minds. Stay tuned and check back at 11:30 on September 1st, Shibuya time.
Dengeki’s Fabula Nova Crystallis blowout is still underway with an interview featuring Tabata, Kitase, and Nomura talking about Final Fantasy Type-0 now development is finished. The big reveal comes from Nomura that they’re already discussing the potential for a sequel.
Kitase and Tabata are apparently engaging in secret discussions about the potential for a Type-0 sequel or other possible developments. It sounds like it’s in early days, unsurprising since the first game isn’t out until tomorrow, but they’re keeping their cards close to their chest and aren’t able to go into any specifics. It looks like the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation is set to get even bigger.
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.
It’s just been announced at the 1st Production Premier that Final Fantasy Agito XIII has now been renamed Final Fantasy Type-0 but apparently still remains part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation. Tabata says the reason behind the change is because Agito has little to do with the FFXIII compilation and this would allow them to develop Type-0 into an entire series of it’s own.
After this though, he managed to confirm that Type-0 will be coming out for PSP this summer in Japan.
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: